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By Thich Nhat Hanh

Korea's most efficient poet, the previous Buddhist monk Ko Un, offers 108 Zen poems. Ko Un, who's affectionately referred to as "the nice mountain height" via his pals, is a traveller at the manner. all through his eventful lifestyles as monk, poet, novelist, political dissident, husband and father, Ko Un has dashed like a galloping horse, regularly relocating and searching.

When this quantity first seemed in 1997 with the identify Beyond Self, Ko Un and the translators weren't more than pleased with it. as well as now receiving a identify which extra safely displays the the unique Korean, the translations were somewhat revised to convey them in the direction of the originals. additionally further have been 11 unique brush portray through the author.

It is a pleasure to re-introduce Ko Un, a compassionate poet, who acknowledged that "A poet may still cry many days sooner than changing into a poet. A poet should have cried for others while he used to be 3 or 4 years old." The poems during this quantity provide 108 glimpses of Ko Un. His poems also are 108 how you can examine ourselves.

Forewords via Thich Nhat Hanh and Allen Ginsberg.

11 new brush-painting illustrations through the writer.

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Enable your self be touched by way of the sunshine, that is the enlightenment of the Buddha. Beams of sunshine shining in each course are pouring out from the pores of each enlightened being there. within the Avatamsaka realm, you turn into mild, and also you start to emit mild additionally. enable your self to be reworked by means of the sunshine. Mindfulness is mild. should you perform strolling meditation on my own, having fun with each one step deeply, you emit the sunshine of mindfulness, pleasure, and peace. whenever I see you strolling like that, I’m struck through one of many beams of sunshine you're emitting, and unexpectedly I come again to the current second. Then I, too, start to stroll slowly and deeply, having fun with every one step. within the comparable approach, you could permit your self to be touched via the beams of sunshine which are all around the Avatamsaka realm. if you happen to do, you'll turn into a bodhisattva emanating mild additionally. allow us to input the Avatamsaka realm jointly and luxuriate in it. Later, we will open the door for others to return too. getting into the Avatamsaka realm, we stumble upon loads of house. The Avatamsaka realm is monstrous, borderless. There’s adequate space—inside and outside—for every body, because the advantage gathered by means of the perform is big. Beings within the Avatamsaka realm by no means run out of house or time. this is why they've got a lot freedom. The Buddhas and bodhisattvas there welcome us and supply us countless house. We believe very unfastened and extremely a lot comfortable within the Avatamsaka realm. The 3rd factor we see are plants. plant life are in all places. taking a look up, down, forward, in the back of, to the left, and to the proper, we see vegetation. in truth, the eyes we see with turn into plants, the ears we listen with are vegetation, the lips we converse with develop into plant life, and the arms we obtain tea with develop into plant life within the Avatamsaka realm. There are huge, immense lotus flowers—big sufficient for 3 or 4 humans to take a seat on! every one of those lotus vegetation has multiple thousand petals, and after we glance deeply at one petal, we see that it, in itself, is one other lotus flower with 1000 petals. and every of these petals is usually a lotus of 1 thousand petals, and people lotuses should not smaller than the 1st lotus flower. It keeps on like that ceaselessly. this can sound unusual, however it is strictly what occurs within the Avatamsaka realm. the following, we won't say that something is greater or smaller than one other. the tips of larger and smaller are only now not current, nor are the tips of 1 and plenty of. once we investigate the second one lotus and notice 1000 petals, every one of that's additionally an entire lotus of 1 thousand petals, we see the various within the one and the single within the many, the miracle of interbeing. What else can we see? We see big oceans. The advantage we collect, the enjoyment we savour, and the peace we event are so great that there's no wrong way to explain them. The note “ocean” is used repeatedly within the Avatamsaka realm—ocean of advantage, ocean of happiness, ocean of perception, ocean of vows. We vow to deliver happiness to many folks, and our vows are so large that merely an ocean can include them. We adventure peace and pleasure so huge and severe that they could in basic terms be defined when it comes to oceans.

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