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You Do Not Need Many Things

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You Do Not Need Many Things

- Taigu Ryōkan (1758 - 1831)

  • My house is buried in the deepest recess of the forest
  • Every year, ivy vines grow longer than the year before.
  • Undisturbed by the affairs of the world I live at ease,
  • Woodmen’s singing rarely reaching me through the trees.
  • While the sun stays in the sky, I mend my torn clothes
  • And facing the moon, I read holy texts aloud to myself.
  • Let me drop a word of advice for believers of my faith.
  • To enjoy life’s immensity, you do not need many things.