Suan Mokkh: The Garden of Liberation

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The Silent Mind Listens to Grass Speak

Lord Buddha, once enlightened, with silent mind
hears revelations from the myriad things,

As if clamoring to report through themselves
that there is nothing at all worth grasping

And clinging to as “I,” “myself,” or “mine.”
Never dream of owning any of them — what foolishness!

Taking these selfless things to be “I” or “me”
brings only sadness, soreness, and sorrow.

Even the rocks, sand, soil, trees, and grass
sound this song through every nook and cranny;

Yet, the busy-minded don’t understand or suspect
that everything sings out Dhamma’s lesson.

With silent mind one hears even the leaves of grass
counseling each other with this beautiful, witty fact:

“All beings may dance at ease in the breeze with minds
left silent by laying to rest all things.”

[translated by santikaro bhikkhu]

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