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You can´t write a letter on the sky, you can´t write numbers on the water...
Harada Roshi

New Year Poem 2018

二〇一八年戊戌歳元旦宸題語
歳旦法語
満身無性度群生
語尽山雲海月情
大死一番蘇絶後
全提正令眼睛明
右   古錐叟
奉和

Forgetting the whole body - giving all to society
all words used up - mountains, clouds, ocean moon
If the great death is experienced then rebirth happens
The whole being exposed - the pure eye clarified

The next year is the year of the dog, who appears in the famous koan with Joshu, when the master is being asked: Does a dog have Buddha Nature? And Joshu answers: MU. 

The Chokudai, the Imperial poem contest word is GO - word for next year. Both of these two pointers can be found in the New Year´s poem of Harada Roshi.


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