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Poetry Month – Poems By Zen Masters

The following translations are from the book Original Teachings of Chan Buddhism, by Chang Chun-Yuan, A Vintage Book, 1971. From Master Tsao-shan He who says that a dragon is singing in the dry woods Is he who truly sees Tao. The skull has no consciousness, But wisdom’s eye begins to shine in it. If joy […]
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Masters – Shitou Xiqian – Song of the Grass-Roof Hermitage

Song of the Grass-Roof Hermitage, written by Shitou Xiqian  (700 – 790). I’ve built a grass hut where there’s nothing of value. After eating, I relax and enjoy a nap. When it was completed, fresh weeds appeared. Now it’s been lived in – covered by weeds. The person in the hut lives here calmly, Not stuck […]
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Masters – Shitou Xiqian – Harmony of Difference and Equality

The poem Harmony of Difference and Equlity (or Sameness) is a classic Chan Zen poem known for its concise and high-level insight of Buddhism, written by Shitou Xiqian  (700 – 790). This translation below is courtesy of Sacred-Texts. Harmony of Difference and Sameness 竺土大仙心 The mind of the great sage of India 東西密相付 is intimately transmitted […]
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One Mind – The Film

A wonderful project that brings the finite workings and beauty of a Chinese Zen (Chan) monastery – Zhenru Monastery. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/one-mind-a-cinematic-meditation-on-zen-monastic-life-in-china/x/6073825 Background ONE MIND is a documentary film that will engage audiences with the living practice of a traditional Zen (Chan) monastic community in Southern China. Eschewing talking-head interviews and the authority of a narrative voice, […]
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