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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 425

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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21


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.


 


22


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



23


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


 


24


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.


 


25


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!


 


26


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!


 


27


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.


 


28


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?


 


29


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


 


30


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.