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The Great Work of Life and Death

by Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927-2004)

In the great work of life and death, time will not wait for you.
If you die tomorrow, what kind of body will you get?
Is not all of this of great importance?
Hurry up! Hurry!
Blue sky and green sea
Are the Buddha’s original face.
The sound of the waterfall and the bird’s song
Are the great sutras.
Where are you going?
Watch your step!

Water flows down to the sea.
Clouds float up to the heavens.

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