Dongshan's Five Ranks (4th)

KOAN:

Poem 4

Two swords are crossed.
There’s no way to retreat.
You’re a lotus in the fire
You can’t help it
You’re determined to go higher.

– from the Record of Dongshan, The Five Ranks (4th Rank)

Text November 13, 2019

Dongshan’s Five Ranks: Poem 4

John Tarrant

Two swords are crossed (like in the movies, which actually I don’t think happens in real life, but it’s very popular in the movies. It was popular in the movies like 1200 years ago.) Two swords are crossed. There’s no way to retreat. You’re a lotus in the fire. You can’t help it. You’re determined to go higher. Farther, higher, up , further, more. So two swords are crossed. There’s no way to retreat. You’re a lotus in the fire. You can’t help it. You’re determined to go higher. 

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