Mind at Peace, Nothing to Do

Mind at Peace

When the mind is at peace,

the world too is at peace.

Nothing real, nothing absent.

Not holding on to reality,

not getting stuck in the void,

you are neither holy or wise, just

an ordinary fellow who has completed his work.

P’ang Yün

ca. 1998, Kyoto, Japan — Monk Meditating at a Rock Garden — Image by © Christophe Boisvieux/Corbis

Daily, nothing particular,

Only nodding to myself,

Nothing to choose, nothing to discard.

No coming, no going,

No person in purple,

Blue mountains without a speck of dust.

I exercise occult and subtle power,

Carrying water, shouldering firewood.

Hõ Koji (Two Zen Classics )

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