Two Zen Meditations

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Zen Meditation on a Cool, Flowing Stream in Mid-Summer

(On Meditation)

Over the rocks, a cool river flows.

Yet, in stillness, it reflects the passing clouds

And trees swaying lightly when the wind blows.

When a bird drinks, it merely bats and eye.

Existential Thoughts on Nature

What flowers are these anyway?

They are growing things-just growing things.

What is their nature? What is their way?

Simply to be these growing things.

Why do the growing things all grow?

It is their way-and so they grow.


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