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Kobo Daishi - Singing Image of Heat Waves | Logistics of Belonging

Singing Image of Heat Waves


Sunlight streams on the spring landscape. 
Heat waves shimmer in the meadow. 
Their essence is entirely empty and not existing. 
In it the astray are distressed, forgetting their home. 
Heat waves far off look real, but close up are nothing. 
Heat waves look like running horses or a stream, but are nothing. 
Fantasies arise from wrong thinking.
Beautiful men and women fill a fortress; 
But it is wrong to think that men and women have essential being. 
Sages and wise men are only assumed to be so. 
The all-voidness of the five functions of body and mind is the real truth. 
The Four Devils and Buddhas are also inconceivable. 
Yoga-mind is uniquely enlightened. 
A flame of the World of Truth is self-illuminating. 
Do not be conceited or self-satisfied. Even Yoga-mind is temporary. 
Bliss of the Great Void Only is my true Empress. 


Murakami, Hiroshi. Gibson, Morgan“Tantric Poetry of Kukai”. 1987. White Pine Press. 76 Center Street Fredonia, New York 14063. https://selfdefinition.org/tantra/Tantric-Poetry-of-Kukai-Clearscan.pdf


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