By J.P. Seaton (Editor), Dennis Maloney (Editor)
This anthology gathers over 1500 years if chinese language Zen (Ch'an) poetry, from the earliest writing -- together with the Hsin Hsin Ming written via the 3rd Patriarch -- to the poetry of clergymen dwelling during this century. Drawn jointly by way of the Zen thread, this ragged line of poet-hermits varieties a profound lineage for plenty of modern poets.
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Ten million rungs, and each an illusion . . Better the old ma n sitting, on the cliff Breeze clear, moon bright , and his heart , the same . II . Cloud Mountain ' s to p and the white clouds, level. Climb to the top and then you'll know just how low the world is . Strange herbs, rar e blossoms people wouldn't recognize , and a spring that runs dow n in nine separate streams. JPS JPs rad Hsiu Nu Huai Su (Late 9lh Cenfurv) (Late 9th Century ) Longing for an Old Garden Written on Mr. Chang's Painting of the Drunken Mon k I remember a garden I used to visit ; just thinking about it leaves me heartsick .
No one's picked them yet ; Fallen flowers? Butterflies Know first . Thick grass seals An unused path; open woods Reveal a low hedge . Invisibly trailing , Sedge clumps and spreads : Sharp chill, sudden Rain clears . Spent autum n Idles strangers' stroll . Dusk Jumbles chirping crickets . Straggling Up mossy steps nearby, sedge-clump s Level, link bamboo path s Far-off. Back and forth Tracks from hiking sticks And clawprint of cran e Naturally crisscross . Since I left The hoeing' s long-neglected .
Visitors seldom come . Bittersweet, sitting zazen with the monks . SH (1025-M Ninety fragrant days of Sprin g the wandering bee delves the flowers . When all of that fragrance is safe in the hive , where do the petals fall ? JPS Su Tung-p'o T'ien-ho Templ e su Shah, 1037-10D Presented to Liu Ching-we n Lotus withered, no more umbrellas to the rai n A single branch, chrysanthemum stands against the fros t The good sights of the year : remember thos e and now too : citrons yellow, tangerines still green .
A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry by J.P. Seaton (Editor), Dennis Maloney (Editor)