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  Anyone walking about Chinatowns in America with observe statues of a stout fellow carrying a linen sack. Chinese merchants call him Happy Chinaman or Laughing Buddha. This Hotei lived in the T'ang dynasty. He had no desire to call himself... 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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