Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn

by Wu Men (Hui-k'ai)

English version by Stephen Mitchell
Original Language Chinese

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

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

The flowers say it, the moon, the breeze, the snow. Each time we pause to notice the living world around us it blesses us and says--- May your mind be unclouded, and may every season be the best season of your life!



Recommended Books: Wu Men (Hui-k'ai)

The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry The Gateless Gate: The Wu-men Kuan The Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan The World: A Gateway: Commentaries on the Mumonkan





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