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LOOKING FOR SPRING
by Wujin Zang (Years unknown, Tang Dynasty)
English translation: John Balcom

The whole day spent looking for spring but not seeing spring;
Straw sandals worn out on cloud-covered peaks.
Return to casually sniff the plum blossoms;
Spring is already fully on the branch tips.

── from Lengyanjing Zongtong (Mastering the School Tenets of the Shurangama Sutra)


ODE ON PEACH BLOSSOM ENLIGHTENMENT
by Lingyun Zhiqin (Years unknown, Tang Dynasty)
English translation: Sasha Lyapina

For thirty years I have searched for a swordsman,
Many times the leaves have fallen and budded again;
Ever since seeing peach blossoms,
Until now I have never doubted again.

── from Wudeng Huiyuan (Compendium of Five Lamps)


THE ORDINARY AS THE WAY
by Wumen Huikai (1183 - 1260, Song Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Hsi and Cherry Lai

Spring has its blossoms and autumn its moon,
Summer has its breezes and winter its snow;
If one has nothing to be concerned about,
Then any time is a good time in life.

── from Chanzong Wumen Guan (The Gateless Gate)


IMITATING THE CLASSICS
by Lianchi Zhuhong (1535 - 1615, Ming Dynasty)
English translation: You Zai

When one fears the frigid weather,
one always longs for the summer;
When one feels the scorching heat,
one repeatedly thinks of winter.
When illusory thoughts are eradicated,
one is able to settle anywhere.

── from Yunqi Fahui (Anthology of the Teachings of Yunqi)