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Han-shan - Poems
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1:"I climb the road that never ends. Who can break from the snares of the world and join me in the clouds?" ~ Han-Shan
2:"Clear water sparkles like crystal, you can see through right to the bottom. Mind free from all thoughts." ~ Han-Shan
3:All the people in the Kuo-ch'ing monastery They say, "Han-shan is an idiot." "Am I really an idiot:" I reflect. But my reflections fail to solve the question: for I myself do not know who the self is, And how can others know who I am? ~ Hanshan
4:When men see Han-shan
They all say he's crazy
And not much to look at -
Dressed in rags and hides.
They don't get what I say
And I don't talk their language.
All I can say to those I meet:
"Try and make it to Cold Mountain. ~ Gary Snyder
5:People ask for the road to Cold Mountain,
but no road reaches Cold Mountain.
Summer sky-still ice wont melt.
The sun comes out but gets obscured by mist.
Imitating me, where does that get you?
My mind isnt like yours.
When your mind is like mine
you can enter here.
~ Han-shan, The Road To Cold Mountain
6:Heres a message for the faithful
what is it that you cherish
to find the Way to see your nature
your nature is naturally so
what Heaven bestows is perfect
looking for proof leads you astray
leaving the trunk to search among the twigs
all you get is stupid
From The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain, trans. Red Pine
~ Han-shan, Heres A Message for the Faithful
7:I settled at Cold Mountain long ago,
Already it seems like years and years.
Freely drifting, I prowl the woods and streams
And linger watching things themselves.
Men dont get this far into the mountains,
White clouds gather and billow.
Thin grass does for a mattress,
The blue sky makes a good quilt.
Happy with a stone under head
Let heaven and earth go about their changes.
~ Han-shan, I settled at Cold Mountain long ago,
1.03 - To Layman Ishii, #Beating the Cloth Drum Letters of Zen Master Hakuin, #unset, #Philosophy
Blue Cliff Record, Case 55). q These are some of the eighteen types of questions Zen students are said to ask their teachers. This is a formulation by Fen-yang (947-1024) in The Eye of Men and Gods. r Free up the cicada's wings . Although a similar expression is used in the Book of Latter Han to describe a lord showing great partiality to a favorite, here it refers to the statement made earlier about a teacher ruining a student's chances by stepping in to help the student prematurely. s Two of eight difficult places or situations (hachinan) in which it is difficult for people to encounter a Buddha, hear him preach the Dharma, and attain liberation: Uttarakuru, the continent to the north of
Mount Sumeru, because inhabitants enjoy lives of interminable pleasure; and being enthralled in the worldly wisdom and skillful words (sechibens) of secular life. Dried buds and dead seeds (shge haishu) is a term of reproach directed at followers of the Two Vehicles, who are said to have no possibility for attaining complete enlightenment. t In the system of koan study that developed in later Hakuin Zen, hosshin or Dharmakaya koans are used in the beginning stages of practice (see Zen Dust, 46-50). The lines Hakuin quotes here are not found in the Poems of Han-shan ( Han-shan shih). They are attri buted to Han-shan in Compendium of the Five Lamps (ch. 15, chapter on Tung-shan Mu-ts'ung): "The master ascended the teaching seat and said, ' Han-shan said that "Red dust dances at the bottom of the well. / White waves rise on the mountain peaks. / The stone woman gives birth to a stone child. / Fur on the tortoise grows longer by the day." If you want to know the Bodhi-mind, all you have to do is to behold these sights.'" The lines are included in a Japanese edition of the work published during Hakuin's lifetime. u The Ten Ox-herding Pictures are a series of illustrations, accompanied by verses, showing the Zen student's progress to final enlightenment. The Five Ranks, comprising five modes of the particular and universal, are a teaching device formulated by Tung-shan of the Sto tradition. v Records of the Lamp, ch. 10. w Liu Hsiu (first century) was a descendant of Western Han royalty who defeated the usurper Wang
Mang and established the Eastern Han dynasty. Emperor Su Tsung (eighth century) regained the throne that his father had occupied before being been driven from power. x Wang Mang (c. 45 BC-23 AD) , a powerful official of the Western Han dynasty, and rebellious
The Poems of Cold Mountain, #Cold Mountain, #Han-shan, #Zen
THE POEMS OF Cold Mountain ( Han-shan)
The view from Han-shan's cave overlooking the valley to the south
1. In the first line,pu-chu (to choose a home) implies to choose by divination and recalls a poem of that title by the exiled poet Ch'u Yuan (340-2.78 B.c.). The wording of the third and fourth lines is indebted to T'ao Hung-ching (456-536): "What do mountains contain I ridges covered with clouds" (Asking What Mountains Contain and Replying in Verse) and to Hsieh Ling-yun (385-443): "White clouds cling to dark rocks I green bamboos line crystal streams:' (Passing Shihning Villa) Tripods and bells were cast at great expense for use at sacrificial ceremonies, and the names of ancestors or the men who commissioned them were often carved on their surfaces. Empty names, indeed!