Sunday, 1 April 2018

和歌 April 2018

By Rory A.A. Hinton



Sunday April 01, 2018 (036)
The same old refrain:
"...once asked by a monastic..."
The more that things change,
the more they remain the same.
Is this the family secret?

Sunday April 01, 2018 (037)
In boundless style
the Vulture Peak blossom blinks.
Nirvāṇa smiles
as Bodhidharma's eyes both
open and close without lids.

Monday April 02, 2018 (038)
Xuefeng likes to steal
from Xuansha, as they both
turn the dharma wheel
with all the burning buddhas,
throwing fire back and forth.

Tuesday April 03, 2018 (039)
There is no virtue
either to lose or to gain.
But there is virtue
to gain by losing virtue
like Jingqing and Mingjiao.

Tuesday April 03, 2018 (040)
The bowl from Tibet
is singing for blind Baoshou.
The bowl from Tibet
is sitting on its zafu.
The mallet is struck by it.

Wednesday April 04, 2018 (041)
Answer the pillar
when it asks: What do you say?
Say: Ask the pillar.
If you do not understand,
then you do not understand.

Thursday April 05, 2018 (042)
It has always been
right here, and also right there.
Everywhere is seen
traveling its pilgrimage.
Moon over monastery.

Friday April 06, 2018
A blanket of snow
covers the fresh springtime grass.
The winter wind blows
most of the birds back down south.
One bird remains. Shivering.

Friday April 06, 2018 (043)
Only a serpent
cuts snakes into two pieces.
Only the servant
of Guizong sees where he cuts
through the silent lecturer.

Saturday April 07, 2018 (044)
Sitting and preaching
the word without any words.
Preaching and sitting
still after all of these years.
Expression. Enjoyment. Ease.

Saturday April 07, 2018 (045)
The singing bowl’s mouth
opens wide to the heavens.
West, East, North, and South:
it sings in all directions
an unnecessary song.

Sunday April 08, 2018 (046)
Zhaozhou’s residence
is a peaceful dwelling place.
The yang and yin dance
within this balancing point
to the point of exhaustion.

Sunday April 08, 2018 (047)
Enough is always
enough: saying less is more.
Enough is the Way
to be loyal to others.
Enough of this already.

Monday April 09, 2018 (048)
While he was teaching
Xuefeng received a letter.
While he was reading
this empty piece of paper,
Xuansha received Xuefeng.

Tuesday April 10, 2018 (049)
Zazen and kinhin
are indistinguishable.
Kinhin and zazen
distinguish themselves,
walking on Dongshan's mountain.

Wednesday April 11, 2018 (050)
Shilou’s shortcomings
are very long suffering.
He’s always showing
just how much he is at fault.
Shilou bows and hits himself.

Thursday April 12, 2018 (051)
He once had a wife
whom he loved in his fashion.
Now he lives his life
without gain and without fame,
walking on Wang's single road.

Friday April 13, 2018 (052)
Breathing through the pain
is a painless occurrence.
No loss and no gain
to single minded sitting.
The fish is busy swimming.

Saturday April 14, 2018 (053)
Nothing to transmit.
Empty words pointing nowhere.
To humbly submit
this for consideration
is to take the forward step.

Sunday April 15, 2018 (054)
Mazu’s skillful whisk
swats at the blind words between
Baizhang’s flapping lips,
and shouts at the empty space
between Baizhang’s two deaf ears.

Monday April 16, 2018 (055)
Practicing because
no one sees and no one knows.
If not, then the cause
of fragmentation remains.
The dharma body is one.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 (056)
Bodhidharma is
the gift that keeps on giving.
The giving is his,
along with the gift given:
he hits the sitting platform.

Wednesday April 18, 2018 (057)
Silent sitting is
the doing of not doing.
Pure purposelessness.
Wise enough to be clumsy?
There is no source to speak of.

Saturday April 21, 2018 (058)
Nothing to reflect
on and on questions are asked.
With all due respect,
"this not turning back to look"
looks like no answer at all.

Saturday April 21, 2018 (059)
Knowing not knowing.
This is don't know mind showing.
Showing not showing.
This is body-mind knowing
beyond the Buddhadharma.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (060)
How high should it be?
Looking up and looking down.
Seven or eight feet:
the height of affirmation.
This can also be looked at.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (061)
The teaching ended
when Guishan turned to the wall.
Dharma so splendid!
The water in the basin
is the tea within the bowl.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (062)
Gaining complete death
before one actually dies.
With each passing breath
the living dead disclose it.
There is nothing to achieve.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (063)
The balancing point
points to nothing that's attained.
What then is the point?
The incense burns either way,
whether it's offered of not.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (064)
This water bearer
pours out air through his nostrils.
The fatal error
is in mystifying this
as a poetic symbol.

Sunday April 22, 2018 (065)
Time never arrives
too early neither too late.
Time always survives
flavored discrimination
for the time being it is.

Monday April 23, 2018 (066)
There is no outside.
Enter in through the out gate.
There is no inside.
Exit out through the in gate.
Light the lamp and burn the gate.

Monday April 30, 2018
Counting the letters
that she sent to me back then.
Counting the letters
that made up all of her words.
Only memories remain.