Look deeper ~ Ryokan

You stop to point at the moon in the sky,
but the finger’s blind unless the moon is shining.

One moon, one careless finger pointing –
are these two things or one?

The question is a pointer guiding
a novice from ignorance thick as fog.

Look deeper. The mystery calls and calls:
No moon, no finger – nothing there at all.


Ryokan

from the book The Poetry of Zen

translated by Sam Hamill



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