|“Hakuin Zenji Zazen Wasan” ( Free translation)|
|We originally are Buddha.
It is the same with water and ice.
There is no ice without water, outside of us, no Buddha.
Because we are unconscious of the Buddha within, we seek for it far away.
It is empty.
It is like the example of someone sitting in the middle of water, but crying out in thirst.
We are unconscious that we already exist in a state of well-being, so we are anxious that we may be unhappy.
The reason why we can’t get out of grief is because we grieve our circumstances too much.
Walking down dark roads to dark roads, someday we should pass beyond the matter of birth and death.
So, to practice Zen meditation helps us greatly.
The several good deeds such as charity, morality, chanting a prayer to the Buddha, confession and repentance, and the like;
All these are coming from within Zen meditation.
A person who can sit deeply in Zen meditation becomes aware that there is no suffering.
Where then should the appearance of evil exist?
The Buddhist paradise is here.
Fortunately, when we hear the teachings of Dharma even one time, if we extol and believe them, we will receive blessings.
Much more, if we say prayers for the repose of our soul, then we can awake our own nature,
That, here, regardless of life or death, man or woman,
We have already left our attachments and worldly passions.
At this moment, we become one with Buddha.
Live earnestly with believing this truth.
We understand there is essentially no fixed form to this truth,
So, we hope to find peace of mind everywhere we are.
No attachment, we live peacefully our everyday life,
Then, our behavior is the voice of Dharma precisely,
And it will be a salvation for those close to us.
Our mind expands freely and boundlessly like a clear sky,
The clear moon absent of worldly passions is shining brightly.
Now, what more should we want?
We get peace of mind, we are in Nirvana,
This world is nothing less than the Pure Land.
As it is, this body is nothing less than the Buddha.