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ADMONITION
by Buddhabhadra (Years unknown, Zhou Dynasty)
English translation: You Zai

Not establishing virtuous and wholesome deeds;
insatiable pursuits after wealth and fame
bring only covetousness and sufferings.
Are we not aware that the worldly treasures
of gold and silver are
provisional for only a few decades?

── from Jingzhong Jingyou Jing (The Path of the Path Amongst All Paths)


ODE TO THE WOODEN FISH AND DRUM
by Zhaozhou Congshen (778 - 897, Tang Dynasty)
English translation: William Chong

Skilfully crafted from the Four Great Elements,
Emitting sounds because of the emptiness within.
Do not fault them for not conversing with the masses,
Simply because royalty and merchants sing to a different tune.


A MOMENT OF THOUGHT
by Fufeng Pu’en (Years unknown, Ming Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

To be home is to return to the origin
and go back to the source,
This has nothing mysterious
that one can boast about;
Clearly and as such is
the nature of true thusness,
To be lost or not?
it all lies in a moment of thought.

── from Wudeng Huiyuan (Compendium of the Five Lamps)