Poems

Poetry

The Life You Lead

If you were to ask me
what this life is that you are living,
I would tell you that there is no Truth in that life.

If you were to tell me that
the life you are leading is one of Truth,
I would tell you that your burdens are heavy.

If you were to tell me that
the life you are leading is exciting,
I would tell you that you are dreaming
an exciting dream within a dream.

If you were to tell me that
the life you are leading is an exhausting one,
I would tell you to let go of your useless greed.

If you were to tell me that
the life you are leading is nonsensical,
I would tell you that
there is no such thing as life or death.

If you were to tell me that
the life you are leading is wrong,
I would tell you that
it is because you have an attachment and greed for life.

If you were to tell me that
the life you are leading is savory,
I would tell you that
you have almost reached the true world.

If you were to tell me that
you are terrified of the life you are leading,
I would tell you that you are living well.

If you were to tell me that
the life you are leading is full of pain,
I would tell you to get rid of your self.

If you were to tell me that
you are leading a happy life,
I would tell you that it is nothing more than dust.

If you were to ask me how to live well,
I would tell you that
you must completely be rid of your self.

If you were to ask me what a life of Truth is,
I would tell you that a life that is alive is Truth,
that is it the life Truth lives.

If you were to ask me
to make the life you are leading into that of Truth,
I would tell you that I have the key.

World of Great Love
Journey to human completion

The Right Way to Live

To all of you living in the world:
learn how to be unknowledgeable
before being knowledgeable.
Knowledge confines you.
Being unknowledgeable will free you.
To have knowledge but to not dwell in it -
to be unknowledgeable -
will free you.

To all of you living in the world:
learn how to not live before learning how to live.
When you learn how to not live,
the life you live will be endlessly peaceful,
and you will understand the logic of life.

To all of you living in the world:
learn to want not before learning to want.
Wants are what confine you in life.
To be in want of nothing will liberate you.
Thus to having nothing
will set your mind at infinite peace.

To all of you living in the world:
learn to say goodbye before creating bonds with others.
If you force yourself to create bonds,
it would be nothing but laborious.
If you were to create bonds
after having learned to say goodbye,
those bonds would be new everyday;
they would be full of affection and endless peace.

To all of you living in the world:
before you learn love, compassion, and benevolence,
learn to be absent of mind when dealing with others.
When you deal with others
after having learned to be absent of mind,
they will be at great peace.
When you deal with others
after having learned to be absent of mind,
you will be at great peace.

To all of you living in the world:
do not regard various things as being different.
If you dwell in those various things,
your senses of self will become greater,
and you will dwell in your mind.
The state in which
you no longer view objects as being objects is
the boundlessly peaceful state.
Furthermore, when you no longer have a discerning mind,
you will be able to live a true life.

To all of you living in the world:
do not be bound to words.
If you do, there will be no freedom for you;
you will be shackled.
Your thoughts are what destroy you.
To be able to see all things in Nature clearly
is what it means to live a true life.

To all of you living in the world:
do not be deceived into creating
your own conceptions of things.
Your own thoughts are what deceive you.
You do not realize that everything is Truth as it is
and that God and Buddha do not exist
separately from creation.
It is only when you live knowing that
everything in the universe is Truth
that you will live the right way.

As Naked As The Day You Came

Where have you come from
and where will you go?
Do you have sadness?
Do you have kleshas?
If so what?
Are they kleshas of knowledge?
Are they kleshas of meetings and farewells?
Are they kleshas of death?
Are they kleshas of birth, sickness, and old age?

Whatever sadness or worries you may have
they are all your meaningless delusions,
which have been born of your impure discernment.
Thus if you were to abandon all of your attachments
you would be free from your sadness.

In society today,
a person's worth is determined by
his state of wealth and rank,
and people believe that such things enrich their beings
which are nothing more than empty shells.
But man is an existence that departs
as naked as the day he arrived.
Do you not go alone just as you have come along?
Once you find yourself,
you will come to know that
you have come from nowhere and will go nowhere;
once you truly realize that
you are bound to your sadness, kleshas, and delusions
and are thus not really alive,
you will become Buddha.
Kleshas, along with all the delusions you see,
are meaningless.
Once you become enightened
you will understand this logic.

Picture world
Climbing over Ariang Mountain (defeating one's self)

Abandon

It is with great earnest that I say to you,
abandon your attachments;
abandon your discernment;
abandon what you know;
abandon your pride;
abandon anything and everything in your subconscious
that moves you;
completely remove the fundamental roots
of all of your thoughts.

You will not die if you abandon them.
You will not lose if you abandon them.
You will gain something greater.
If you do not abandon them
you will never reach enlightenment,
nor find your self that is at peace.
You will be Buddha if you reach enlightenment,
so why is it that you do not abandon them?
You lived creating enough kleshas in your mind,
those futile delusions.
What good have they done you?
Why are you unable to let go of them
when they provide no aid or benefit?
Let them go immediately.
Do you intend to continue fighting your kleshas?

