November 08th, 2023

I’ve lived in this hermitage
How long I don’t know;
Deep and secret and
Without obstructions,
Heaven and earth meet
Like box and cover:
There’s no turning toward
Or turning away.

I do not stay in the east, west,
South or north;
The jewel tower and the jade palace
Do not stand opposite me.
I do not take guidelines from
Bodhidharma as a model
As the light shines freely through
Eighty four thousand gates.

T’aego (1301-1382)