Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Silent Mind Listens to Grass Speak

Sakyamuni Buddha, once enlightened, with silent mind
hears revelations from the countless things,
as if clamoring to report through themselves
that there is nothing at all worth grasping
and clinging to as “I,” “myself,” or “mine.”

Never dream of owning any of them — what foolishness!
Taking these selfless things to be “I” or “me”
brings only sadness, anger, and sorrow.

Even the rocks, sand, soil, trees, and grass
sound this song through every nook and cranny;
yet, the busy-minded don’t understand or suspect
that everything sings out Dharma’s lesson.

With silent mind one hears even the leaves of grass
counseling each other with this beautiful fact:
All beings may dance at ease in the breeze with minds left silent by laying to rest all things.

~ Thich nu Tinh Quang

Wednesday, March 07, 2012


we weave our way
through a labyrinth of delusion
only to find that our thinking
has led us astray,
it is then
in that very moment
we see the ineffable truth
in the rising sun
or a floating cloud
or even a busy moment
on our way to start the day.
why is this so difficult,
when life and existence
is so simple?
it is because we love
our stories
and our opinions
and our logic
and our accomplishments
and our life
that we delude ourselves
into thinking we are living.
take back your life
and see this moment
outside of thought,
outside of time
and outside of space,
then what is left
is the only reality
we will ever know.

rev yuanzhi