Zen Poems and Haiku

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Zen Poems and Haiku

Post by LauraJ on Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:29 am

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.
The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.
Although its light is wide and great,
The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide.
The whole moon and the entire sky
Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.
-Dogen

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Post by christopher::: on Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:05 pm

Nature may be compared to a vast ocean.
Thousands and millions of changes are taking place in it.
Crocodiles and fish are essentially of the same substance
as the water in which they live.

People are crowded together
with the myriad other things
in the Great Changingness,
and their nature is one with that
of all other natural things.

Knowing that I am of the same nature
as all other natural things,
I know that there is really no separate self,
no separate personality,
no absolute death
and no absolute life.


-Tsen Tang-Hsu
(8th century A.D.)


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