Zen Poems: “You do not need many things” by Ryokan

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“You do not need many things”

My house is buried in the deepest recess of the forest
Every year, ivy vines grow longer than the year before.
Undisturbed by the affairs of the world I live at ease,
Woodsmen singing rarely reaching me through the trees.
While the sun stays in the sky, I mend my torn clothes
And facing the moon, I read holy texts aloud to myself.
Let me drop a word of advice for believers of my faith.
To enjoy life’s immensity, you do not need many things.

Ryokan

Tr. Nobuyuki Yuasa

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One Comment Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    This is how I have always felt,that we are just passing through!

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