Reply to Vice-
In later years seeking only tranquility
Ten thousand cares no longer touch my heart
Looking within, no plans and no ambitions
Empty of knowledge, return to the old woods again
Wind in the pines unties my robe
Mountain moon bright as I pluck the zither
You ask me the way to the ultimate truth—
The song of the fisherman reaches the distant shore
Wang Wei was friends with some of the founders of China’s
Ch’an school of Buddhism, known as Zen in Japan. The last line may be the first recorded example of a Zen koan:
of reference, and into a deeper meaning.
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