THREE VIEWS OF THE SHOBOGENZO

SEIGAN’S WHISK

If a master asks
where I am from
I shall tell him.
If he lifts his stick
and asks if
they have this stick there
I will grab the stick
and cast it
into the ocean
so it may go
where it chooses.

HYAKUJO REMAINS SEATED

The gift of dharma
flies off
in ten directions
on silent winds.
Only your body
can bridge
the infinite abyss.

NANSEN’S WATER BUFFALO

Along the path
there is always the sun
but where do you find it
in the heart of night.
The moon is a mirror
even the water buffalo
knows this clearly
and a shrouding cloud
is but a million lenses
overwhelming the eye.
Only when you see this
may you stand
in the field
with the great beast.