Posts tagged ‘poem’

Sep 2 13

What You Left

by Zen Master Jok Um

for Zen Master Wu Bong

We can’t know

You didn’t
Say you had
Somewhere else
To be


We didn’t listen

From Universal Peak
Our tears fall

We could only do
Something with you

Now we have
To …

Sep 2 13

Three Kong-ans

by Zen Master Ji Kwang

In memory and gratitude for my teacher, Wu Bong Dae Soen Sa Nim.

After walking meditation at Paris Zen Center you folded your robe properly and left your body. To which urgent business have you gone?
I couldn’t say goodbye …

Apr 25 13


by Arne Schaefer JDPSN

White full moon in the sky

White snow on trees,

meadows and pagoda


Did the world become ice?

Did the mind become ice?


Stone pagoda licks

Ice full moon


Crack, crack, crack

Steps on frozen snow at …

Oct 11 12

Buddha’s Birthday Poem 2012

by Zen Master Bon Hae Siddhartha! I's not too late! Don't do it! Demons wait. Heavens wait.Read More...
Feb 22 12

Four Seasons

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Flowers in the spring,
In the summer, cool breezes
Leaves in the fall,
In the winter, pure snow.

Is the world throwing me away?
Am I throwing away the world?
I lie around in the dharma room.
I don’t care …

Apr 2 11

Buddha’s Birthday 2011 Poem Video

by Zen Master Hae Kwang

Apr 2 11

Poem, Buddha’s Birthday 2011

by Zen Master Hae Kwang
Jan 1 02

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Poem – 2002

by Tim Lerch JDPSN

A prince sat down
So long ago
Beneath a tree he kept don’t know

He saw a star
That rose at dawn
His mind was clear his ego gone

Not God or Deva did he make
What are you then?…

Dec 1 00

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Poem 2000

by Zen Master Hae Kwang

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Poem 2000
Zen Master Hae Kwang

Waiting for the morning star to rise,
Waiting for enlightenment,
Waiting for dawn,
Waiting for the dawn of a new age,

Just waiting is enlightenment.

Gautama fluffed up his straw,…

Jun 1 98

Happy Buddha’s Birthday

by Zen Master Bon Soeng

When Buddha was born, he sprang out of his mother’s hip, walked seven steps, said, “Heaven above, earth below, only I am holy.”

[hits table with zen stick]

When you and I were born, we sprung from our mother’s uterus, …

May 1 94

No Dharma

by Zen Master Dae Kwang
In China during the Seventh Century, Zen Buddhism was divided into two schools. The sudden school of the south gathered around the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng at T’sao Ch’i mountain just north of Canton. The gradual school of the north…Read More...
Apr 1 93

Buddha’s Birthday Poem 1993

by Zen Master Dae Bong

As she reached for a flowering branch in Lumbini garden,
Buddha’s mother gave birth and soon died.
Death is birth; birth is death.

Originally, complete stillness.
Where did Shakyamuni come from?
Where did Queen Maya go?

Dreaming of an elephant, …

Apr 9 77

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Buddha’s Birthday Poem 1977

Buddha’s Birthday was celebrated at the Providence Zen Center on April 9th by students and friends from all over New England and New York. At the evening celebration ceremony, Zen Master Seung Sahn delivered the following