Wednesday, 2 January 2013


Looking up to the example
That old sage handed down,
And considering what comes
Easily to my own nature,
I offered myself to this
Tranquil repose of dwelling,
And now nurture my lifework
In the drift of idleness.
Master Pan’s early awakening
Always humbled me,
And I was shamed by 
Master Shang’s old-age insight,
So with years and sickness
Both closing in upon me
I devoted myself to simplicity
And returned to it all,
Left that workaday life
For this wisdom of wandering,
For this wilderness of rivers and mountain clarity. 

 - Hsieh Ling-yun



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