SANDOKAI

SANDOKAI

CHIKUDO DAI SEN NO SHIN TOZAI MITSU NI AI FUSU NINKON NI RIDON ARI. DO NI NAMBOKU NO SO NASHI REIGEN MYÔ NI KÔKETTARI SHIWA AN NI RUCHU SU. JI O SHU SURU MO MOTO KORE MAYOI RINI KANO MO MATA SATORI NI ARAZU. MON MON ISSAI NO KYÔ EGO TO FUEGO TO ESHITE SARA NI AIWATARU. SHIKARA ZAREBA KURAI NI YOTTE JUSU SHIKI MOTO SHITSUZÔ O KOTONISHI. SHÔ MOTO RAKKU O KOTO NISU. AN WA JÔCHU NO KOTO NI KANAI MEI WA SEI DAKU NO KU O WAKATSU. SHIDAI NO SHÔ ONOZUKARA FUKUSU. KONO SONO HAHA O URU GA GOTOSHI HIWA NESSHI KAZEWA DÔYÔ MIZUWA URUOI CHI WA KENGO. MANAKO WA IRO MIMI WA ONJÔ HANA WA KA SHITA WA KANSO SHIKA MO ICHI ICHI NO HÔ NI OITE. NENI YOTTE HA BUNPU SU. HONMATSU SUBEKARAKU SHUNI KISU BESHI. SONPI SONO GO O MOCHI YU MEICHU NI ATTATE AN ARI. AN SÔ O MOTTE Ô KOTO NAKARE. ANCHU NI ATTATE MEI ARI. MEISO WO MOTTE MIRU KOTO NAKARE. MEI AN ONO ONO AITAI SHITE. HI SURU NI ZENGO NO AYU MI NO GOTOSHI. BAN MOTSU ONOZUKARA KÔ ARI. MASANI YÔ TO SHO TO O YUBESHI. JISON SUREBA KANGAI GASHI. RI ÔZUREBA SEMPÔ SASÔ. KOTO O UKETE WA SUBEKARAKU SHU O ESUBESHI. MIZUKARA KIKU O RISSURU KOTO NAKARE. SOKU MOKU DÔ O ESEZUMBA ASHI O HAKOBUMO IZUKUNZO MICHI O SHIRAN. AYUMI O SUSUMU REBA GON NON NI ARAZU MAYÔ TE SENGA NO KO HEDATSU. TSU-TSU-SHINDE SANGEN NO HITO NI MÔSU. KÔIN MUNA SHIKU WATARU KOTO NAKARE.

Master Sekito Kisen (700-790)


Identity of Relative and Absolute

The mind of the Great Sage of India was intimately

conveyed from west to east.

Among human beings are wise ones and fools,

But in the Way there is no northern or southern Patriarch.

The subtle source is clear and bright; the tributary

streams flow through the darkness.

To be attached to things is illusion;

To encounter the absolute is not yet enlightenment.

Each and all, the subjective and objective spheres are related,

and at the same time, independent.

Related, yet working differently, though each keeps its own place.

Form makes the character and appearance different;

Sounds distinguish comfort and discomfort.

The dark makes all words one; the brightness distinguishes good and bad phrases.

The four elements return to their nature as a child to its mother.

Fire is hot, wind moves, water is wet, earth hard.

Eyes see, ears hear, nose smells, tongue tastes the salt and sour.

Each is independent of the other; cause and effect must return to the great reality

Like leaves that come from the same root.

The words high and low are used relatively.

Within light there is darkness, but do not try to understand that darkness;

Within darkness there is light, but do not look for that light.

Light and darkness are a pair, like the foot before

and the foot behind, in walking. Each thing has its own intrinsic value

and is related to everything else in function and position.

Ordinary life fits the absolute as a box ands its lid.

The absolute works together with the relative like two arrows meeting in mid-air.

Reading words you should grasp the great reality. Do not judge by any standards.

If you do not see the Way, you do not see it even as you walk on it.

When you walk the Way, it is not near, it is not far.

If you are deluded, you are mountains and rivers away from it.

I respectfully say to those who wish to be enlightened:

Do not waste your time by night or day.



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