Tag Archive for poetry

Zen social discussion topic: Xin Xin Ming

The discussion topic for August, Sept, and October at our 3rd Sunday social after Zazen is the Xin Xin Ming, or Verses on the Faith Mind, commonly ascribed to Sengcan, the third Zen patriarch. This month, we met the fourth…

From Eliot’s “Burnt Norton”

T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets includes “Burnt Norton”. It includes: At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is, But neither arrest nor movement. And…

No Part Left Out

Watching the moon at dawn, solitary, mid-sky, I knew myself completely: no part left out. -Poem by Izumi Shikibu (974-1034) from The Enlightened Heart, Stephen Mitchell (Ed.), Harper & Row ,1989. Shikibu’s experience is not one of looking at the…

Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain

The birds have vanished down the sky Now the last cloud drains away. We sit together the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains. the poet Li Po (translated by Sam Hamill)

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