Berkeley Zen Center

Sandokai

Harmonious Song of Difference and Sameness

of Sekito Kisen Daiosho

The mind of the great sage of India
is intimately communicated from west to east.
While human faculties are sharp or dull,
The Way has no northern or southern ancestors.
The spiritual source shines clear in the light;
the branching streams flow on in the dark.
Grasping at things is surely delusion;
according with sameness is still not enlightenment.
All the objects of the senses
interact and yet do not.
Interacting brings involvement.
Otherwise, each keeps its place.
Sights vary in quality and form,
sounds differ as pleasing or harsh.
Refined and common speech come together in the dark,
clear and murky phrases are distinguished in the light.
The four elements return to their natures
just as a child turns to its mother.
Fire heats, wind moves,
water wets, earth is solid.
Eye and sights, ear and sounds,
nose and smells, tongue and tastes;
Thus with each and every thing,
depending on these roots, the leaves spread forth.
Trunk and branches share the essence;
revered and common, each has its speech.
In the light there is darkness,
but don't take it as darkness;
In the dark there is light,
but don't see it as light.
Light and darkness oppose one another
like front and back foot in walking.
Each of the myriad things has its merit,
expressed according to function and place.
Phenomena exist; box and lid fit.
Principle responds; arrow points meet.
Hearing the words, understand the meaning;
don't set up standards of your own.
If you don't understand the Way right before you,
how will you know the path as you walk?
Progress is not a matter of far or near,
but if you are confused, mountains and rivers block your way.
I respectfully urge your who study the mystery,
do not pass your days and nights in vain.


SANDOKAI

In medieval Japanese; capitalized syllables are approximately twice as long but are not accentuated.

chikudo DAI SEN no SHIN TO ZAI mitsu ni AI fusu NIN KON ni riDON ari DO ni NAM boku no so nashi REI GEN MYO ni KO KET tari shiha AN ni ruCHU su ji o SHU suru mo moto kore maYOI ri ni kaNO mo mata satori ni arazu MON MON IS SAI no KYO ego to fu ego to eshite sarani AI wataru shikara zareba ku RAI ni YOTte JU su shiki moto shitsu ZO o kotoni shi SHO moto RAKku o koto ni su AN wa JO CHU no koto ni kaNAI MEI wa SEI daku no ku o wakatsu shiDAI no SHO onozu kara fukusu kono sono haha o uru ga gotoshi hi wa NESshi kaze wa DO YO mizu wa uru OI chi wa KEN go manako wa iro mimi wa ON JO hana wa ka shita wa KAN so shi kamo ichi ichi no HO ni OI te ne ni YOTte haBUN pusu HOM matsu sube karaku SHU ni kisu beshi SON pi sono go o mochi u MEI CHU ni atATte AN ari AN SO o MOTte Okoto nakare AN CHU ni atATte MEI ari MEI SO o MOTte miru koto naka re MEI AN ono ono AI TAI shite hisu runi ZEN go no ayumi no gotoshi BAM motsu onozu kara KO ari masani YO to sho to o YU beshi jiSON sureba KAN GAI GAS shi ri O zureba SEN po saSO koto o ukete wa sube karaku SHU o esu beshi mizu kara kiku o RIS suru koto nakare soku moku DO o ese ZUNba ashi o hakobu mo izu KUN zo michi o shiRAN ayumi o susu mureba GON NON ni arazu ma YOte SEN ga no KO heDA TSU SHIN de SAN GEN no hito ni Mosu KO IN muna shiku wataru koto nakare

Last revised 04/01/2006. Copyright 2000 Berkeley Zen Center.
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