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One Robe, One Bowl by Ryōkan
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it was amazing
bookshelves: buddhism, literature, poetry, religion

This translation and introduction by John Stevens is highly recommended for its beauty. It is also a marvellous introduction to the way of living of the Japanese hermit-monk Ryokan

One example: after returning to his small hut - metaphor for clinging to his earthly ego? - Ryokan noticed that all was gone, he composed the haiku:

The thief left behind
the moon
At the window.

Another translation of this haiku:

The thief leaves behind,
the ever changeful Moon
at the firmament

Moon is often used to refer to Tao; it also indicates the firm belief of Ryokan.
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September 1, 1983 – Started Reading
December 15, 1983 – Finished Reading
July 28, 2015 – Shelved
July 28, 2015 – Shelved as: buddhism
July 28, 2015 – Shelved as: literature
July 28, 2015 – Shelved as: poetry
July 28, 2015 – Shelved as: religion

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