365 Days for Travelers: Aug 5

TWO POEMS ON THE JOY OF CHAN

By purely sitting on the hassock,
the mind for the Way progresses,
Being worthy of enjoying
the refreshing lotus fragrance;
Though eighty-four thousand
distinct ways exist,
Who is to know that the West*
is immediately in the mind.

Pure and wondrous a home suffices to be a Chan abode,
Why go wasting your gold to purchase mountains?
As long as the mind is bright as the full moon,
A householder is more liberated than a renounced monk.

REDISCOVER YOUR ORIGINAL NATURE

No matter how beautiful the scenery outside, it will
never cause us to truly stop and reflect upon ourselves.
The practice of Chan teaches us to look into our hearts;
it allows us to rediscover and to be reacquainted
with our forgotten nature. The practice of Chan
revolutionizes the mind; it allows us to achieve a
mind of compassion, wisdom, vow, and equanimity.

* The Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.