Issue 31;

Chiyono & her Pail


Chiyono's Enlightenment poem,

By Chiyono

Chiyono's Enlightenment poem,


In this way and that I have tried to save

the old pail

Since the bamboo strip was  weakening and

about to break

Until at last the bottom fell out.

No more water in the pail!

No more moon in the water!

Chiyono or Mugai Nyodai (1223 – 1298 CE) was the first Zen abbess and the first female Zen master in the world

-    Zen Flesh, Zen Bones,  1957, Translated by Paul Reps and Nyogen Zenzaki Chiyono's Enlightenment poem,



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