Monday, September 15, 2008

Zen 10 Ox-herding pictures: 4- Turning Back

Traditional Poem:

A long time has passed before the buffalo turns back,
it´s reckless temper has gradually grown gentle.
Not trusting the buffalo completely to itself,
the boy has not yet unfastened the rope.

My words:

Tie your mind to the tree of compassion;
that will calm down the buffalo.
But keep the rope of concentration,
and the whip of diligence, just in case.

At this stage, our SATORI has grown up,
and our mind is tied up to Bodhichitta.

We are concerned with our development
for the sake of sentient beings.

We have realized that it is not possible to
reach enlightenment being selfish.

It is at this point when we have a direct experience
of the emptiness of self.

From now on, we know that the bull and us are
one and the same.
But we must be careful, because we can fall down
the cliff of nihilism, and that is why
we need to establish ourselves in Bodhichitta.

There is still a long way to go, but from
now on things will be easier.

Our insight is growing, as well as our compassion.

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