Even if you consume as many books
As the sands of the Ganges
It is not as good as really catching
One verse of Zen.
If you want the secret of Buddhism,
Here it is: Everything is in the Heart!
from the book Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryokan
translated by John Stevens
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Further quotes from the book Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf:
- The moonlight comes and goes
- I now surrender
- This world
- Deep in the mountain
- I must go there today
- Unspoken meaning