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  Shoun became a teacher of Soto Zen. When he was still a student his father passed away, leaving him to care for his old mother. Whenever Shoun went to a meditation hall he always took his mother with him. Since she accompanied him, when... continue...

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AN OLD MOUNTAIN MAN
The Old Mountain Man,
Eating fruit,,
Drinking stream,,
Dressing grass,
Wearing straws...
Sitting on
solid rock,
Lying down
on wind-bed,
Put the head
on cloud.
Watching rain
on the leaves,
Watching moon
on the peak.
Together
with lions,
Knowing not
if he is or is not.

Saying not
two nor one.
If two,
there will be
a duel to death.
If one,
there won't be
any else can live with.
And 'tis why
two and one
after all
must be dropped.

Knowing not
if there is
any way to heaven,
any way to hades.

Remembering
neither date nor what year.
And his age's
as old as space.

ChonTri


 



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