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(avoiding all stain of worldly things, their hearts as tranquil as white lotus)
 

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The white wake of a boat rowing away at the break of dawn.

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Water clear in the jade stream; moonlight white over Cold Mountain.

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Calm clouds, untethered, grow and shrink as they will.

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Snow clears: jade needles on the pine trees; mist warms: green tendrils of healing herbs.

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Deep night: the moon lights the way home. Wild rice ripens under fragrant dew.

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Cold bamboo shadows encroach upon the pathway stones.

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A sputtering lamp in an ancient temple on a cliff of stone.

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Above the bank, an ancient Qin road; facing the hall, a ruined Han tomb.

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From a tall pine, the last cone falls; in the deep well, ice traces grow.

 

 

(Sources: Charles Egan, Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown: Poems by Zen Monks of China; Man’yōshū (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves), an anthology of Japanese literature circa 759.)