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Monday, May 27, 2019

In Place: An Album 30


Everything is within reach,
including the broom:
spring cleaning is quickly done
in a room that is eight by ten

When the old woman wants to read a book, she extends her arm; when she wants tea, she extends her arm. Pretentiousness? Contrivance? Of course! But the genuine is never absent; it's up to her to notice.

Progress is not a matter of far or near,
but if you are confused, mountains and rivers block your way.
-- Shitou, "Harmony of Difference and Equality" in Taishō shinshū daizōkyō (1924-33) reprinted in Hongzhi, Cultivating the Empty Field, 2000, tr. Leighton and Yi Wu

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