THREE MORE VIEWS OF THE SHOBOGENZO

BASO’S HEART SUTRA

When my teacher asks
of my practice
I shall be still
for the eye speaks volumes
and the mouth sees
all that lies before it.

HŌON’S AWAKENING

A fool always asks
how do I get to
where will I find
what will come.

A wise man
can swallow an ocean
in a single gulp,
hear symphonies
in a cricket’s chirp
and light up night skies
with the lamp within.

MASTER LINJI’S ORIGINAL PURITY

The mirror, you say
reflects your face
but how do you know this?
It could be
a raging river,
a still pond
or a mountain.
Close your eyes-
what is your face now?