Posts Tagged ‘Zen’

Chia Tao and a New Year

January 8, 2015 8 comments

The New Year has started, and it has been almost exactly a month since RT last posted. By way of explanation, he will say only that various transitions and plottings are afoot and have taken him away from his regular obligations and projects. More will be revealed as some of this work begins to bear fruit (which is to say, in the next post or two). Our distracted blogger’s first contribution of 2015 is his version of a poem by Chan Buddhist monk Jia Dao (old spelling, Chia Tao), 779-843 AD. Highly regarded during his life, JD is not now as well known as the small group of most famous T’ang poets that includes Du Fu and Bai Juyi; on the basis of the following poem, RT thinks this might be a mistake. JD seems to have combined a deep respect for natural process with indications of the intensity of his experience as a monk, linking his internal and external lives in unforgettable images.

Evening; Watching the Snow Stop


Clutching my staff, I watch the storm lift; 

hills and clouds braid tight, dissolve in dusk.

Woodcutters disappear into their cabins

as a weary sun drops to its bed.


And later: wildfire flowers in distant grass.

Tattered mist trailing; boulders, pine.

Hushed, I climb the monastery road—

night strikes the mountain like a bell.

Chia Tao/Jia Dao

version by Eric Quinn

copyright 2015, The Rag Tree

Photo: Tetons from Signal Mountain (1941); author, Ansel Adams. National Archives. Public Domain.   *


October 5, 2013 7 comments


structure and tension, meaning and motion: we are balanced between absolute truth and pure fluency. poetry.    RT

RT’s Related Posts: 1) Deer Sanctuary (Wang Wei); 2) Bamboo and Morning Glories 

Chinese Character: Qi (or as RT is familiar with it, Chi), meaning “natural energy” or “life force.” Author: Kbarends. WikiCmns; Public Domain.




October 2, 2013 3 comments


how wonderful…  RT





RT’s Related Posts: 1) Kite Flying in Gujarat

Bamboos & Morning Glories

July 1, 2013 1 comment

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something to help clear the mind… RT

RT’s Related Posts: 1) Deer Sanctuary (Wang Wei)


Image: Picture of Bamboos and Ivy Morning Glories (Xian’e Changchun Album; Q’ing Dynasty). WikiCmns; Public Domain.


Haiku #211

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restful thoughts…RT

(reposted from Old Broke Bones)


Haiku #211.


Painting: Still Life: Tea Set (1781-83). Jean-Etienne Liotard; Getty Center. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

Lily with the Bluebells

too sweet for words…enjoy!   RT

(reposted from cains captures)

Lily with the Bluebells.

Related RT Posts: 1) Window; 2) Hamish Mc Tat (who got lost and found all in one day).



homage to the great masters…  RT

(reposted from Nicepx)