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jeff j



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:58 am    Post subject: Bankei Reply with quote

Bankei

(1622-1693) -- his "Song of Original Mind"

Unborn and imperishable
Is the original mind
Earth, water, fire and wind
A temporary lodging for the night

Attached to this
Ephemeral burning house
You yourselves light the fire, kindle the flames
In which youíre consumed
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Keep your mind as it was
When you came into the world
And instantly this very self
Is a living "thus-come" one

Ideas of
Whatís good , whatís bad
All due to
This self of yours

In winter, a bonfire
Spells delight
But when summertime arrives
What a nuisance it becomes!

And the breezes
You loved in summer
Even before the autumnís gone
Already have become a bother
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Throwing your whole life away
Sacrificed to the thirst for gold
But when you saw your life was through
All your money was no use

Clinging, craving and the like
I donít have them on my mind
Thatís why nowadays I can say
The whole world is truly mine!
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Since, after all this floating world
Is unreal
Instead of holding onto things in
Your mind, go and sing!

Only original mind exists
In the past and in the future too
Instead of holding onto things in
Your mind, let them go!
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Having created
the demon mind yourself
When it torments you mercilessly
Youíre to blame and no one else

When you do wrong
our mindís the demon
Thereís no hell
To be found outside

Abominating hell
Longing for heaven
You make yourself suffer
In a joyful world

You think that good
Means hating what is bad
Whatís bad is
The hating mind itself
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Fame, wealth, eating and
drinking, sleep and sensual delight --
Once youíve leaned the Five Desires
They become
Your guide in life

Notions of what one should do
Never existed from the start
Fighting about whatís right, whatís wrong
Thatís the doing of the "I"

When your study
Of Buddhism is through
You find
You havenít anything new
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

If you think the mind
That attains enlightenment
Is "mine"
Your thoughts will wrestle, one with the other

These days Iím not bothering about
Getting enlightenment all the time
And the result is
I wake up in the morning feeling fine!

Praying for salvation in the world to come
Praying for your own selfish ends
Is only piling on more and more
Self-centeredness and arrogance
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Die -- then live
Day and night within the world
Once youíve done this, then you can
Hold the world right in your hand!
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

If you search for the Pure Land
Bent upon your own reward
Youíll only find yourself
despised
By the Buddha after all!

People have no enemies
None at all right from the start
You create them all yourself
Fighting over right and wrong

Clear are the workings of cause
and effect
You become deluded, but
donít know
Itís something that youíve done yourself
Thatís whatís called self- centeredness
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Though the years may creep ahead
Mind itself can never age
This mind thatís
Always just the same

Wonderful! Marvelous!
When youíve searched
and found at last
The one who never will grow old
-- "I alone!"

The Pure Land
Where one communes at peace
Is here and now, itís not remote
Millions and millions of leagues away

When someone tosses you a tea bowl
-- Catch it!
Catch it nimbly with soft cotton
With the cotton of your skillful mind!

(Zenshu, pp. 519-522 -- trans. Peter Haskel, Bankei Zen, pp. 125-132)
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely spiffing dear jeff.

Thank-you for this delightful reading Razz

I do enjoy this little corner of the universe.

love aqua~
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



It is always feeling good
To come back home
from a hard work day
And to find around the fireplace
A nice poem from Bankei,
A cup of hot tea andÖ
To relax in a good companyÖ


Gratitude, 'jeff'...

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


It is always feeling good
To come back home
from a hard work day
And to find around the fireplace
A nice poem,
A cup of hot tea andÖ
To relax in a good company
Ö

Thank-you for this delightful reading
I do enjoy this little corner of the universe

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jeff wrote:

It is always feeling good
To come back home
from a hard work day
And to find around the fireplace
A nice poem,
A cup of hot tea andÖ
To relax in a good company
Ö

Thank-you for this delightful reading
I do enjoy this little corner of the universe


interesting photo... Smile

some_one have asked here
as to what is simplicity...

THIS IS...

(what we both wrote...)

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Die -- then live
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unborn and imperishable
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wake up in the morning feeling fine!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Pure Land
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is here and now
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

-- Catch it!
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