Flower Seed Sequence (1)


 
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Wooden clapper at 光孝寺 Guāngxiàosì, Guangzhou

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達摩







Flower Seed Sequence (1)
*****Bodhidharma

Originally I brought the soil,
Buddha's infinite compassion.
From this one blossom drop five seeds,
The result,  spontaneous combustion.
 
Huāzhǒng Yīliánchuàn
Wú běnlái zī tǔ,
Chuánfǎ dù mí qíng.
Yī huā kāi wǔ yè,
Jiéguǒ zìrán chéng.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
Chant of poem in Cantonese is by Howie Lan of UC Berkeley, recorded in a great Cantonese restaurant in San Francisco in January, 2005.

 
 
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