THE LONGMEN “LINEAGE POEM” (Longmen paishi 龍門派詩) A Translation

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THE LONGMEN “LINEAGE POEM”
(Longmen paishi 龍門派詩)
A Translation

Chinese Text

道德通玄靜,真常守太清。一陽來復本,合教永圓明。
至理宗誠信,崇高嗣法興。世景榮惟懋,希微衍自寧。
住修正仁義,超升雲會登。大妙中黃貴,聖體全用功。
虛空乾坤秀,金木性相逢。山海龍虎交,蓮開現寶新。
行滿丹書詔,月盈祥光生。萬古續仙號,三界都是亲。


Translation

The Dao and its Virtue pervade the mysterious quiescence,
true constancy guards the grand clarity.
The One Yang comes and returns to the root:
the united teaching is unendingly whole and bright.

The perfect principle is at the origins of sincerity and truthfulness:
venerable and lofty, it transmits the doctrine’s prosperity.
The world’s appearance is flourishing and thoroughly luxuriant,
the inaudible and imperceptible spreads and of-its-own is peaceful.

Dwell in cultivating the correct humanity and righteousness:
transcending and rising to the clouds, you will be able to ascend.
In the great subtlety the central yellow is honored:
the saintly body entirely performs its function.

In emptiness and vacuity, Qian and Kun are splendid:
Metal and Wood in their natures reciprocally meet.
In mountains and seas, Dragon and Tiger conjoin:
the lotus opens and manifests the treasure anew.

When the practice is complete, the red writ is proclaimed,
from the moon’s fullness an auspicious radiance is born.
For ten-thousand ages shall continue the immortals’ names,
and the three realms will all be akin.
 
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