Two Blind Men Crossing a Log Bridge
Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768)
My hut, in spring: true,Yamaguchi Sodo (1642-1716)
there is nothing in it,
there is Everything!
Ryoan-ji - The Temple of the Dragon at Peaceis a Zen temple located in Kyoto, Japan.
It is of the Myoshin-ji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism
|Carl Sagan -The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
Loosed, and it flows through the galaxies
A fountain of light, into the very mind--
Not a thing,
and yet it appears before me:
Now I know the pearl of the Buddha-nature
Know its use: a boundless perfect sphere.
HanShan (circa 630)
Studying texts and stiff meditation
can make you lose your Original Mind.
A solitary tune by a fisherman, though,
can be an invaluable treasure.
Dusk rain on the river,
the moon peeking in and out of the clouds;
Elegant beyond words,
he chants his songs night after night
Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)A special transmission outside the teachings;
not depending on words or letters;
directly pointing to Mind;
realizing one's True Nature
and becoming Buddha."
First Patriarch of Zen Buddhism
All sentient beings are essentially Buddhas.
As with water and ice,
there is no ice without water;
apart from sentient beings,
there are no Buddhas.
Not knowing how close the truth is,
we seek it far away --what a pity!
Break the Illusion of Limitation
I believe Zen, Art and Science to be representational media.
When done well, it is only a finger pointing
but should provoke thought and stir emotion.
"Whether you are going or staying
or sitting or lying down,
the whole world is your own self.
You must find out
whether the mountains, rivers, grass, and forests
exist in your own mind or exist outside it.
Analyze the ten thousand things,
dissect them minutely,
and when you take this to the limit
you will come to the limitless,
when you search into it you come to the end of search,
where thinking goes no further and distinctions vanish.
When you smash the citadel of doubt,
then the Buddha is simply yourself."
Chaos Theory and Fractal Art
A master’s handiwork cannot be measuredBut still priests wag their tongues
explaining the “Way”and babbling about “Zen.”
This old monk has never cared for false piety
And my nose wrinkles at the dark smell
of incense before the Buddha.
Quantum Art - Theory from an Artist
To study the buddha way
is to study the self.
To study the self
is to forget the self.
To forget the self
is to be enlightened
by the ten thousand dharmas.
To be enlightened
by the ten thousand dharmas
is to free one's body and mind
and those of others.
No trace of enlightenment remains,
and this traceless enlightenment
is continued forever.
Dogen (1200 - 1253)
No gate stands on public roads;
There are paths of various kinds;
Those who pass this barrier
Walk freely throughout the universe
Yes, I’m truly a dunce.
Living among trees and plants.
Please don’t question me about
illusion and enlightenment --
This fellow just likes to smile to himself.
I wade across streams with bony legs,
And carry a bag about in fine spring weather.
That’s my life, And the world owes me nothing.Ryokan 1758–1831
all are taken by the snow --
Naito Joso (1661-1704)
How the universe appeared from nothing
The body is the tree of enlightenment,The mind like a clear mirror stand;
Time and again wipe it diligently,
Don't let it gather dust.
Shenxiu (circa 638)
Enlightenment is basically not a tree,
And the clear mirror is not a stand.
there is not a single thing
Where can dust collect?
Sixth Zen Patriarch in China 638-713
Lawrence Krauss Life, the Universe & Nothing
From the first,
No thing is
Sixth Zen Patriarch in China 638-713
|Between 1890 and 1920|
You cannot take hold of it,
but you cannot lose it,
In not being able to get,
you get it.
When you are silent,
When you speak,
it is silent.
Cheng-tao Ke 1604-1670
I gained not one thing
from Absolute Awakening
and that is why it is called
563 BCE to 483 BCE
Follow your nature
and accord with the Tao;
Saunter along and stop worrying.
If your thoughts are tied
you spoil what is genuine...
to the world of the senses,
For when you are not
antagonistic to it,
It turns out to be the same as
The wise person does not strive;
The ignorant man ties himself up...
If you work on your mind
with your mind,
How can you avoid
an immense confusion?
© 2012 MU Peter Shimon