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Author of this poem:

Zen Master Hsu Yun


What luck! The chance to practice the Supreme Dharma of Emptiness
Without fear of being invaded by the foolish affairs of outside life!

Set the time of sitting! Make it just as long as it takes one fragrant incense stick to burn down.
In that time we can thread the basic principles of Buddhism into a lovely string of pearls.
One by one those marvelous concepts came from the West
To encircle our hearts here in this Eastern Land.

Here in this Temple we touch these sacred pearls
And sing their praises like the sound of ocean waves.

Humming Bird
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