koan –

Category: koan

  • Single leaf

    “If I pick up a single leaf and go into the city, I move the whole mountain.” ~ Yuan wu (1063-1135)

  • Consider the world light

    Consider the world light, And the spirit is not burdened; Consider the myriad things slight, And the mind is not confused. Consider life and death equal, And the intellect is not afraid; Consider change as sameness, And clarity is not obscured. ~ Lao-tzu

  • Closed out the old year

    Closed out the old year And held a dream of spring behind Eyes shut, till now This morning I open them to see It’s really come into the world ~ Saigyo

  • Is there anything else to remember?

    I only open my eyes for the spring wind And the autumn moon. ~ Hamhur Kiwha (1376-1433)

  • Don’t covet

    Not knowing its strength, The mosquito sucked too much blood to fly. Don’t covet what others value. You’ll pay for it someday. ~ Naong Haegun (1320-1376)

  • The essential technique of zazen

    If random thoughts should occur to you unexpectedly, let them go straight away. Do not follow them. This is the essential technique of zazen.

  • The valley stream

    Rain, hail, snow, and ice: All are different, But when they fall They become the same water As the valley stream. – Ikkyu (1394-1481)

  • Dust in the eye

    One grain of dust in the eye Will render the Three Worlds Too small to see ~ Muso Soseki (1275-1351)

  • Wandering

    My treasure is the cloud on the peak The moon over the valley Travelling east or west Light and free on the one road I don’t know whether I’m on the way Or at home. ~ Muso Soseki (1275-1351)

  • leave the world behind

    I’ve left the world far behind, My robe is covered with moss; A small bundle of firewood burns, Brightening the night. ~ Ryokan (1758-1831)