Friday, September 9, 2011

The Silent Mind Listens to Grass Speak

The Silent Mind Listens to Grass Speak  .

By  Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Lord Buddha, once enlightened, with silent mind
hears revelations from the myriad things,

As if clamoring to report through themselves
that there is nothing at all worth grasping

And clinging to as “I,” “myself,” or “mine.”
Never dream of owning any of them — what foolishness!

Taking these selfless things to be “I” or “me”
brings only sadness, soreness, and sorrow.

Even the rocks, sand, soil, trees, and grass
sound this song through every nook and cranny;

Yet, the busy-minded don’t understand or suspect
that everything sings out Dhamma’s lesson.

With silent mind one hears even the leaves of grass
counseling each other with this beautiful, witty fact:

“All beings may dance at ease in the breeze with minds
left silent by laying to rest all things.”


Don't Be Shamed By The Chickens

If we compare ourselves with chickens we'll see,
They don't have headaches, insomnia, or ulcers.
They're free of nervous tension and mental disorders.
Chickens don't go crazy like we do every day. 

The world's people take drugs by the ton,
While the chickens don't take even a speck.
They sleep tight, minds at ease one-hundred per cent.
Don't you feel a little embarrassed by the chickens? 

Human birth gives us the right to be neurotic:
Should we count this as a blessing or a curse?
Please find some Dhamma before it's too late,
To live happily, no longer shamed by the chickens. 


Turtle Bearing Scriptures

Turtle, may I ask you something?
Your attitude makes me laugh:
Made of stone, eyes blind, punished by karma,
Unaware of the Dhamma on your back.

Human, I’ll drill something into your ears —
we ourselves are the very Dhamma itself.
Your Dhamma is in books, how crazy!
My Dhamma is just me living here as Dhamma.

Stone means being immersed in the coolness of Nibbana
after avijja has been thoroughly disposed.
Blind and deaf signifies the supreme peace erasing karma,
living in voidness constant and forever.

That these texts are not the Dhamma at all,
take a good look, human, don’t go astray.
You may find some Dhamma in them, no big deal!
Read just enough to find the Real Thing.

From   -  translated by santikaro bhikkhu
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