A Buddist Retreat Behind Broken-Mountain Temple by Ch’ang Chien

In the pure morning, near the old temple,
Where early sunlight points the tree-tops,
My path has wound, through a sheltered hollow
Of boughs and flowers, to a Buddhist retreat.
Here birds are alive with mountain-light,
And the mind of man touches peace in a pool,
And a thousand sounds are quieted
By the breathing of a temple-bell.

translated by Witter Bynner & Kiang Kang-hu

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