Tag Archives: Bankei Poetry

-Bankei


Having created
the demon mind yourself
When it torments you mercilessly
You’re to blame and no one else

When you do wrong
our mind’s the demon
There’s no hell
To be found outside

Abominating hell
Longing for heaven
You make yourself suffer
In a joyful world

You think that good
Means hating what is bad
What’s bad is
The hating mind itself

-Bankei

-Bankei


Photo: Fame, wealth, eating and drinking, sleep and sensual delight -- Once you've leaned the Five Desires They become Your guide in lifeNotions of what one should do Never existed from the start Fighting about what’s right, what’s wrong That’s the doing of the "I"When your study Of Buddhism is through You find You haven’t anything new -Bankei

Fame, wealth, eating and
drinking, sleep and sensual delight —
Once you’ve leaned the Five Desires
They become
Your guide in life

Notions of what one should do
Never existed from the start
Fighting about what’s right, what’s wrong
That’s the doing of the “I”

When your study
Of Buddhism is through
You find
You haven’t anything new

-Bankei