Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Moment of Silence

Images of broken light
Staring down at me tonight
This universe won't hold me back
I'll make a wish and take it back
Live a little cry a lot
And maybe, just maybe it's all I got

A moment of silence
Will take us away from here
You're the ghost in my soul
On that long endless road
You're the one who won't let go
anymore

Edisun – Silence
Photo by Jamyang Zangpo taken at Tsarang Monastery,
Upper Mustang, Nepal.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

The Buddha’s Flower 世尊拈花

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The Buddha’s Flower
Once when the World-Honoured One, in ancient times, was upon Mount Grdhrakuta, he held up a flower before the congregation of monks. At this time all were silent, but the Venerable Kasyapa only smiled. The World-Honoured One said, “I have the Eye of the True Law, the secret Essence of Nirvana, the Formless Form, the Mysterious Law-Gate. Without relying upon words and letters, beyond all teaching as a special transmission, I pass all this on to Mahakasyapa.

世尊拈花 
世尊昔在靈山會上。拈花示眾。是時眾皆默然。惟尊者破顏微笑。世尊云。吾有涅槃妙心實相無相微妙法門。不立文字教外別傳。付囑摩訶

The Commentary
Golden-faced Kudon impudently forced the good people into depravity. Advertising sheep’s heads, he sells dog-flesh,- but with some genius. However, supposing that at the time all the monks had laughed, how would the “all-including eye of the absolute truth” have been handed on? Or if Kasyapa had not smiled, how would it have been handed? If you say, it can (anyway) be handed on, that’s the Golden-faced Old Huckster with his loud voice swindling at the town-gate. If you say it can’t, why did Buddha say he had handed it on to Kasyapa?

無門曰
黃面瞿曇傍若無人。壓良為賤。懸羊頭賣狗肉。將謂。多少奇特。只如當時大眾都笑。作麼生傳。設使笑。又作麼生傳。若道有傳授。黃面老子誑謼閭閻。若道無傳授。為甚麼獨許

The Verse                                        頌曰
Holding up a flower,                                拈起花來
The snake shows his tail.                       尾巴已露
Kasyapa smiles,                                    迦葉破顏
The monks don’t know what to do.           人天罔措

《無門關》 As translated by R.H. Blyth
http://www.thegatelessgate.com/