Cloud and Water - An Interpretation of Ch'an Poems by Xingyun

By Xingyun

This publication is a set of Ch'an poems, a lot of which have been penned by way of celebrated Ch'an masters. grasp Hsing Yun, writer of Being solid (Weatherhill, Inc) and just a nice Rain (Wisdom), bargains us his statement on every one of those poems, giving us the good thing about his a long time of deep perform and perception. The master's commentaries no longer basically comprise many tales but additionally new verses in their personal which shed mild at the that means of those attractive poems.

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His mother was afraid that his son would be impatient with her, so she hurriedly put on her shoes and clothes. She put on her clothes inside out and her shoes on the wrong feet. When she opened the door, the butcher saw his mom dressed like that and he fell on his knees and said, “Venerable Kuan Yin Bodhisattva”. His mother was surprised and said, “What are you talking about? I am your mother, not Kuan Yin Bodhisattva”. The butcher then replied, “When I was on my pilgrimage to Mountain Pu Tuo, someone told me that the person who is wearing the clothes inside out and the shoes on the wrong feet is Kuan Yin Bodhisattva”.

One must abstain from killing living creatures, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, false speech and from taking intoxicants. Instead, one should free captured animals, give with joy, treat people with respect and decorum, praise others, and nurture the body and mind. In Buddhism, the Five Precepts, the Eight Precepts, the Ten Precepts and the Bodhisattva Precepts are all methods for beautifying and purifying the body and mind. “May we always be dressed in the robes of samadhi”. This sentence encourages us to practice meditation and attain samadhi.

In this world there are always things which go against ourselves. Therefore we have to plan our activities and be cautious in our thinking. We should be able to progress from setbacks and be like the lotus which flourishes in the mud; the hotter it gets the more fragrant it becomes. We all have our strengths and we have to remember that all things happen for a reason and that our present is the cumulative effect of past causes. Just as the saying goes “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going,” if we can persevere through the tough times, good times will be around the comer.

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