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Another beautiful day. Sun. Snow melting. Tastes like a hint of spring. Forecast predicts winter’s return. When there’s snow, I carry this poem deep in my bones.

LIGHT OF WINTER

Facing white snow
Suddenly
Oneself fading away
The whole universe
Turning into a great lamp

– GIAC THANH –

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A THIN ROBE

A thin robe, shelter from chilly fog,
In autumn forest, leaves change colors.
Walking freely as clouds,
Awareness shines clearly.

– GIAC THANH –

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SHOUT

The brush worn down, ink dry.
Paper remains blank.
Is there space for my poem?
My shout reaches the sky.
Rivers, mountains remain calm.

– GIAC THANH –

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ENLIGHTENMENT

Understanding well birth and death
You realize no birth.
Whoever understands true emptiness
Is clear about what I say.

– GIAC THANH –

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AN ORCHID STEM

The wonderful transmission
Heart to heart
Is just an orchid branch
And a cup of morning tea.
The deep unending silence.

GIAC THANH

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ILLUMINATION

 

The world is held in the small hand

of someone who sits so as to be able

To shake the universe.

Then stands up as beautifully as the spring;

We hear the resonance of eternity.

GIAC THANH

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…is number 29 on Jack Kerouac’s list titled Belief and Technique for Modern Prose.
Number 8 is: “Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind.”

Here are a few more…
24. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
25. Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it
2. Submissive to everything, open, listening
16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye
17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself
19. Accept loss forever
4. Be in love with yr life
5. Something that you feel will find its own form

I think it’s good to know and remember these things. Besides collecting questions, I also collect cryptic/ specific advice from wonderful teachers.

From Suzuki Roshi, I love, “No trace: When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.”

And, “Repetition: If you lose the spirit of repetition, your practice will become quite difficult.”

And, “Control: To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him.”

From Katagiri Roshi, I love, “Continue under all circumstances; don’t be tossed away; make positive effort for the good every day.”

Light Steps

One stepped lightly in an evening,
Yellow flowers, purple flowers
Flowed along the green grass rug.
The sun had not yet set, the moon was already high.
Laughter resounded hills and mountains,
Somewhere, one could hear the determined mind wakening.

THAY GIAC THANH


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