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Horse painting in Lang Pagoda, Hanoi

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陳時見







For Master Pu Ming of Anlang Temple
        Tran Thi Kien 1260-1330

Seeking refuge in seclusion
        no big deal,
Everyday practice at home
        that's the ticket!
Just today 
        meditating like this,
Stop blaming 
        the Chaozhou codger
                for your own problems!
 
Zèng Ānlǎngsì Pǔmíng Chánshī
Tran Thi Kien 1260?-1330? Chén Shíjiàn

Yǐn bù línquán zhēn Dàyǐn,
Xiū yū jiā sì jī1zhēn xiū.
Cǐ rí cānchán rú mèngjué,
Xiū jiāng wǎngshì guài Cháozhōu.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
Very little is known about the Vietnamese scholar-official Tran Thi Lien. Even the dates of his birth and death are not known. But he lived during the Tran Dynasty 1225-1400 and was appointed as a judge by King Tran Nahn Tong 1258-1308, who, with his father King Tran Thanh Tong 1240-1290, successfully fought of the Mongol invasions. His one poem here is his only known surviving poem.

 
 
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