The Monkey Is Reaching: Zen Master Hakuin Gives Us a Pointer

Monkey Reaching for The Moon - Ohara Koson



The monkey is reaching
for the moon in the water.
Until death overtakes him
he’ll never give up.
If he’d let go of the branch and
disappear in the deep pool,
the whole world would shine

with dazzling pureness.

Hakuin Ekaku

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