Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Two Poems by Wu-men


Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.






One instant is eternity;
eternity is the now.
When you see through this one instant,
you see through the one who sees.


—Wumen Huikai (1183-1260), translated by Stephen Mitchell from The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry, (Harper and Row, 1989)

Wumen Huikai was a Chinese Chan (Zen in Japanese) master most famous as the compiler of and commentator on the 48-koan collection The Gateless Gate.


1 comment:

Albert Decker said...

Good stuff. I especially like the first one.