Be simple and innocent.
Be like a child.
Be a person that knows nothing.
Abandon your curiosity.
Do not be cunning.
Abandon wealth and prosperity.
Such things are what sicken you;
they are your worst enemies.

There are steps that must be taken for all things.
Thus if you wish to reach enlightenment,
you must take action
by abandoning the things you have,
for unless you do, you will never reach it.
If you still do not wish to let go of them,
let us consider
the countless people who have departed before you:
Are the heroes of the times or the eternal saints still
alive now?
Is there anything that is indeed eternal?
They are all futile dreams of the past.
So truly let go of all that is yours -
those pointless things -
right now.
Once you do, you will find your eternal self,
which is a priceless treasure you must indeed find
while you are alive as a human being.
This is something that cannot be done
unless you are a human being,
and opportunities do not come often.
If you do not let go now
you will lose this chance for all eternity.
Time will not wait for you:
Who will you blame when you are without
enlightenment?

Dō (道)

Man lives carelessly,
not knowing Truth or falseness,
but comes to know them by coincidence.
Such is none other than the path of '(Truth)'.

Listen!
We are not separate;
we never were.
We are all one.
Because we have established this separation between us,
'You' and 'I' exist and we fail to see we are one.
This oneness is Truth
and it is the original you.
But you have been blinded by your false self
and are thus unable to find your true self.

You are of your true self
when your body and mind no longer exist.
The true self is original non-existent self that is the master,
which is why you are unable to see
your original true self.
You live clinging to your self
that was never non-existent or was ever born,
and this is why you are absent of your true self.
Now that I know,
now that I have awakened,
I see that is a funny game.

Let us wake up together -
I have found that Truth is quite simple and easy.

Climbing over Ariang Mountain (defeating one's self)
Climbing over Ariang Mountain (defeating one's self)

Adada

Dear Adada,
You have been born in to this world as a human being,
but you are a dumb mute.
However you are infinitely good.
Dear Adada,
Who could possibly know your heart?
Dear Adada,
my eyes well up with tears at the thought of you.

There is no way to know
why you are in your predicament,
you with your good heart.
All is well even if you cannot speak,
you with your good heart.
All is well even if you do not speak.
What could I do to soothe you of your hurts?
Nonetheless you are happy,
for you have not a single care or worry.
No matter what people say to you,
even though they swear at you,
there is no pain to be found in your silent heart.

Dear Adada,
you could not possibly know my heart.
Dear Adada,
though you are in that world,
I will make sure to save you.
Eternity is salvation.
Eternity is salvation.
Many a times you have cursed the day
you were born as a human being;
The pain in your heart must be very great.
Dear Adada,
I can see that you have
a lot of regrets and unfulfilled desires in your heart,
but you will to live purely is infinite.
In my heart, I have become you,
and can thus feel your heart;
my heart cries.

Do you wish to live forever in a pure world?
Do you wish to live forever as a decent human being?
Do you long for it?
You live without the love that exists
and even without the love that does not exist;
you live on silently,
accepting everything as being fate.
Thus you are Buddha;
you are compassion.
Your mind will live in Heaven,
and you will live in Heaven.
You and I were never strangers.

Bright Light

The day the dark clouds are lifted
will be the day in which the world will be bright.
What does it mean for the world to be bright?
It means that
man's individual mind will no longer exist.
It means that
his life exists, but he will not exist in it.
Such a place would be a bright world.
Such a place would be a true world.

A true world is a bright world;
a true world is a world of hope.
I await the day the dark clouds will be lifted
and the new world - the new Heaven and earth -
will be revealed.
The cloudless sky brightens the mind of man.
Likewise we will see the bright Light
when the clouds are no more;
likewise we will see the day
when everyone is smiling.

Climbing over Ariang Mountain (defeating one's self)
Climbing over Ariang Mountain (defeating one's self)

Love

Love is endlessly peaceful.
Love is endless understanding.
Love is something that only humans have.
Love is about giving what you have.
Love is about humans loving humans.
Love is about sharing goodness with others.
Love is about showing mercy to others.
Love is about giving everything to the people of the world;
it is about giving what you have to others.
Love is about speaking for those who have no words.
Love is about making it possible for the deaf to hear.
Love is about being loyal to the ones you love.
Love is about giving the whole of your heart.
Love is about being of one mind even when you and another are not together.
Love is about showing a warm gesture even to those who are just passing by.
Love is about showing uncalculated kindness.
Love is about longing those you miss.
Love is about treating loved ones with love.
Love is to give to others if they are wanting.

Loving people live in a loving world,
so they treat each other with love.
And because the people of the world
treat each other with love,
the dark clouds of anger are lifted,
and they care for one another.
At the sight of world
and all of its creations living on love,
I jump for joy;
no one in the world has been left behind.
The world has always been a place where
there is no distinction between 'you' and 'me,'
and such a world is indeed a great place to live in.