Shohaku Okumura

‘ “Each sense and every field
Interact and do not interact;
When interacting, they also merge –
Otherwise, they remain in their own states.” (Sandokai)

Each line in the original Chinese poem consists of five Chinese characters. In these four lines Shitou uses only fifteen different Chinese characters, fifteen words to express the whole of reality. This is incredible to me. I could write a book about these four lines.’

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