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April 4th, 2015

Ryokan (1758?-1831)

"......Monks are not thought of very highly in Omaha, or in any other part of America. In the words of the Catholic monk Thomas Merton, "In a materialistic culture which is fundamentally irreligious, the monk is incomprehensible because he ‘produces nothing.’ His life appears to be completely useless."......"

Ryokan (1758?-1831)

Today the featured poet on poetru-chaikhana is Zen master Ryokan. Read more...Collapse )

Ryokan - When all thoughts

When all thoughts
Are exhausted
I slip into the woods
And gather
A pile of shepherd's purse.

Like the little stream
Making its way
Through the mossy crevices
I, too, quietly
Turn clear and transparent.


-- from Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryokan, Translated by John Stevens
Poetry Chaikhana | Ryokan - When all thoughts

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