ON THE OTHER SHORE OF NON-EGO Without remembering or thinking of death You have indulged in words and arguments. For the past thirty-two years You have failed to realize this fact. But you can gain far more If you devote yourself to actual practice. Alas, in this time of defilement, Great are people's passions and … Continue reading Empty words are useless and help little!
The teaching without a teaching One day the king of yen visited the master Chao Chou, who did not even get up when he saw him coming. The king asked, "which is higher, a worldly king, or the 'king of dharma'?" Chao Chou replied, "Among human kings I am higher; among the kings of dharma … Continue reading MAN LIVES IN AN UPSIDE-DOWN STATE
Once, three scholars on the way to the civil service examination stopped to buy refreshments from a woman who sold pastries by the wayside. One man was calm and quiet, while the other two argued over literature. The woman asked where they were going. The latter two told her they were going to take the … Continue reading Zen: Quiet waters run deep
ZEAL FOR UNIVERSAL ENLIGHTENMENT That even the people of the countryside (the illiterate and the semi-literate) who do not know the meanings of written characters and who are painfully and hopelessly ignorant, may easily understand, I have (and will) sometimes repeated the same things over and over. The educated (the unenlightened scholars) will probably find … Continue reading The Apologia pro Vita Sua of a Sage