Sunday, January 10, 2010


"Too lazy to be ambitious,
I let the world take care of itself.
Ten days worth of rice in my bag;
a bundle of twigs by the fireplace.
Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?
Listening to the night rain on my roof,
I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out."
                                 ---Ryokan, trans. Stephen Mitchell

My life is the opposite of this poem at the moment, but reading it is like a mental hot bath.  Aaah.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes. Very soothing. A 30 second trip to Tokyo. Thank uou.