Ryokan: Poet of Ordinary Happiness

Today’s begging is finished: at a crossroads
I wander by the side of the Buddhist Shrine
Talking with some children.
Last year a foolish monk.
This year, no change!
(tr: John Stevens)
discovered in Jack Kornfield’s After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
For a good year, insert what ever it is you do for ‘monk’.
The above crossroads were discovered at The Bohemian this season by the Fantastic Group of Mothers and Daughters from St. Michael’s. They get it.

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