Feb 11 2011
Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn
by Wu Men (Hui-k’ai)
English version by Stephen Mitchell
Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
— from The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry, by Stephen Mitchell
/ Photo by Richard Cocks /
The flowers say it, the moon, the breeze, the snow. Each time we pause to notice the living world around us it blesses us and says– May your mind be unclouded, and may every season be the best season of your life!
|Wu Men (Hui-k’ai)|
There are two primary collections of koans in Zen/Chan Buddhism: the Blue Cliff Records, and the Wu Men Kuan, also known as the Mumonkan. The Mumonkan, first published in 1228, consists of 48 koans compiled by Wu Men Hui-k’ai with his commentary and poetic verse.
Wu Men (also called Mumon) was a head monk of the Lung-hsiang monastery in China.