Zazen Poem

by Kodo Sawaki Roshi

 

Doing zazen calmly in the dojo,

Putting aside all negative thoughts,

Obtaining nothing but a mind without desire,

-This joy is beyond paradise.

 

The world runs after fame, honor,

Beautiful clothes and comfort.

But these pleasures are not true peace.

You run and stay unsatisfied until death!

 

Wear the kesa and black robe and practice zazen.

Concentrate with a single mind, whether still or in motion.

See with your own eyes deep inner wisdom.

Observe and know intimately the true aspect of all action and all existence.

Be able to observe balance.

Understand and know with a mind that is perfectly still.

 

If you are like this,

Your spiritual dimension,

The highest in this world,

Will be beyond compare.

 

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