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Subject FOR NIRVANA /Korean Seon(zen) Master Cho Oh-Hyun 雪嶽 霧山 曺五鉉-4
Name   관리자 Hit 205

​​FOR NIRVANA  


108 ZEN SIJO POEMS 



 


CHO OH-HYUN
 



 


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introductory by KWON YOUNGMIN



 



translated by HEINZ INSU FENKLE 



 


Associate professor of English and Asian studies at SUNY New Paltz.



 



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WAVES



 


 



 


Regarding the sutras deep into the night,



 


I look up at the dark night sky,



 


 



 


Listen, all alone, to the cry



 


of the distant sea-



 


 



 


The 1,000 sutras, the 10,000 treatise,



 


All just waves blown in the wind.



 


 



 


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WHAT THE NORTHEAST WIND SAID-1



 


 



 


They’re hauling it away,



 


they’re hauling it away



 


 



 


The ocean’s untimely red tide,



 


it’s bubbling froths,



 


 



 


The mounted bandits of this winter night



 


are hauling it all way



 




 


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WHAT THE NORTHEAST WIND SAID-2



 


 



 


At an intersection in Seoul’s Insadong



 


a tall, shadowless tree



 


 



 


Roots in the night sky



 


branches in the ground



 


 



 


With a single sprouting leaf



 


it covers the whole of the cosmos



 


 



 


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WHAT THE SOUTHEAST WIND SAID



 


 



 


Someone is keeping a cocky silence,



 


 



 


and this suffocation, shaking the parched sky, this whole body,



 


 



 


is disrupting the depth of my mid-day nap.



 


 



 


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AMDU-DROWNED MAN



 


 



 


Ancient Rules for Everyman 3



 


 



 


Pull him out and pull him out-



 


the net is still empty;



 


 



 


in the ocean of Tripitaka,



 


where countless sentient beings have drowned,



 


 



 


A boatman sits asleep at the prow



 


with the sail furled down!



 


 



 


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JOJU’S GREAT DEATH



 


 



 


Ancient Rules for Everyman 4



 


 



 


The Buddha-I should have sought him out earlier-



 


is nowhere to be seen



 


 



 


The executioner’s blade-that life-giving sword-



 


falls from an empty sky!



 


 



 


10,000 men have died-



 


while one goes on living!



 


 



 


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GAESA ENTERING THE BATH



 


Ancient Rules for Everyman 11



 


 



 


Stop crying, stop crying, stop crying,



 


you mourning woman.



 


 



 


Life is the wind outside. And death?



 


It is a bend in the river.



 


 



 


This family’s news, too-



 


that inevitable parting at the end of life.



 


 



 


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CHUIMI’S ZEN GONG



 


Ancient Rules for Everyman 13



 


 



 


Ask, and the askers of the questions



 


will all die(if they ask in words).



 


 



 


Far, and again near, in the broken house



 


that cast away the sky;



 


 



 


How many tens of thousands of people did you kill,



 


sitting there with a single sharp word of the Buddha?



 


 



 


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BUDDHA



 


 



 


having let it flow-the water of the waterless river



 


 



 


having let it flood- the water of the waterless river



 


 



 


in the water of the waterless river, a log bridge floats away



 


 



 


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CHILDREN OF NAMSAN VALLEY



 


 



 


When the white snow-covered winter passes



 


The children of Namsan Valley



 


Go up into the mountain



 


Where even ten li is unimaginably far



 


And carrying a meadow bunting’s egg nest



 


They return



 


Having eaten moonlight.



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