LAYMAN P’ANG, LINJI YIXUAN, HAKUIN EKAKU

  • Well versed in the Buddha way,
    I go the non-Way
    Without abandoning my
    Ordinary person’s affairs.

    The conditioned and
    Name-and-form,
    All are flowers in the sky.

    Nameless and formless,
    I leave birth-and-death.
    Layman P’ang (740-808)

    Layman P’ang 

    If you want to be free,
    Get to know your real self.
    It has no form, no appearance,
    No root, no basis, no abode,
    But is lively and buoyant.
    It responds with versatile facility,
    But its function cannot be located.
    Therefore when you look for it,
    You become further from it;
    When you seek it,
    You turn away from it all the more.
    Linji (886)
     
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    The monkey is reaching
    For the moon in the water.
    Until death overtakes him
    He’ll never give up.
    If he’d let go the branch and
    Disappear in the deep pool,
    The whole world would shine
    With dazzling pureness.
    Hakuin (1686-1768)
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