Jan 21, 2010
Jay Rinsen Weik leads a retreat workshop at the Toledo Zen Center
on January 25, 2009.
On the fifth day after the rise of spring,
Everywhere the season's gracious attitudes!
The white sun gradually lengthening its course;
The blue-gray clouds hanging as though they would fall.
The last icicle breaking into splinters of jade;
The new stems marshalling red sprouts.
The things I meet are full of gladness:
It is not only I who love the spring.
To welcome the flowers, I stand in the back garden;
To enjoy the sunlight, I sit under the front eaves.
Yet still in my heart, there lingers one regret:
Soon I shall part with the flame of my red stove!
For more information about the Toledo Zen Center, please visit toledozen.org.