The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

"Spiritual powers and their wondrous functioning--hauling water and carrying firewood." --Layman Pang, upon his realization

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spring Ango--Who Knows What Day It Is....

On Receiving My Letter of Termination

The time has come to devote myself to my hiker's stick;
I must have been a Buddhist monk in a former life!
Sick, I see returning home as a kind of pardon.
A stranger here--being fired is like being promoted.
In my cup, thick wine;  I get crazy-drunk,
eat my fill, then stagger up the green mountain.
The southern sect, the northern sect, I've tried
        them all:
this hermit has his own school of Zen philosophy.

--Yuan Hongdao

Translated by Jonathan Chaves

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