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  Gudo was the emperor's teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when he was on his way to Edo, the cultural and political center of the shogunate, he approached a little village named Takenaka.... continue...

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AN OLD MOUNTAIN MAN
The Old Mountain Man,
Eating fruit,,
Drinking stream,,
Dressing grass,
Wearing straws...
Sitting on
solid rock,
Lying down
on wind-bed,
Put the head
on cloud.
Watching rain
on the leaves,
Watching moon
on the peak.
Together
with lions,
Knowing not
if he is or is not.

Saying not
two nor one.
If two,
there will be
a duel to death.
If one,
there won't be
any else can live with.
And 'tis why
two and one
after all
must be dropped.

Knowing not
if there is
any way to heaven,
any way to hades.

Remembering
neither date nor what year.
And his age's
as old as space.

ChonTri


 



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