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ONE’S OWN BRIGHT PEARL

by Chalingyu (Years unknown, Song Dynasty)
English translation: John Balcom

I have a single bright pearl,
Long imprisoned in dust.
Now that the dust is gone, brightness shines through
Illuminating all mountains and rivers.

── from Shishi Jigu Lue (Examinations on the Lineage of the Sakya Family)


RECALLING OUR NATURE

by Hanshan Deqing (1546 - 1623, Ming Dynasty)
English translation: You Zai

Renouncing one’s body and mind,
one sees the Dharma king.
There is no need to question
about the causation of the past,
As long as we can recall our intrinsic nature,
Even the grass, trees, and forests illuminate universally.
── from Hanshan Laoren Mengyou Ji (Collection of Old Man Hanshan’s Dream Travels)


HOW TO FIND OUR TRUE SELVES

by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Tom Manzo and Shujan Cheng

From the appearances of the Buddha and the sutras,
See the original demeanor of self.
From the flowers, grass, sand, and rocks,
Familiarize yourself with chiliocosms.
From the prayer mat and prostration cushion,
Examine the limitless life of self.
From the calm night and bright moon,
Have firm confidence in the eternal future.
── from Humble Table, Wise Fare