Temple of Eternal Light

by Muso Soseki

English version by W. S. Merwin
Original Language Japanese

The mountain range
     the stones in the water
          all are strange and rare
The beautiful landscape
     as we know
          belongs to those who are like it
The upper worlds
     the lower worlds
          originally are one thing
There is not a bit of dust
     there is only this still and full
          perfect enlightenment

-- from Sun at Midnight: Muso Soseki - Poems and Sermons, Translated by W. S. Merwin / Translated by Soiku Shigematsu

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