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365 Days for Travelers

4/16: LISTENING TO THE RAIN
Tune: The Beautiful Lady Yu

Jiang Jie (1245 - 1301, Song Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

In my youth,
I listened to the rain from inside the brothel;
In the dim light of the red candle, the bed curtain.

In my prime,
I listened to the rain from a passenger boat;
The river was wide and clouds low,
Stray wild geese howling, in the west wind.

Now,
I listen to the rain from inside the monastery;
My temple hairs, already covered in white!

Always cruel are life’s moments of
sadness, joy, separation, and union;
So just allow the drops of rain to tap on the steps,
until dawn breaks.

── from Zhushan Ci (Lyrics of Zhushan)

RELUCTANT TO PART
Tune: Tang Ditty

Wu Wenying (1200 - 1260, Song Dynasty)
English translation: John Balcom

Where has the character for worries come from?
Those departing have the mind of autumn.

Though it does not rain,
one hears the wind through the plantains.
They all say that the nights are cool,
and the weather is fine.

The moon is bright,
But I fear ascending the tower.

In my dreams, the years and happenings stop,
There are no flowers, the misty river flows.

The swallows bid adieu,
But the guest remains.

The weeping willows have not encircled and held him fast,
Still, long, long,
Has the boat remained docked.

── from Hua’an Cixuan Xuji
(Sequel of Selected Verses from the Flower Hut)

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INSPIRATION


Recorded by Leann Moore         0:16

Words of praise are like perfume:
even a small drop
     will fill the air all around.
The voice of admonishment is like
     a majestic bell:
even a small toll
     will shake the world.

Dharma Instruments

Venerable Master Hsing Yun grants voices to the objects of daily monastic life to tell their stories in this collection of first-person narratives.

Sutras Chanting

The Medicine Buddha SutraMedicine Buddha, the Buddha of healing in Chinese Buddhism, is believed to cure all suffering (both physical and mental) of sentient beings. The Medicine Buddha Sutra is commonly chanted and recited in Buddhist monasteries, and the Medicine Buddha’s twelve great vows are widely praised.

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