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One Ripped Net
        Saicho 767-822

With a ripped net
        you can't catch birds,
With one or two sects
        how can you draw water*?

* save humanity
 
Yī Mù Zhī Luó
Zuìchéng 767-822

Yī mù zhī luó bùnéng dé niǎo,
Yi liǎng zhī zōng hézú pǔ jí.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
After returning to Japan from studying of Tiandai Buddhism on Tiantaishan in today's Zhejiang Province, Saicho founded the Tendai Sect of Buddhism in Japan. The Tendai sect gathered all the diverse sects to create on all encompassing Buddhism.

 
 
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