2012 Winter Initiation & Completion Verses-Zen 7 Retreat at Zen Center of Sunnyvale
CHUNG TAI ZEN CENTER OF SUNNYVALE
2012 WINTER ZEN-SEVEN RETREAT
by Ven. JianYing

Initiation Verses (12/25/2012)
In the freezing cold winter at the end-of-the-year,
    Frost and snow, covering the forest, conceal the road.
The wind carries the light fragrance of plum blossoms,
    Indicating spring warmness is still in the world.
The alternation of coldness and warmness is just a form;
    Busy with forms one turns to be blinded.
Introspectively clearing thoughts to enlighten oneself,
    A Dark Cocoon will shine with boundless light.

Good cultivators, for this Zen-Seven Initiation, how does the last verse go?

Looking after the huatou* with a non-conceptual mind,
Cold and warm at ease, one comes to be just as it is.

Begin—

中台山太谷精舍2012年度冬季精進禪七起七法語
主七法師 
太谷精舍住持見穎法師

起七法語     (12/25/2012)
歲末年冬冷峭寒  霜雪遮林路迷茫
花魂風中送淡香  隱透春暖在人間
寒暖更迭世間相  隨相忙碌人轉盲
返照澄慮明自心  黑山鬼窟放光芒

諸位知識,即今起七一事,
最後一句又怎麼說法? 
  照顧話頭無心參  寒暖自在只這般

起—


Completion Verses  (1/1/2013)
Lasting cold wind and freezing rain
Chill and blow the withered limbs,
      Further sinking the gloomy mind.
Only when the spring sun comes to stay in the sky, 
Warm and gracious fragrance of flowers will
      Permeate the alienated land.

For what do the practitioners gather in the Zen Hall? It is for the completion of the Zen-7 retreat. If you have completed the retreat victoriously, it is like having a warm sun rising up to deliver the fragrance of flowers and the heart and eyes opened realizing spontaneous presence.
Yet, if you have not completed the retreat victoriously, then endure more the bone-chilling coldness and misery to further enhance your strength, and learn from the Bodhisattvas to awaken the spirit of plum blossoms. Regardless, you have after all finished the retreat.

Now, good cultivators, for this Zen-7 completion, how does the last verse go?

At all time take good care of your footing;
There is nothing lacking in drinking tea or having snacks.

Done—

解七法語     (1/1/2013)
幾度寒風冷冽雨  颼颯枯枝增心鬱
但得春陽駐天際  煦煦花香滿孤域

大眾雲集禪堂所為何事?但為解七因緣。解得了七,煦日初升送花香,心開目明自在行。解不了七,且忍透骨徹寒,吃苦了苦,向菩薩中喚梅魂。不論如何,解仍得解。 

諸位知識,即今解七,最後一句又怎麼說法?
  時時照顧腳下  吃茶吃餅無差

解— 

 

 

 


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