not two

The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences.

Obey the nature of things,
and you will walk freely and undisturbed.
When thought is in bondage
the truth is hidden,
for everything is murky and unclear,
and the burdensome practice of judging
brings annoyance and weariness.

To come directly into harmony
with this reality just simply say
when doubt arises, “not two.”

In this “not two” nothing is separate,
nothing is excluded.

Faith Mind Poem

from Zen Mountain Monastery Liturgy Manual

Rest Well: John Daido Loori, Roshi


Daiso Roshi passed away at 9:30 this morning.

Please visit Ox Herding for details.  Wisdom Publications biography is here

No coming, no going
No after, no before
I hold you close to me
I release you to be so free
Because I am in you, and you are in me
Because I am in you, and you are in me.

No coming, no going from a Basketful of Plums

This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous True Mind.

Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
scared thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek.

So laugh with me,
hold my hand, let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.

We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.

Ceremony for the Deceased, from Chanting from the Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh & the Monks and Nuns of Plum Village

Thank you for practicing, roshi,