March 30, 2010

Butterflies in Engaku-ji temple

A flower attracts a butterfly without any intention,
a butterfly floats to a flower without any intention,
a butterfly visits a flower when a flower opens, and
a flower opens when a butterfly visits a flower.

I do not know other people and
other people do not know me, but
all of us are following the law of the universe
without being aware of it.

(From the Chinese poems of Ryoukan, a prominent Japanese zen monk of the late Edo period)

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