The past is already past

by P'ang Yun (Layman P'ang)

English version by Satyavayu
Original Language Chinese

The past is already past --
Don't try to regain it.
The present doesn't stay --
Don't try to grasp it over and over.
The future isn't here yet --
Don't ponder it beforehand.
When the three times are revealed as non-existent,
mind is the same as awakened nature.
To quietly function relying on emptiness --
This is manifesting profound action.
Not even the least phenomena really exists --
Whatever comes to the eye, leave it be.
No rules to be kept, no filth to be cleaned;
With empty mind truly revealed,
All things no longer have birth or death.
When you are like this
The ultimate achievement is finished.

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