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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.