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By Thich Nhat Hanh

Korea's most advantageous poet, the previous Buddhist monk Ko Un, offers 108 Zen poems. Ko Un, who's affectionately referred to as "the nice mountain top" through his neighbors, is a vacationer at the method. all through his eventful existence as monk, poet, novelist, political dissident, husband and father, Ko Un has dashed like a galloping horse, constantly relocating and searching.

When this quantity first seemed in 1997 with the name Beyond Self, Ko Un and the translators weren't more than happy with it. as well as now receiving a identify which extra effectively displays the the unique Korean, the translations were a bit of revised to carry them towards the originals. additionally extra have been 11 unique brush portray via the author.

It is a pleasure to re-introduce Ko Un, a compassionate poet, who stated that "A poet may still cry many days sooner than changing into a poet. A poet should have cried for others while he was once 3 or 4 years old." The poems during this quantity supply 108 glimpses of Ko Un. His poems also are 108 how one can examine ourselves.

Forewords via Thich Nhat Hanh and Allen Ginsberg.

11 new brush-painting illustrations by means of the writer.

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An indication or a mark isn't the truth itself. as a result of our lack of know-how and behavior energies, we frequently understand issues incorrectly. we're stuck in our psychological different types, particularly our notions of self, individual, residing being, and existence span. We discriminate among self and nonself, as though self has not anything to do with nonself. We look after the healthiness of the self, yet we don't imagine a lot concerning the wellbeing and fitness of every thing that's nonself. after we see issues this fashion, our habit could be in keeping with flawed perceptions. Our brain is sort of a sword slicing truth into items, after which we act as if every bit of truth is self sustaining from the opposite items. If we glance deeply, we'll get rid of those limitations among our psychological different types and spot the single within the many and the numerous within the one, that is the real nature of interbeing. this can be the best way to be loose from our notions. this is the reason within the Diamond Sutra, the Buddha makes use of the language of freedom while he responds to his disciple Subhuti. We see many sentences like this within the Diamond Sutra: “A bodhisattva isn't a bodhisattva, this is why he's really a bodhisattva. ” this fashion of conversing is termed the dialectics of prajñaparamita. it truly is provided by means of the Buddha to unfastened us from notions. allow us to try and comprehend the dialectics of prajñaparamita: A cup isn't really a cup, accordingly it truly is actually a cup. A self isn't really a self, because of this it may be really a self. after we look at “A,” the item we're observing—a cup, a self, a mountain, a government—we see the “non-A” components in it. in reality, “A” is made in basic terms of “non-A” parts, so one can say that “A” is “non-A,” or “A” isn't “A. ” Father is made up of non-father components, together with childrens. If there aren't any kids, how can there be a father? having a look deeply into father, we see young ones; for this reason, father isn't really father. an identical is correct with young children, spouse, husband, citizen, president, everybody, and every little thing. In good judgment, the primary of identification is that “A” is “A” and “A” can by no means be “B. ” To loose ourselves from our techniques, we need to go beyond this precept. the 1st precept of the dialectics of prajñaparamita is that “A” is “non-A. ” for the reason that, we all know that the healthiness of “A” is determined by the wellbeing and fitness of the “non-A” components. The health of guy will depend on the health and wellbeing of non-man components in nature. if you have an accurate conception of guy and recognize that guy is made from non-man parts, it's secure to name guy via his real names—trees, air, lady, fish, or guy. The Buddha might be checked out within the comparable approach. Buddha is made up of non-Buddha parts. Enlightenment is made up of non-enlightenment components. Dharma is made up of non-Dharma parts. Bodhisattvas are made from non-bodhisattva components. a lot of these statements are within the Prajñaparamita Diamond Sutra, and they're the best way to perform the second one Door of Liberation, the door of signlessness. If we study the 3 doorways of Liberation yet don’t perform them, they're of no need. To open the door of signlessness and input the world of suchness, fact, we need to perform mindfulness in our everyday life.

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