By Stephen Mitchell
An anthology of poetry selected from the world's nice non secular and literary traditions--the ideal spouse to the bestselling Tao Te Ching.
• The Upanishads • The publication of Psalms • Lao-tzu • The Bhagavad Gita • Chuang-tzu • The Odes of Solomon • Seng-ts'an • Han-shan • Li Po • Tu Fu • Layman P'ang • Kukai • Tung-shan • Symeon the hot Theologian • Izumi Shikibu • Su Tung-p'o • Hildegard of Bingen • Francis of Assisi • Wu-men • Dõgen • Rumi • Mechthild of Magdeburg • Dante • Kabir Mirabai • William Shakespeare • George Herbert • Bunan • Gensei • Angelus Silesius • Thomas Traherne • Basho • William Blake • Ryõkan • Issa • Ghalib • Bibi Hayati • Wait Whitman • Emily Dickinson • Gerard Manley Hopkins • Uvavnuk • nameless Navaho • W. B. Yeats • Antonio Machado • Rainer Maria Rilke • Wallace Stevens • D.H. Lawrence • Robinson Jeffers •
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Such sacred treasures are the limbs of boys, within which a soul doth reside; Their organizèd joints and azure veins extra wealth contain than all of the international comprises. From dirt I upward thrust, And out of not anything now wakeful; those brighter areas which salute mine eyes a present from God I take. The earth, the seas, the sunshine, the day, the skies, The sunlight and stars are mine; if these I prize. very long time prior to I in my mother’s womb used to be born, A God getting ready did this wonderful shop, the area for me enhance. Into this Eden so divine and reasonable, So vast and brilliant, I come, his son and inheritor. A stranger right here unusual issues doth meet, unusual glories see; unusual treasures lodged during this reasonable international look, unusual all, and new to me. yet that they mine may be, who not anything used to be, That strangest is of all, but dropped at move. BASHŌ (1644-1694) outdated pond, frog jumps in— splash. Translated by means of Micheal Katz notwithstanding I’m in Kyoto, while the cuckoo sings I lengthy for Kyoto. Translated by way of John Tarrant WILLIAM BLAKE (1757-1827) to work out an international in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, carry Infinity within the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. ETERNITY He who binds to himself a pleasure Does the winged existence ruin. yet he who kisses the enjoyment because it flies Lives in eternity’s sunlight upward thrust. RYŌKAN (1758-1831) First days of spring—the sky is brilliant blue, the sunlight large and hot. Everything’s turning eco-friendly. sporting my monk’s bowl, I stroll to the village to beg for my day-by-day meal. the youngsters spot me on the temple gate and fortunately crowd round, dragging at my palms until I cease. I positioned my bowl on a white rock, dangle my bag on a department. First we braid grasses and play tug-of-war, then we take turns making a song and retaining a kick-ball within the air: I kick the ball they usually sing, they kick and that i sing. Time is forgotten, the hours fly. humans passing by means of aspect at me and snigger: “Why are you appearing like one of these idiot? ” I nod my head and don’t resolution. i'll say whatever, yet why? do you need to grasp what’s in my center? From the start of time: simply this! simply this! In all ten instructions of the universe, there's just one fact. once we see sincerely, the nice teachings are an analogous. What can ever be misplaced? What could be attained? If we reach anything, it was once there from the start of time. If we lose anything, it-is hiding someplace close to us. glance: this ball in my pocket: are you able to see how necessary it's? Too lazy to be bold, I permit the realm look after itself. Ten days’ worthy of rice in my bag; a package deal of twigs by way of the hearth. Why chatter approximately myth and enlightenment? hearing the evening rain on my roof, I take a seat conveniently, with either legs stretched out. ISSA(1763-1827) the fellow pulling radishes pointed the best way with a radish. Translated through Robert Hass within the cherry blossom’s coloration there’s no such factor as a stranger. Flying out from the nice Buddha’s nostril: a swallow. CHALIP (1797-1869) For the raindrop, pleasure is in coming into the river— insufferable soreness turns into its personal medication.