Human Route

  • Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed -- that is human.
  • When you are born, where do you come from?
  • When you die, where do you go?
  • Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
  • Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
  • The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
  • Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
  • But there is one thing which always remains clear.
  • It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.
  • Then what is the one pure and clear thing?

© CHOGYESA ZEN TEMPLE OF NEW YORK 2014