Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thoughts of the Day #2 /2011: Hui-neng and Shen-hsiu


Dear Readers,

now you know why Hui-neng and not Shen-hsiu became the Sixth Patriarch. These are the two poems composed in a poetry competition when the Fifth Patriarch Hung-jen had to decide about his successor:





One's body is like the tree of satori.
One's mind is like a clean mirror.
Continue to polish this mirror
So that no dust can settle.

- Shen-hsiu (606-700 CE)



Satori is not a tree
The mirror has no stand.
Originally, there was not one thing.
So, where would dust settle.

- Hui-neng (638-713 CE)






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