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« on: December 29, 2008, 11:25:15 AM »
Yuren was the abbot of a certain temple in Edo, the capital of the
Third Shogunate.  He was also a great poet and he composed many
short poems (haiku) on occasions even though his collection of
poems is not available today.

Once a  beautful young lady was looking at the picture of a skull
on the canvas in an art festival.  Yuren then wrote:

Now you surely
Won't pick up the mirror
You have been looking in
morning and night,
Seeing that this
is your real appearance!

Once on seeing some smoke on the other side of the fields, he wrote:

Looking over the fields
I see the unknown smoke
rising again today.
Whose body will be
the kindling tomorrow?

Once a certain priest who had been living in borrowed quarters at
the temple, accidentally caused it to burn down.  On that occasion,
Yuren wrote:

Use such occasion to test
the ultimate unshakeablitiy
of the usually immutable mind!

(Source: Zen antics.  Thomas Cleary.  Pub. Shambhala, Boston.)

Arunachala Siva.