In this episode of the guided lectio divina podcast, we’re continuing our series on the ancient form of Chinese poetry called shan-shui, or Rivers-and-Mountains, using selections from The Mountain Poems of Hsieh Ling-yun. Today we’re using a selection from “There are towering peaks on every side of my spirit’s true home atop Stone-Gate Mountain’s impossible crags, winding streams and rocky falls, thick forests and tall bamboo.”
Slant light igniting cliffs never lasts long,
and echoes vanish easily in forest depths:
letting go of sorrow returns us to wisdom,
seeing the inner pattern ends attachment.
…these aren’t things people understand:
I need to talk them over with a true sage.
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