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Tag: Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu)

A Fisherman

Poet: Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu)

Studying texts and stiff meditation can make you lose your Original Mind.
A solitary tune by a fisherman, though, can be an invaluable treasure.
Dusk rain on the river,

I Hate Incense

Poet: Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu)

A master’s handiwork cannot be measured
But still priests wag their tongues explaining the “Way” and babbling about “Zen.”
This old monk has never cared for false piety
And my nose wrinkles at the dark smell of incense before the Buddha.