Mystical Experience of Ryushu Shutaku

Ryushu Shutaku (1308 – 1388) was a Japanese Zen priest and poet of Nanzen-ji Temple in Kyoto.

The following poem by Shutaku describes his mystical experience:

Mind set free in the Dharma-realm,
I sit at the moon-filled window
Watching the mountains with my ears,
Hearing the stream with open eyes.
Each molecule preaches perfect law,
Each moment chants true sutra:
The most fleeting thought is timeless,
A single hair’s enough to stir the sea.

Quoted by Andrew Harvey from The Essential Mystics: The Soul’s Journey Into Truth.

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