By Dennis Maloney, J. P. Seaton

New translations from chinese language Zen poets

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Leaning on his staff, The old monk relaxes . A solitary chamber — I read inscriptions here , Nearly make a title out , Brush the dappled moss . Self-Portrait at a Little Hermitage Monastery on Hsiu-ch'i Bamboo and tree s Wind round my hut : Pure, deep , hinting at more . Down below By the district tow n Mountain cliffs Reveal A monastery gate . Idle cranes Prolong their watergazing. Lazy bees sip flowers . Hungover , I can ' t open a book , Go hoeing In spring shade . Across the Huai delt a An occasional bell tolling .

Trees and gardens almost float , temples and towers swarm across the hill . A hundred miles of fishing boats, a thousand hidden homes . Visitors seldom come . Bittersweet, sitting zazen with the monks . SH (1025-M Ninety fragrant days of Sprin g the wandering bee delves the flowers . When all of that fragrance is safe in the hive , where do the petals fall ? JPS Su Tung-p'o T'ien-ho Templ e su Shah, 1037-10D Presented to Liu Ching-we n Lotus withered, no more umbrellas to the rai n A single branch, chrysanthemum stands against the fros t The good sights of the year : remember thos e and now too : citrons yellow, tangerines still green .

Pine winds sing, the evening villag e smells of grass, autumn in the air . JPs A lone bird roams down the sky . Clouds roll across the river . You want to know my name ? — a hill, a tree . An empty drifting boat . SH Sung 9G0-1278 Lin Ho-thing Mountain (965-1026 ) Valley Templ e Just getting Into the Zen Grove , I'm still less inclined to leave . Massed peaks and deep gorge s Circle a lofty cliff. Tower and terrac e Pierce into the col d Past cloud and vegetation . Bell and chim e Rap clearly Along creeks and rock , Lifting tea-trays , A boy takes them to clean .

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