teachings of the buddha

buddha ©papa osmubal

buddha ©papa osmubal


teachings of the buddha

li sen

                           translated by wang hao and steve schroeder

study endless sutras, scan ageless prayer flags
wash the stained root of wisdom, too much knowledge
for a latecomer’s basket to bear
use a basket to measure the sea
too late, for others have made the basket
he will use it still to measure the sea
but the sea is immeasurable
still, the book says to measure the sea in a basket
Buddha’s teaching boundless, boundless the sea
the key is a latecomer bound
to use a basket to measure the sea
bound to die, joy and sadness mingling
because at least he has a basket

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