Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Kozan Ichikyo's poem

Kozan Ichikyo, died February 12, 1360, at 77. A few days before his death, he called his pupils together, ordered them to bury him without ceremony, forbidding them to hold services in his memory. After writing this poem on the morning of his death, he lay down his brush and died sitting upright.
Empty-handed I entered
the world
Barefoot I leave it.
My coming, my going --
Two simple happenings
That got entangled.
          Like dew drops
          on a lotus leaf 
          I vanish.

Images copyright Boo Saville

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