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in praise of love

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Every day, priests minutely examine the Law
And endlessly chant complicated sutras.
Before doing that, though, they should learn
How to read the love letters sent by the wind
and rain, the snow and moon. 

source: Ikkyu Sojun (1394-1481) in Arutzen, S. (1987). (trans). Ikkyu and the Crazy Cloud anthology: a Zen poet of medieval Japan. University of Tokyo Press; posted at Poetry-Chaikhana.com; image: The earliest sample of a dated printed book is 16 feet in length and was published in China 868 AD. The depicted Diamond Sutra is so named because it is said to “cut like a diamond blade through worldly delusions to reveal what is real and everlasting” www.chinaartspage.com.

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