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Subject FOR NIRVANA /Korean Seon(zen) Master Cho Oh-Hyun 雪嶽 霧山 曺五鉉-5
Name   관리자 Hit 502

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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31


WAKING IN PLACE


 


villagers toward the sunrise


monks toward the sunset-


life or death, they keep walking


 


one lifetime


barely as mush as a single step


go on, go on


just walking in place


 


32


THE PATH OF LOVE


 


Even love has conditions to meet:


to love legitimately, one needs


 


To erect a stone span


at the neck of the shimmering shallows


 


And, of course, a trysting place, to


which this monk and that monk may come


 


33


AT THE RAZOR’S EDGE


 


You bastards who think you’re monks,


consider this: To be a monk


 


You must die-several times at least-


at the razor’s edge


 


And the nails of your fingers and toes, your eyebrows,


all must wither and fall out.


 


34


CRIME & PUNISHMENT


 


That date tree, struck by lightning,


at the levee by the temple fields


 


How great was its load of sin-


it is I who should have been struck


 


And with thoughts like this, yet again,


I let the whole day pass


 


35


TODAY’S BEAMING


 


The harvest moon rises, and the calms, with bated breath,


float surfaceward-and open wide their mouths to receive


the moon’s beams, revealing all their innermost flesh.


 


36


 


THE WAY TO GYERIMSA TEMPLE


 


I stagger, single-minded, on the 40-li high path to Gyerimsa,


The black cuckoo of Mr. Chorok soaking in my collar,


Beads of sweat on forehead, white clouds gleaming.


 


Mountain follows stream and water flows from mountain;


Time means nothing in the landscape of the temple,


One’s heart emerges, worldless, exposed-and yet


 


With these dyed robes weighing heavy on my shoulders


And 108 prayer beads hanging eyeless, tight, around my neck,


Why is the way so dark as I stand in the bright light of day?


 


In some deep valley, a solitary wildflower blooms with a smile,


And the wind from the great forest comes to drowse in these pine


woods


Today, bowing low to the green mountains, at this site, I arrive.


 


37


THE WAY FORWARD


Jikjisa Temple Travel Diary 1


 


water streams down


the path winds upward


 


I sit with my feet in water


white cloud resting on a slab of stone


 


my mind in the wide valley


where the cuckoo cries


 


 


38


NOT TWO GATES


Jikjisa Temple Travel Diary 2



over mountain, over waves


barely nightfall-down-both sund and moon


 


my sole desire, to abide-


even that’s all burnt away


 


the wind leaves a long aftertaste


my heart opens


 


39


SITTING BUDDHA


Jikjisa Temple Travel Diary 3


 


how heavy is it


the mind seated in its seat?


 


even if there is no word for why,


lighting the long lamps-sun and moon


 


watching over each spine of these green hills,


buddha-head flowers illuminating the dream


 


40


BLUE CRANE-ZEN MASTER YEONGHER


Jikjisa Temple Travel Diary 4


 


a century of longing behind you,


you left for Yellow Mountain


 


when you were lonely-the rim of dawn


when you were happy-the moonlight sky


 


over heaven’s vast expanse


do you follow the cosmic law


 


41


STONE LAMP


Jikjisa Temple Travel Diary 5


 


cold stone, warm hand


gather wants, light a lamp


 


breath burns in the dark


the pine breeze falls asleep


 


and myself, alone, an owl


crying all night on this vast mountain


 


42


COLD LAMP-MASTER WHITE WATER


Jikjisa Temple Travel Diary 6


 


the Yellow Mountain stretch out


immersed in the distance beyond the sky


 


winds through the scattered reeds


empty wild field in Geumneung


 


moon rising, 90,000 li night


a cold lamp, burning


 


43


MIND MOON


Jikjisa Temple Travel Diary 7


 


storey after storey, the highest peaks


above the lighted lotus lamps


 


standing once again on tiptoe


the mind moon rises deep into the heart


 


even the darkness makes way


as I walk in the center of this night