Ikkyu

 


Many paths lead
from the foot of the mountain,
But at the peak
We all gaze at the
Single bright moon.

– –

Rain, hail, snow and ice:
All are different,
But when they fall
They become the same water
As the valley stream.

– –

The ways of proclaiming
The Mind vary,
But the same heavenly truth
Can be seen
In each and every one.

– –

This world
Is but
A fleeting dream
So why by alarmed
At its evanescence?

by Ikkyu

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~ by phantastica on March 4, 2008.

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