Wednesday, June 25, 2008

You Do Not Need Many Things - Ryokan

My house is buried in the deepest recess of the forest. Every year, ivy vines grow longer than the year before. Undisturbed by the affairs of the world I live at ease, Woodsmen's singing rarely reaching me through the trees. While the sun stays in the sky, I mend my torn clothes and facing the moon, I read holy texts aloud to myself. Let me drop a word of advice for believers of my faith. To enjoy life's immensity, you do not need many things. -Taigu Ryokan (1758-1831) Sent via BlackBerry by AT

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