Mind is the Buddha
Master Ma-Tzu is very full of joy
For today he can give each monk
A pane of precious glass to hold
After the hard running warm-up
He bids them sit & behold two things
Both of them true both of them false
Behind before and in the glass
A chilling task Ch'an has set them
Hour by hour their chattering teeth
Don't even think about reality, he said
Don't ever turn your gaze into a mirror
As they now try to leave the world
Master meets them in a distant garden
Don't even think of leaving this world
Your Master Winter examines the bones!
A monk stands up and starts shouting
What could be simpler than reality!
Another passes out from the strain.
© 2006/2012 Rob Schackne