By Compiled and translated, with an introduction, by Sōiku Shigematsu. Foreword by Gary Snyder
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In a grain (75) o f millet! Boil Over the mountain, mountains and rivers dotted cloud . . in a two-quart pot! In the valleys the water murmurs down. . (76) Between snipe and clam the fight doesn't stop: One staff's blow, one scar's streak. Both fall into (77) the fisherman's hands. One true man o f no rank. I'll explain in detail (78) w h y Bodhidharma One blind man leads came to China: many blind men Listen to the evening Into the fire hole hand in hand. bell sounds. Watch (79) the setting sun.
They are concrete, powerful, and full of energy. On the other hand, those from Zen verses like tdkinoge and yuige (see page 4) or those from the T'ang and Sung poets boast the established prosody of Chinese poetry. These sayings are characterized by their refined rhyme and parallelism (and sometimes sentimentalism, in the case of the Chinese poetry). In Zen sayings, above all, the visual effects of Chinese characters are not to be overlooked. HBH^ttS 0 0 0 S S Day after day, day dawns in the east; Day after day, day's done in the west.
Are these of any use? These are all useless, it is true. Nevertheless, Zen is, as I have said, paradoxical in every way; these are also the way the ideals of all Zen followers should be seen. As you will see later, an old dull-pointed gimlet is more highly admired than any satori-stinking, sharp-pointed tool. Zen is not philosophy. It is best explained by means of the parable of Indra's net in the Kegon (Hua-yen) sutra. Indra is the god w h o lives on the top o f Mount Sumeru. In his heavenly palace is a huge net, every knot of which is adorned with a jewel.
A Zen Forest: Sayings of the Masters by Compiled and translated, with an introduction, by Sōiku Shigematsu. Foreword by Gary Snyder