A Dharma Song

The Spark

At the center of our vast
and completely empty mind,
there is an eternal spark.

With my whole heart,
I’ll take this spark as my guiding light.
I’ll go forward
sharing its light
with all the world,
traveling this path of endless compassion.

This one mind,
deep,
deep,
so deep,
so profound,
so mysterious,
there within this
is the truth of “embracing everything.”
From this one mind
flows a great spring
that has the power to save all beings.

I’ll drink deeply of this sweet water,
and no longer be caught by life and death.
Together with all beings,
I’ll take this path,
this truth,
that transcends all fixed forms and ideas.

— Daehaeng Sunim

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