Taigu Ryokan Poems
- I Watch People In The World I watch people in the world ...
- Too Lazy To Be Ambitious Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the...
- Have You Forgotten Me have you forgotten me or lost the path...
- Blending With The Wind Blending with the wind, Snow falls; ...
- Dreams in this dream world we doze and talk of dreams ...
- Rise Above you must rise above the gloomy clouds covering ...
- My Legacy My legacy -- What will it be? Flowers in ...
Ryōkan was born in the village of Izumozaki in Echigo Province (now Niigata Prefecture) in Japan to the village headman. He renounced the world at an early age to train at nearby Sōtō Zen temple Kōshōji, refusing to meet with or accept charity from his family. Once the Zen master Kokusen visited the temple, and Ryōkan was deeply impressed with his demeanor. He ... more »
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I Watch People In The World
I watch people in the world
Throw away their lives lusting after things,
Never able to satisfy their desires,
Falling into deeper despair
And torturing themselves.
Even if they get what they want
How long will they be able to enjoy it?
For one heavenly pleasure
They suffer ten torments of hell,
Binding themselves more firmly to the grindstone.
Such people are like monkeys
Frantically grasping for the moon in the water
And then falling into a whirlpool.
How endlessly those caught up in the floating world suffer.
Despite myself, I fret over...