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A whole life without speaking,
                    "a thunderous silence"
that was Wei-ma's*  Way.
And here is a place where no monk can preach.
I understand now what T'ao Ch'ien*, enlightened,
said, he couldn't say.
It's so clear, here, this water
                    my teacher.


-- from A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry, Edited by J. P. Seaton / Edited by Dennis Maloney
Poetry Chaikhana | Yuan Mei - Gone Again to Gaze on the Cascade


* Classic Buddhist poets  Wei-ma is Vimalakirti a legendary (or mythical) lay disciple of the Buddha.  T'ao Ch'ien is Tao Yuanming a great poet of the late 4th and early 5th centuries.

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amaebi
Mar. 24th, 2015 11:17 am (UTC)
I like that one a lot.
bobby1933
Mar. 24th, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC)
:-)>
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