Zen Poetry

Summer grasses:
all that remains of great soldiers’
imperial dreams

– Basho

O Snail,
Climb Mount Fuji
But slowly, slowly!

K.Isha

 

” I have not heard of a single Buddha, past or present,
who has been enlightened by sacred prayers
and scriptures.”

– Bassui

The wind has settled, the blossoms have fallen;
Birds sing, the mountains grow dark –
This is the wondrous power of Buddhism.

– Ryokan

The nature of the Mind when understood,
No human speech can compass or disclose.
Enlightenment is naught to be attained,
And he that gains it does not say he knows.

– Huang Po

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