Waka on the Lotus Sutra (Dogen)

Constantly listening to the Dharma

All night long

All through the day –

The Dharma Way.

This Sutra becomes

The whole of my heart.


The Mountain Monkey proclaims the Dharma

The murmuring of the valley stream,

The monkey screeching on the peak

Sound just like the excellent

Expounding, re-expounding

Of this Sutra.


Nothing Valueless

Gaining this Sutra’s heart

Even the racket of worldly trade

Becomes the Dharma’s voice.

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