Daily Lectio Divina: 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

Episode 385

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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