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November 05, 2013


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Susan: Part of Hakuin's commentary on the Heart Sutra.

I'm coming around to the idea of calling my favorite lentil recipe a lentil sutra.

The reference for the poem?

"This is one sutra they didn't compile
Inside their cave at Pippali.
Kumarajiva had no words to translate it;
Ananda himself couldn't get wind of it.
At the north window, icy drafts whistle through the cracks,
At the south pond, wild geese sport in snowy reeds.
Above, the mountain seems pinched thin with cold;
Freezing clouds threaten to break up.
Buddhas could descend upon this world in their thousands,
But they wouldn't add or subtract a thing."

While we're at it, let's stop calling the Platform Scripture a "Sutra".

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