Someone who is unfazed by
by the wind,
by the snow or the summer sun.
Who is sound of body,
wants nothing for himself,
who never gives in to anger,
is always smiling quietly within.
Someone who eats eight bowls of brown rice a day,
simple farmers’ fare,
a bowl of miso soup and a vegetable or two.
In all things
never takes himself into account,
learns by watching and listening to others,
He lives in a thatched hut in a meadow in the shadow
of a pine grove,
if there is a sick child in the east,
to care for that child.
And if there is a mother overwhelmed by work in the
to carry her bundles of rice.
If someone is dying in the south,
and says there is nothing to fear.
If there is a dispute or lawsuit in the north,
and says to stop being petty.
And when there is a drought, he sheds tears.
And when there is a cold spell in summer,
paces anxiously back and forth.
Someone who is known far and wide as a dreamer
is not a nuisance to anyone either ...