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STARS AND CLOUDS
by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Miao Guang

I love the starry sky at nighttime
And the fluttering clouds of the day
Sparks of starlight extend the boundaries of light
The masses of clouds tell us the freedom in life

No matter what kind of night we see
No matter what kind of day we face There will always be stars in the sky
There will always be clouds

The shining moon cannot always be full
Only the stars will be forever bright
Shining and glittering high forever in the sky
The masses of clouds tell us the freedom in life

Blue skies cannot always be clear
The warm sun will not leave its stay
Only clouds, they will not be halted

── from Bainian Foyuan (Buddhist Affinities Across 100 Years)