The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Wanting to discuss weighty matters Of great Zen import

A monk’s come knocking
On my brushwood gate,
Wanting to discuss weighty matters
Of great Zen import:
Excuse this mountain priest,
Too lazy to open his mouth
But warblers are singing
All over the blossom-strewn village.

Jakushitsu Genko (1290-1367) via
~ artist: Tokuriki Romikichiro

— with Alfonso Aldunate Salazar.


3 responses

  1. Simplicity can’t be simpler. Beauty doesn’t benefit from adornments. The blossoms and birdsong are enlivening, aren’t they?

    June 18, 2016 at 7:42 am

    • Lou

      The Sun, the moon, a good nap, heaven.

      June 18, 2016 at 9:49 am

  2. Twenty

    Give up learning, and put an end to your troubles.

    Is there a difference between yes and no?
    Is there a difference between good and evil?
    Must I fear what others fear? What nonsense!
    Other people are contented, enjoying the sacrificial feast of the ox.
    In spring some go to the park, and climb the terrace,
    But I alone am drifting, not knowing where I am.
    Like a newborn babe before it learns to smile,
    I am alone, without a place to go.

    Others have more than they need, but I alone have nothing.
    I am a fool. Oh, yes! I am confused.
    Others are clear and bright,
    But I alone am dim and weak.
    Others are sharp and clever,
    But I alone am dull and stupid.
    Oh, I drift like the waves of the sea,
    Without direction, like the restless wind.

    Everyone else is busy,
    But I alone am aimless and depressed.
    I am different.
    I am nourished by the great mother.

    June 18, 2016 at 9:15 pm

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