Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ikkyū ~

before birth after birth

that's where you are now

it's logical: if you're not going anywhere

any road is the right one

rain hail snow ice

I love watching the river

only one koan matters


rain drips from the roof lip

loneliness sounds like that


Crow With No Mouth
Fifteenth Century Zen Master
versions by Stephen Berg
Copper Canyon 2000

Ikkyū  was born in 1394 in a small suburb of Kyoto,
he could sometimes be a troublemaker.