Shiwu : It’s something no one can force

Shiwu (1272–1352 CE) was a Chinese Chan monk and poet. At the age of forty, he left the monastery where he had studied, and went to live as a hermit on the slopes of Xiamu mountain. Here he wrote his ‘mountain poems’ – 184 verses describing inner and outer aspects of his solitary life.

It’s something no on can force
besides knowing it’s there there’s nothing to know
the moon shines bright above the flowering plum
but who can look past the blossoms

Translation Red Pine

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