The Empty Boat Zen Hermitage

The Other Shore is not so distant,
And the raft is none other
Than your arms and legs!
From the beach, Siddhartha
Stepped into the shallows,
Waded out into the open Sea,
Took a breath and dove:
Down, and down, touches
The Ocean floor. Luminous.
Swimming up, he breaks the surface
And exhales. Wading to the beach,
Stepping from the shallows –
This is the Other Shore!
All in a single breath.

-Jing Shen

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