By Ch'an Master Huang-Bei Tuan-Chi
Translated by Dharma Master Lok To
Edited by Dr. Frank G. French
Abandon all trouble in the world --
This is the most extraordinary act.
As in an opera, grasp the rope
Only to swing on, progressing further.
If you don't feel penetrating cold
To the bone at least once,
How can you ever come to smell
The warm fragrance of plum flowers?
Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada, 1986