Every day, priests minutely examine the Law
And endlessly chant complicated sutras.
Before doing that, though, they should learn
How to read the love letters sent by the wind and rain,
the snow and moon.
Trans. Sonja Arntzen. From Ikkyu and the Crazy Cloud Anthology: A Zen Poet of Medieval Japan. University of Tokyo Press.
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