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Poetry

Lodging At Rising Dragon Temple

By Qi Wu-Qian
Translated from Chinese by Jeffrey Yang
Fragrant night shrine incense                          Forgot
to go home                  Pine balm        ancient temple
door                Bright lamplight from the abbot’s room
Beads bind the bhikkhus’ robes                         White
Sun teaches    purity of heart                   Utpala Blue
Lotus reveals the secrets of dharma                 No end
to flowers falling from Heaven          Birds        every-
where           everywhere        fly away with beaks full

 

English
Fragrant night shrine incense                          Forgot
to go home                  Pine balm        ancient temple
door                Bright lamplight from the abbot’s room
Beads bind the bhikkhus’ robes                         White
Sun teaches    purity of heart                   Utpala Blue
Lotus reveals the secrets of dharma                 No end
to flowers falling from Heaven          Birds        every-
where           everywhere        fly away with beaks full

 

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