Kyohaku Courtyard Blues


 
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Sengai's painting inscribed with this poem

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仙崖 義梵







Kyohaku Courtyard Blues
        Sengai 1750-1837

I was born alone
I will die alone
In the interim
Dawn to dusk...
      alone 
 
Chù Báiyuàn Dújū
Xiānyá Yìfàn 1750-1837

Shēnglái dúzhī
Sǐqù dúzhī
Zhōngjiān zhī jū
Dànmù dúzhī
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
Now this is a Blues!

See the book Sengai, The Zen Master by Daisetz T Suzuki, New York Graphic Society, 1971

 
 
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