MalaBeads wrote:Another translation offers this:
If you can see through this, your Zen training is complete.
Present a sword to a swordsman;
Don't offer a poem unless you meet a poet.
When speaking say one third of it;
Don't give the whole thing at once.
There is a paragraph a little further on, in 'Gateless Gate', that refers to the old woodsman and the lost pilgrim, and that is worth some consideration, because once you find the old woodsman, he'll point you to the stream that stops you from feeling lost on the mountain.
Don't give the whole thing at once. The old woodsman has done this already, so there's no need to offer poems, unless you meet a poet.
That swordsman is in a fine village for striving, and you will be too, if you follow that stream.
No Mind, no Buddha. But Daibai is no fool, and for him, it is always Just Mind, Just Buddha. Either way, sit beneath the Bodhi Tree, and be happy.
The Irish say that it is by the brink of running water that poetry is revealed to the mind, and this koan is just like that.