Leaves fall

where no green earth remains:
a person at his ease,
wears a plain, white robe.

With simplicity and plainness
his original nature still,
what need to practice
“calming of the heart.”

– Chia-Tao (779-843)
The Clouds Should Know Me By Now, 1998, p. 26
Translated by Mike O’Connor

Categorized as Zen

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