Five Verses From a Brief Visit This Solstice With Ch’an
“If we didn’t see things fine and coarse
How could prejudice exist?”
~Relying on Mind~ Ch’an master Seng-Ts’an (J., Sozan)
I practiced non-discrimination
and had smiled often at my gestures—
until I was slapped by a whisk.
I understand how wrong I’ve been
and the shame I have brought to the other—
Each day wakes me quieter —clearer than ever.
Moments may be still –yet moves forever.
Causes are great —equal to the clouds
one may be greater than the other.
Dew is clear as no sound is loud.
What is it that I see— to bench myself in judgment?
Opinions are statutes!
Saddle my horse—
Giddy-up! I shall ride with the outlaws.
How does one heal from history
With its invisible scars and drooping eyes?
Thatch a new roof— and shush the flies.
If two make peace with each other
In this single house,
They will say to the mountain
And it shall move.””
~The Gospel of Thomas~[48p n] presented by Huge McGregor Ross
~Pine Cone Diary~ -proof 2018