|Chuang Yen Monastery, Postcard Photo, The Buddhist Association of The United States|
August in Chuang Yen
Quietly the evening falls
through a leafy tree,
coolly a breeze blows,
the peaceful night comes with high glee.
A deep fullness hovers all around,
one guess is descending from other worlds;
the moon is a buoy, yellow and round,
to perfect stillness in the firmament.
Memories settle their own slime,
the pot-bellied jug full and wise:
it shall not be another Spring-time,
when accomplished is the holy life.
Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel, NY