Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

You Stop To Point At The Moon In The Sky - Poem by Taigu Ryokan

You stop to point at the moon in the sky,
but the finger's blind unless the moon is shining.

One moon, one careless finger pointing --
are these two things or one?

The question is a pointer guiding
a novice from ignorance thick as fog.

Look deeper. The mystery calls and calls:
No moon, no finger -- nothing there at all.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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