ninth century meditations
“And now that I have come to be master of the house, I gaze up at the mountains, bend down to listen to the spring, look around at the trees and bamboos, the clouds and rocks, busy with them every minute from sunup to evening. Let one of them beckon and I follow it in spirit, happy with my surroundings, at peace within. One night here and my body is at rest, two nights and my mind is content, and after three nights I’m in a state of utter calm and forgetfulness.”
Po Chu-i | The Thatched Hall | 817
Pictured: Shen Zhou, Lofty Mount Lu, Ming Dynasty, 1467.