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Bamboo Shadows

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Bamboo shadows sweep the stairs
but no dust is stirred;
moonlight reaches to the bottom of the pond
but no trace is left in the water.

–Zenrinkushū

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Written by MattAndJojang

October 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm

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  1. I was about to be arrogant and say that’s not bamboo, until I looked deeper. A good lesson from this beautiful little verse. Thank you for sharing this Matt.

    Senan of Somerset

    Senan of Somerset

    October 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm

  2. Hi, Senan!

    Your reaction is not at all unusual.

    Zen poems and Zen sayings usually appear on the surface to be nonsensical or illogical. It’s not that the Zen poets and Zen masters would like to deliberately mystify their message, or that they would like to appear mysterious. It’s just that their poems and sayings are really expressions of a deep spiritual experience that, more often than not, can’t usually be described in words.

    But, for those of us who take the time to dig deeper and make the effort to understand, we realize that they’re quite insightful, and yield multiple layers of meaning and interpretation. And, if I may add, these poems have a certain grace and elegance, which I find beautiful, just like any piece of art.

    I’m happy that you liked it.

    Blessings,
    Matt

    PS

    Just realized you were talking about the photo. Yes, a cursory glance will reveal that the branch in the foreground is not bamboo. But if you look closer, the faded background are bamboos…

    MattAndJojang

    October 3, 2017 at 3:17 pm


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