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When all thoughts
by Ryokan

When all thoughts
Are exhausted
I slip into the woods
And gather
A pile of shepherd’s purse.

Like the little stream
Making its way
Through the mossy crevices
I, too, quietly
Turn clear and transparent.

— from Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryokan, Translated by John Stevens


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not HOT peppers

Who is hearing?
Your physical being doesn’t hear,
Nor does the void.
Then what does?
Strive to find out.
Put aside your rational Intellect,
Give up all techniques.
Just get rid of the notion of self.


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Even the Fire is Cool

In the midsummer heat, the gate is closed and we’re wearing monk’s robes,
In addition, there are no pines or bamboos shading the rooms and corridors,
For a peaceful meditation, we need not to go to the mountains and streams;
When thoughts are quieted down, fire itself is cool and refreshing.

Ch’an monk Tu Kou-hao 杜苟鶴
These were Zen master Kaisen’s last words prior to being burned alive in his temple by soldiers.

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Thunder and Lightening over Scranton

When we see truly, there is nothing at all.
There is no person; there is no Buddha.
Innumerable things of the universe
 are just bubbles on the sea.
Wise sages are all like flashes of lightning.

–   Yoka Genkaku (665-713 CE), Shodoka

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