If you don’t read sutras when you’re young

Chinese woodblock print, 1633, Hu Zhengyan from the Huntington Library

If you don’t read sutras when you’re young
you won’t know what they mean when you’re older
you won’t know a million doorways
are all inside the square inch of your mind
indulging all day in desire and hate
how often do you think about life and death
one day illness or old age will surprise you
remorse then will be too late

Stonehouse, translated by Red Pine

from The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse, commentary and translated by Red Pine, 2014

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