and then silence

From Hojoki: Visions of a Torn World by Kamo-no-Chomei

The morning is quiet
and I have meditated much
on the holy teaching.

This is what I ask myself—

You left the world
to live in the woods,
to quiet your mind
and live the Holy Way.

But though you appear
to be a monk
your heart is soaked in sin.

Your home is modeled on
that of Vimalakirti.
Your practices are not as mindful
as those of Suddhipanthaka.

Is your lowly life
—surely a consequence of past deeds—
troubling you now?

Has your discerning mind
just served to drive you mad?

To these questions of mind,
there is no answer.
So now
I use my impure tongue
to offer a few prayers
to Amida and then
silence.

The world today has its ways and I have mine

From Hojoki: Visions of a Torn World by Kamo-no-Chomei (translation Yasubiko Moriguchi and David Jenkins)

And so with me.
I know my needs
and know the world.

I wish for nothing
and do not work
to acquire things.

Quiet is my only wish,
to be free from worry
happiness enough.

People in the world
do not build houses
to suit their real needs.

They build houses
for wives, children, retinues.
Or they build for friends
and those around them.

Some build houses
for masters and teachers.
And even for their treasures,
oxen, horses.

I have built for myself,
alone.

You may wonder why.

The world today has its ways
and I have mine.