A Buddhist Journal

October 3, 2006

12 Famous Verses For Deep Concentration – 十二时颂 – 平旦寅


Prior to dawn– 0300-0500 Hours

From the wild waves of inner mind I saw a body of practitioner,   

Who has struggled with hardshipfor hundreds of thousands of millions of ages.Unbelievably a miracle gem is held there all the time.

Once grasp it as an object, you will get lost.

It is dust of delusion if you observe it with any trace.

Do not focus on the past memory, there is no feature can be revealed.

It will be untrue to your Liberation if you turn outward seeking for a knowledgeable

(1 of 12 verses, by Ancient Chinese Monk Zi-Gong, Liang Dynasty)

Monk Zi-Gong was an enlightened person in Chinese Liang Dynasty.
He made these verses to encourage other young monks in their
practice of Zen meditation.

There are 12 verses made for 24 hours a day around the clock. Each
verse describes the mind state of a practitioner in deep concentration
in that particular 2 hours of the day.










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