Amenimo Makezu (Unbeaten by Rain)

Amenimo Makezu (Unbeaten by Rain)

Postby Mr. G » Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:02 pm

I came across this poem that was reminiscent of some dohas to me at the Jodo Shu blog Japan: Life and Religion. Perhaps you'll enjoy this as I did.

It was written by a Japanese Buddhist poet named Kenji Miyazawa. Apparently he suffered from a disease called pleurisy his whole life, and was very devoted to the Lotus Sutra.

Amenimo Makezu (Unbeaten by Rain)
by Kenji Miyazawa

Unbeaten by rain
Unbeaten by wind
Neither by the snow nor the summer heat
Having a healthy body
Freed from greed
Never getting angry
Always smiling quietly
Having four cups of brown rice a day
With miso and a small amount of vegetables
Doing all things
Without calculating selfish ego
Seeing, asking, and understanding these things well
And not forgetting
In the shadow of the pine forest in the field
Living in a small thatched house
If there is a sick child in the east
Go and take care of him
If there is an exhausted mother in the west
Go and carry a bunch of rice stalks for her
If there is a man near death in the south
Go and tell him not to be afraid
If there is a fight and a court case in the north
Go and persuade them to stop it
because it is not worth it
Shedding tears on a scorching day
Walking with worry on a cool summer day
Being called a fool by everyone
Neither to be praised,
Nor to be worried
Such a person I want to be


Translated by Fujuwara Sensei, Vancouver Buddhist Temple
Source: Rev. Fujikawa, Vancouver
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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