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Monk in symbolic patched robe at Jingcisi, Hangzhou

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For The Abbot's Meditation Hall Of Twin Bamboo Temple
        Su Shi 1036-1101

You strike the dusk drum 
        ring the dawn Bell,
Behind closed doors
        sit alone on your hassack
                wrestle with demons.
Polk cold grey ashes
        bring to life a red flame,
Then lie down 
        listen xiao-xiao
                to snow brushing the window.

 
Shū Shuāngzhú Zhànshīfáng
Sū Shì 1036-1101

Mù gǔ cháo zhōng zì jīzhuàng,
Bìmén gū zhěn duì cán gāng.
Bái huī xuán bō tònghóng huǒ,
Wò tīng xiāoxiāo xuě dǎ chuāng.

 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
The 雙竹寺, Twin Bamboo Temple was the popular name for a temple named the 觀音寺 Guanyinsi in Hangzhou. We do not know its exact location.

 
 
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