By Grandmaster JinBodhi
Translation by Hongqi Yuan
1. Zen (Chan) means to hold, embrace, fulfill, feel free, return to Nature and practice self-restraint. Put another way, it is like a human being with enormous capacity and profound wisdom.
Zen is a power found in Nature. Existent everywhere and in no place, capable of performing any or no task, it possesses everything and nothing, acting randomly without agenda. Like a great martial artist, Zen carries with it an incomprehensible charisma.
A Zen practitioner always thinks deeply before moving forward, acting at will and in due time. He or she behaves naturally regardless of any human rule or principle of logic, making no distinction between sorrow and happiness, success and failure.
2. Like water, ready to take the shape of whatever it enters, Zen has long lived at low ground, cherishing a spirit that can fly high in the sky and melt into everything – soft as a cloud or vapor, hard as rock or ice, furious as flood or tsunami, still and pure as a mirror.
I often look beyond the sea, lost in thought. If only I were water, not the ocean, not a lake – a dewdrop would be enough. An imaginary comfort, but it is happiness all the same.