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This anthology gathers jointly over 1500 years of chinese language Zen (Ch'an) poetry from the earliest writing, together with the Hsin Hsin Ming written via the third Patriarch, to the poetry of priests during this century. Poets contain Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Yuan Mei, the loopy hermits Han-shan and Shih-te, in addition to many nameless clergymen and hermits.

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I settle for the culmination born of my earlier . this present day, I amble during the lacquer-tree garde n And go back to the enjoyment Chuang Tzu felt . Zazen at the Mountai n the traditional sage was once no proud respectable . He kept away from the warp and weave of the realm And held just a trifling place, casually appeared , Like an outdated girl sauntering between twigs of timber . We sit down jointly, the mountain and me , until eventually in simple terms the mountain continues to be. The birds have vanished down the sky. Now the final cloud drains away . JL previous Dus t we are living our lives as wanderer s until eventually, useless, we ultimately come domestic . One quickly journey among heaven and earth , then the airborne dirt and dust of 10000 generations . The Moon-Rabbit mixes elixirs for not anything . The Tree of lengthy lifestyles is kindling . useless, our white bones lie silent whilst pine bushes lean towards spring . Remembering, I sigh ; taking a look forward, I sigh once again : This existence is mist . What repute? What glory? I Make My domestic within the Mountains You ask why I reside by myself within the mountain wooded area , and that i smile and am silen t until eventually even my soul grows quiet : it lives within the different international , one who nobody owns . The peach bushes blossom . The water keeps to circulation . r Ling Yi (d 762 ) Riverbank Epiphany those evenings the hills are eco-friendly agai n the streams within the woods transparent back . i do know not anything approximately taming oxe n or of deep grottos, forever large . above a country financial institution, mists start to gathe r calm waters, yet no moon above a solitary boat could lose its means . simply take heed to the speeding autumn springs . SH memento for the outdated guy of Chung-chou a life of no position to res t hundreds of thousands of miles, beaten and alon e misplaced my method one of the candy grasse s tear-streaked after the move of spring currents . what number seasons of innkeeper ' s food ? what number nights in brookside hamlets ? I lengthy for the rigors fanatics understand; within the empty hills gibbons sing down a environment sunlight . JHS -a+ forty nine ea- Letter to a wandering husband : move domestic. Tear drop frozen to its center the letter will com e to inform you of the lady ready within the willow backyard . emotions, realizing they are tough to protect a s chastity, on my own . back, right here, and there the sunlight' s first rays of Spring . Tu Fu (712-770 ) vacationing the Monastery at Lung-me n I explored the grounds with priests this night , and now the evening has handed . Heavy silence rises throughout us whereas overdue moonlight spills in the course of the woodland . The mountain rises nearly into heaven . snoozing within the clouds is chilly . A unmarried stroke of the early prayer-bell awakens one , yet does it additionally waken the soul ? JPS SH Chico Jan (730? -799? ) Inscribed at the Wall of the Hut via the Lak e so that it will be a mountain dweller . . . no use to trek to India to discover one . i have 1000 top s to choose from, the following within the lake . aromatic grasses, white clouds , to carry me the following . What holds you there , world-dweller ? At Gus u the traditional terrace now invisible : Autumn grasses wither, there the place as soon as the King of Wu stoo d proud and robust . A thousan d years of moonlight at the grass : what percentage instances did he gaze down upon it ?

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