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The Moonlight

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The moonlight touches
The calm surface of the pond
On the temple grounds.


Written by MattAndJojang

November 28, 2019 at 9:14 am

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  1. A beautiful image, and resonant words.


    November 28, 2019 at 9:18 am

  2. Glad you liked it, Linda. In Zen,the moon is a metaphor for our True Self, and the calm water for enlightenment. In much the same way, that the calm water reflects the moon on a clear night, so does enlightenment, when our minds and hearts are unclouded with delusion and attachment, reveal our True Self…



    November 28, 2019 at 9:27 am

  3. I take a bottle of wine and I go drink it
    Among the flowers, we are always three
    Counting my shadow and my friend
    The shimmering moon
    Happily the moon knows nothing of drinking
    And my shadow is never thirsty, when I sing
    The moon listens to me in silence
    When I dance, my shadow dances too
    After all festivities the guests must depart
    This sadness I do not know
    When I go home, the moon goes with me
    And my shadow follows me

    Senan of Somerset

    November 30, 2019 at 3:05 pm

  4. Hi, Senan!


    Someone said that enlightenment is intimacy with all things. Reading your poem, I feel I could almost touch the moon.

    Thanks for sharing…




    December 1, 2019 at 3:22 pm

  5. Unfortunately I cannot take credit for the poem. I believe it is Li Bai a.k.a. Li Po, Li Bo (701-761].

    Senan of Somerset

    December 1, 2019 at 3:31 pm

  6. Oh, I see…

    I’ve read some of the poems of Li Po. But it’s the first time I came across the poem you shared.

    Li Po is one of the great Chinese Tang Dynasty poets. To my mind, he’s also a deeply enlightened person. This Li Po poem, for instance, has a deep Zen-like quality to it:

    The birds have vanished down the sky.
    Now the last cloud drains away.

    We sit together, the mountain and me,
    until only the mountain remains.

    Again, thanks for sharing…




    December 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm

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