Ryokan: The Never-Despising

In the morning, bowing to all;
In the evening, bowing to all.
Respecting others is my only duty–
Hail to the Never-despising Bodhisattva.
In heaven and earth he stands alone.

A real monk
Needs
Only one thing–
a heart like
Never-despising Buddha.

–   Ryokan Taigu

Translated by John Stevens
Three Zen Masters, p. 128

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This poem comes from here: http://www.gardendigest.com/zen/quotes3.htm

The first pic comes from here: http://www.zen-road.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63&Itemid=46&lang=en

The second pic comes from here: http://jizo.free.fr/Jizo/ryokan/index.html

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