Photo: Mongolian traders in Lhasa Barkhor street with Tibetan crowd in Lhasa, Tibet; 1921.
Use the time of your life.
Develop your inner happiness.
Recognize the impermanence
of all outer pleasure.
Live as a Yogi
Do your spiritual practices.
Work as a Bodhisattva
for a happy world.
Become an Amitabha
a Buddha of love and light.
Turn your world into the paradise Sukhavati,
by unfolding the enlightenment energy within you.
Search you a spiritual master,
who knows the goal of enlightenment.
Change your world into a place of grace,
by understanding all the phenomena as spiritual exercises.
Dedicate your actions to the benefit of all beings.
Send all beings light.
Live for the happiness of all beings.
So you get the energy of light.
'The Zen Works of Stonehouse: Poems and Talks of a 14th-Century Chinese Hermit'
By Red Pine (Translator)
Stonehouse has been called “the greatest of all Zen monks who made poetry their medium of instruction.” His works have rarely been available in English, but now all of the hermit monk’s poetry, including the major poetic works, “Mountain Poems” and “Gathas,” as well as his most illuminating instructional dharma talks, can be read in Red Pine’s superb translations.
With Red Pine’s personal discovery in 1991 of the site of Stonehouse’s former hut, this edition provides rare firsthand understanding of the spiritual and physical realm of Stonehouse’s era. The Zen Works of Stonehouse is one of the classic texts of Zen, essential for anyone interested in Zen practice and tradition.