Some may live in reclusion

only never renounce profusion

How to tell a true hermit from the false?

Just see whether they still hold on to forts.

If you have let go of curses and cares,

your mind will be as clear as crescent moon.

Completely at ease clinging no more

Unmoored to samsara; unbound by nirvana

Simply being nobody,

doing nothing,

what a leisure and blessing.

~ Translated from Han Shan (Cold Mountain)’s original work in the Tang dynasty




~ 寒山 (唐代)