Reading the sutras deep into the night,
I look up at the dark night sky,

Listen, all alone, to the cry
of the distant sea—

The 1,000 sutras, the 10,000 treatises,
all just waves blown in the wind.

Excerpted from FOR NIRVANA: 108 ZEN SIJO POEMS, © 2016, translated by Heinz Insu Fenkl. Reprinted with permission of Columbia University Press.


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