Sunday, December 30, 2007
On the Occasion of the Death of Inindo Sensei, Winter 1938
One note of the shakuhachi
piercing the winter clouds
Fuyugumo no totoki kagiri kakure keri
— Soen Nakagawa Roshi (1907-1984)
from the book Endless Vow: the zen path of Soen Nakagawa. Introduction by Eido T. Shimano, compiled and translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi & Roko Sherry Chayat (Shambala, 1996)
This is reprinted as a review of the book, which does not need any further review than an example of the one of the book's many poems.