The Ultimate Attainment, Being As Is

The Ultimate Attainment

The past is already past.

Don’t try to regain it.

The present does not stay.

Don’t try to touch it.

From moment to moment.

The future has not come;

Don’t think about it


Whatever comes to the eye,

Leave it be.

There are no commandments

To be kept;

There’s no filth to be cleansed.

With empty mind really

Penetrated, the dharmas

Have no life.

When you can be like this,

You’ve completed

The ultimate attainment.

P’ang Yün

Being as Is

Food and clothes sustain

Body and life;

I advise you to learn

Being as is.

When it’s time,

I move my hermitage and go,

And there’s nothing

To be left behind.

P’ang Yün

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