Posted inArt and Poems, Other Teachings

Bodhi Tree

April 15, 2016

The body is the Bodhi tree,
The mind is like a clear mirror.

At all times we must strive to polish it,
And must not let the dust collect.

Shenxiu, according to Huineng, the sixth Patriarch of Zen

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Bodhi originally has no tree
The mirror also has no stand.
Buddha nature is always clear and pure;
Where is the room for dust?

-Huineng

 

Poem taken from Zen Poems, Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, 1999
Image: Past, by Hartwig HKD, CC BY-ND 2.0, from Flickr.com

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