Ryokan Poems

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Other Ryokan Poems

“Keep your heart clear
And transparent,
And you will
Never be bound.
A single disturbed thought
Creates ten thousand distractions.”

― Ryokan

Down in the village
the din of
flute and drum,
here deep in the mountain
everywhere the sound of the pines

- Ryokan

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“When all thoughts
Are exhausted
I slip into the woods
And gather
A pile of shepherd’s purse.

Like the little stream
Making its way
Through the mossy crevices
I, too, quietly
Turn clear and transparent.”

- Ryokan

 

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