Tuesday, April 05, 2005


If you don’t understand the way right before you, How will you know the path on which you walk? Patience is not a matter of far or near, But if you are confused, mountains and rivers block your way. I respectfully urge you who study the mystery, Don’t pass your days and nights in vain.

-- The Sandôkai

This is the last three verses of a text that is recited in Zen temples in Japan every morning. You can find the full text, annoted for chanting service here. It has a slightly different translation of the verses that I have posted.

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