SHORT ZEN POEMS: “Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn”

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“Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn”

 

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

from The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry, by Stephen Mitchell

by Wu Men Hui-k’ai

English version by Stephen Mitchell
Original Language Chinese

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