Chiao Jan : Inscribed on the Wall of the Hut by the Lake

Chiao Jan (730 – 700 CE) was a Tang dynasty Chinese student of Taoism, who became a Buddhist monk at the age of forty. He followed the Chan school, and in time became the abbot of Miaoxi Temple.

If you want to be a mountain dweller…
no need to trek to India to find a mountain…
I’ve got a thousand peaks
to pick from, right here in this lake.
Fragrant grasses, white clouds,
to hold me here.
What holds you there,

Translation J.P. Seaton

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