simply the place

October 26th, 2016

The poet has come to set these things first of all: to lift up his eyes and see the mountains; to lower them and listen to the stream; to look about him at bamboos, willows, clouds, and rocks, from morn till nightfall. One night’s lodging brings rest to the body; two nights give peace to the heart; after three nights the drooping and depressed no longer know either trouble. If one asked the reason, the answer is simply—the place.

Po Chu-i (772-846)






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  1. From 846 and still quite like today

    Comment by Bill — October 27, 2016 @ 3:28 am

  2. Thank you dear Maezen, for sharing this . . . right now especially, my heart is heavy with what is happening to our beloved country . . . you remind me that there is always a place of rest and peace to retreat to – even in a corner of one’s own home . . . for one or two or three nights, or even for one or two or three minutes. I return the blessings and love to you that you continually send out to us all. Namaste.

    Comment by Elizabeth Gore — October 27, 2016 @ 11:24 am

  3. I love you, EJ.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — October 27, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

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