Sitting alone in peace before these cliffs

by Han-shan (Cold Mountain)

English version by Arthur Tobias, James Sanford and J.P. Seaton
Original Language Chinese

Sitting alone in peace before these cliffs
the full moon is heaven's beacon
the ten thousand things are all reflections
the moon originally has no light
wide open the spirit of itself is pure
hold fast to the void realize its subtle mystery
look at the moon like this
this moon that is the heart's pivot

-- from The View From Cold Mountain, Translated by J. P. Seaton / Translated by Arthur Tobias

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