The Dharma of Mind Transmission

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