A Letter to a Friend
May 17, 2015
Just as the wise venerate a statue of the Blissfully Gone (Buddha),
Even out of wood, regardless of how it’s been made;
Likewise, although this poetry of mine may be deficient,
please do not scorn it,
Since it’s based on expressions of the hallowed Dharma.
Although a profusion of the resonant words
of the Great Sage (Buddha)
May already have entered your heart,
Isn’t something made of limestone made even whiter
By the light of a winter’s moon?
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