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THE ANCIENT SEAL OF ORIGINAL MEDITATION

by
ANDREW SHUGYO DAIJO BONNICI, PH.D.

Applied Zen Meditation & Core Mindfulness Based Therapy
Zen Buddhist Priest & Minister of Faith


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The Ancient Seal of True Meditation, is based on a poem written by Honorable Cheng-chueh
(1091-1157), a Ch'an (Zen) Master who practiced and taught the True Body of Meditation
in China. The Japanese Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253) wrote his own interpretation of
this Poem, which is translated in the text called "Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation"
by Carl Bielefeldt (1988). I am indebted to Carl Bielefeldt for his translations
which provided the inspiration for my interpretation and clarification of the
Seal of True Meditation. Please note however, that my rewriting of
Cheng-Chueh's original version is not to say that Cheng-chueh or
Dogen Zenji were not clear or incorrect in their writing of
this Beautiful Poem, but rather that the Seal of
the Body of True Meditation can
also be taught like
THIS.

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Body of Wakefulness

ANCIENT SEAL OF TRUE MEDITATION

A FEARLESS TIGER SETTLES WITH EASE IN THE MOONLIT FOREST.

AN AWAKENED DRAGON EMERGES FREELY FROM ITS MOUNTAIN CAVE.

JUST LIKE THIS, ALL BEINGS AND THINGS HAVE THEIR GREAT FUNCTIONING.

HERE OR THERE, STILL OR ACTIVE GREAT FUNCTIONING IS ONLY ONE.

ITS ESSENCE PERVADES THE BODIES OF INFINITE FORMS.

IT KNOWS BEFORE THE SENSE OF TOUCH AND SIGHT.

IT CLARIFIES MYSTERIES INDEPENDENT OF REASONING.

KNOWING BEFORE OUR TOUCHING AND SEEING, YET ITS WISDOM IS INTIMATELY FELT.

SEEING TRUTHS INDEPENDENT OF REASONING, ITS KNOWING PENETRATES BOTH LIFE AND DEATH.

INTIMATELY FELT BEFORE TOUCH AND SIGHT, IT CANNOT BE NAMED NOR COMPARED.

PENETRATING WITHIN LIFE AND BEYOND DEATH, ITS KNOWING IS VAST AND WITHOUT PEER.

EVER BEFORE NAMING AND COMPARING, ITS WISDOM COMPREHENDS WITHOUT GRASPING OR PUSHING AWAY.

WHETHER STILL OR TURBULENT, MUDDY WATERS REMAIN CLEAR AND UNFATHOMABLE.

A FISH SWIMS WITH EASE IN A WATERLESS OCEAN.

HEAVEN AND EARTH NEED NO HORIZON TO MEET.

GLIDING ALONE ACROSS THE VAST BLUE SKY, THE HAWK IS COMPLETELY NESTED IN ITS FLIGHT.

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Andrew Shugyo Bonnici, Ph.D. February 4, 1998

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