Monthly Poetry: Ryokan


There are a thousand ways to express that thing that can’t be expressed. Through teaching the dharma great meditation masters have tried their best to pass their wisdom onto us. Another way their wisdom makes manifest is through arts and in this case poetry. Please enjoy this month’s ‘enlightened’ poem.

My legacy –
What will it be?
Flowers in spring,
The cuckoo in summer,
And the crimson maples

Of autumn …

Ryokan (1758-1831)
Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf, p.143
Vertaling: John Stevens

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