Poem by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
Compose by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua in July 1984
(appeared in the back cover of Vajra Bodhi Sea, May 2003 issue)
Standing majestically alone
On the fields before
Wonderful Enlightenment Mountain,
One conceives far-reaching aspirations.
Inhaling the clean, fresh air,
One advances with dauntless vigor,
Developing wisdom as clear as crystal.
The essential principle,
The nature of Thusness,
Is already revealed.
What need is there to seek?
The truth is here, right before you—effortlessly.
With deliberation, one falls into a trap.
Overtaking the power of Creation,
One obliterates great and small;
There is not a single thing.
Encompassing the Dharma Realm,
One transcends factions.
When even dustmotes are shattered,
Who can cover the True Nature?
With tremendous joy and equanimity,
Treat all equally,
Whether they are kin or strangers.