A Buddhist Journal

September 28, 2006

What Can We Gain? – 蜗牛角内争何事?


What Can We Gain?    

What can we gain from within the tiny tentacles of snail?
We should deposit the flaming and flash-like illusion in this shell.   
Always be delighted either in rich or in poverty.
One who does not know laughing out loud is an idiot.
——– Poem by a great ancient poet Bei Ju-Ye (772 – 846) ———-    



To Share With Zen Practitioners – 報汝修道者 (Zen Poem)

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To Share With Zen Practitioners – 報汝修道者

Here is my report to share with practitioners,
Apprehending your desires is a waste of efforts.

Everyone has an object of spirit,
No labelled letter and text.

It responds whenever you call,
It hides where you can not find.

Remind you to protect it with good care,
Do not let it be scratched with any trace mark. —- Poem by Chinese Tang Dynasty Ancient Zen Master Han-Shan —–   






A Prayer To Practice

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“A Beautiful Prayer To Practice”

At the foot of the Bodhi tree,
beautifully seated, peaceful, and smiling,
the living source of understanding and compassion,
to the Buddha I go for refuge.

The path of mindful living,
leading to healing, joy, and enlightenment,
the way of peace,
to the Dharma I go for refuge.

The loving and supportive community of practice,
realizing harmony, awareness, and liberation,
to the Sangha I go for refuge.

I am aware that the Three Gems are within my heart.
I vow to realize them.
I vow to practice mindful breathing and smiling,
looking deeply into things.
I vow to understand living beings and their suffering,
to cultivate compassion and loving kindness,
and to practice joy and equanimity.

I vow to offer joy to one person in the morning
and to help relieve the grief of one person in the afternoon.
I vow to live simply and sanely,
content with just a few possessions,
and to keep my body healthy.
I vow to let go of all worry and anxiety in order to be light and free.

I am aware that I owe so much to may parents, teachers, friends, and all beings.
I vow to be worthy of their trust,
to practice wholeheartedly,
so that understanding and compassion will flower,
and I can help living beings
be free from their suffering.

May the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha support my efforts.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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