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Ho Xuan Huong

(1772 - 1822 / Nghệ An Province)

Spring-Watching Pavilion


A gentle spring evening arrives
airily, unclouded by worldly dust.

Three times the bell tolls echoes like a wave.
We see heaven upside-down in sad puddles.

Love's vast sea cannot be emptied.
And springs of grace flow easily everywhere.

Where is nirvana?
Nirvana is here, nine times out of ten.

Submitted: Friday, April 16, 2010

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