ANOTHER VISIT TO SHOBOGENZO

YANGSHAN’S NO ENLIGHTENMENT

Within nothing
there are all things,
within all things
there is nothing.

The Buddha asks
in your binary
electronic world
how can I count
on you to survive
if zero is
taken from you.

 

NANYUE POLISHES A BRICK

There is no reason
to sit zazen,
it is worthless
yet it cannot be purchased
for any price.
Better to take up
a stone and polish it
without end until
it reflects your practice
and you are one
with the stone.

 

MINISTER PEIXIU SEES A PORTRAIT

Nothing can be seen
in a polished mirror
except the surface
of the glass.
True vision comes
only with blindness,
the words of Dharma
can only be heard
by the deaf.