Written on a Monastery Wall:
They rejected life to seek the Way. Their footprints are before us.
They offered up their brains, ripped up their bodies; so firm was their resolution.
See it as large, and a millet-grain cheats us of the universe.
See it as small, and the world can hide in a pinpoint.
The oyster before its womb fills thinks of the new cassia.1
The amber, when it first sets, remembers a former pine.
If we trust the true and sure words written on Indian leaves.2
We hear all past and future in one stroke of the temple bell.
1 In traditional Chinese culture, people believed a cassia tree grew on the Moon. Further, it was believes that oysters grew pearls during the waxing of the moon.
2 In ancient India, the Buddhist sutras were frequently written on palm leaves and carefully preserved.