Book 238 Intimate Talk with the Moon: Converse with the Moon
by Sheng-yen Lu
Is it true that Grand Master Lu speaks to the moon
Then are you insane
No wonder people say that you are crazy!
I say, in this world, a lot of people have been conversing with the moon.
I will give you some examples
The poem of Zi Zhun
Water is the clearest and the moon is the roundest,
Moonlight contains water and the water contains the sky.
Include or mix such as the powerful epoch sound,
Such a sound is both direct and circuitous.
Zi Zhun’s poem mentions that the powerful epoch sound is the sound of Bhisma-garjitasvara-raja Buddha (Powerful Epoch Sound Buddha). Buddha facing the moon to confer when to be direct and when to be circuitous.
Hui Yong’s poem
Waterfall flew from the top of the mountain
The temple in the wilderness had few lit candles
Sitting in front of the exquisite moon
It doesn’t take long, for an icy heart
Hui Yong’s poem has the moon in his heart. The moon is cool and clear as the ice. The ice is the result of conversing with the moon.
Zheng Jue’s poem
A tree fell on an empty, frost covered mountainside
Like a stroke of the bell in the night from the temple tower
Follow the wind to the top of the forest
To hail the moon to come to the window
The response echoed throughout the valley
The flying sound could not hinder the river current
Heaven’s decree revealed in a dream
Butterfly lovers soon to lose its partner
Zheng Jue’s poem, to strike the bell in order to call the moon to the window is talking to the moon.
A poem by Ci Yun
The sound of the flute moved the moon in the pond
Reeds thrived vigorously around the pond
The light of the lonely small temple gave it warm brilliance
Dharma heart in the dream tends to be clearer
This person is clever. Play the flute for the moon.
A poem by Shi Xing
Cool air blows the white hair
Stanza of poem becomes clearer
Just as the meaning sending deepest love
Zen’s heart to the bright moon
Why not say, a heart-to-heart talk with the bright moon
A poem by Shi Xiu
Tonight we look at this moon, as the ancients look at this moon
What was in the ancients’ heart is hard to explain to the people
Talk to the moon! Why talk to the people!
Li Bai’s poem
Moonlight in front of the bed
Thought might be frost on the ground
Raised the head to gaze at the moon
Lower the head with thoughts of home
Li Bai was a poet that talked to the moon every night!
I have known many people who lived in different times that would converse with the moon.
And I, an insignificant person, also converse with the moon.
I finally realized
“I am not the main character, but a supporting character. I am only a passerby!”
Everyone is crazy!
I am only a little crazy!(The End)
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