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The "Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi" by Tozan Ryokai

The teaching of thusness has been intimately communicated by buddhas and ancestors. Now you have it, so keep it well. Filling a silver bowl with snow, hiding a heron in the moonlightWhen you array them, they’re not the same; When you mix them, you know where they are. The meaning is not in the words, yet it responds to the inquiring impulse. If you’re excited it becomes a pitfall; If you miss it, you fall into retrospective hesitation. Turning away and touching are both wrong, for it is like a mass of fire. Just to depict it in literary form is to relegate it to defilement. It is bright just at midnight; it doesn’t appear at dawn. It acts as a guide for beings-its use removes all pains. Although it is not fabricated, it is not without speech. It is like facing a jewel mirror; form and image behold each otherYou are not it-it actually is you. It is like a babe in the world, in five aspects complete: It does not go or come, nor rise nor stand. “Baba wawa”—is there anything said or not? Ultimately it does not apprehend anything, because its speech is not yet correct. It is like the six lines of the double split hexagram; The relative and absolute integrate-piled up, they make three; The complete transformation makes five. It is like the taste of the five-flavored herb, like the diamond thunderbolt. Subtly included within the true, inquiry and response come up together. Communing with the source and communing with the process, It includes integration and includes the road. Merging is auspicious; do not violate it. Naturally real yet inconceivable, It is not within the province of delusion or enlightenment. With causal conditions, time and season, quiescently it shines bright. In its fineness it fits into spacelessness; In its greatness it is utterly beyond location. A hairsbreadth’s deviation will fail to accord with the proper attunement. Now there are sudden and gradual, In connection with which are set up basic approaches. Once basic approaches are distinguished, then there are guiding rules. But even though the basis is reached and the approach comprehended, True eternity still flows.