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Tag: Japan

your life is a shadow

by tendo zenji

Your life is a shadow
lived inside a dream,
Once that is realized
self and other vanish.
Pursue fame, the glory
of a prince won’t suffice;
Take a step or two back
a gourd dipper’s all you need.
No matters in the mind
passions quiet of themselves
mind freed from matter
means suchness everywhere.
The moment these truths
are grasped as your own
the mind opens and clears
like the empty void above

— Baisao¬†from¬†The Old Tea Seller: Life and Zen Poetry in 18th Century Kyoto translated by Norman Waddell

Komuso front and back

by tendo zenji

komuso front and back