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The quick poems during this booklet mirror the non secular insights of a few of the best poets, saints, and sages recognized to Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, and local American traditions.
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Perry (Louisville, 1992) 33 Music of the Sky You are kind, I am the pitiable one, You are the donor, I am the beggar, I am the notorious sinner,You are the destroyer of accumulated sins, You are the master, I am the orphan, who is orphaned like me? There is no one afflicted like me, and no one like you to destroy affliction, You are the Supreme Self, I am the individual soul, Father, Mother, Teacher, Friend, you are my helper in all ways. Between you and me there are so many relationships. Whatever Tulsi feels, you are that, O!
Rengetsu, Lotus Moon:The Poetry of the Buddhist Nun Rengetsu translated by John Stevens (New York, 1994) 27 Music of the Sky Why bother with the world? Let others go gray, bustling east, west. In this mountain temple, lying half-in, Half-out, I’m removed from joy and sorrow. —Ryushu, Zen Prayers, Sermons, Anecdotes, Interviews translated by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto (New York, 1963) 28 Dust from the Whirlwind A dash of rain upon The lotus leaves. But the leaves Remain unmarked, no matter How hard the raindrops beat.
The names on the tombs are completely faded, And even the relatives have forgotten who they were. Choked with tears, unable to speak, I take my staff and return home. —Ryokan, One Robe, One Bowl:The Zen Poetry of Ryokan translated by John Stevens in Buddhadharma:The Practioner’s Quarterly (Winter, 2002) 26 Dust from the Whirlwind Eternal spring wind, I know you won’t be too rough On the delicate Branches and buds Of the weeping willow. —Rengetsu, Lotus Moon:The Poetry of the Buddhist Nun Rengetsu translated by John Stevens (New York, 1994) 27 Music of the Sky Why bother with the world?