Awaiting Mid-Autumn: The Best Season of Your Life

10th day of the 8th month of the dragon year – a busy buzzy sort of day running around delivering Mid-Autumn gifts to friends and associates.  Something new this year, we’re distributing fresh fruits and flower teas, not the usual fatty cakes!

Finally sitting down to my own cup of tea now and a quiet stare at the moon with Wumen Huikai‘s poetry for company.

Wumen Huikai, b. 1143-1217, was the  abbot of Longxiang Zen monastry. His name means, Wisdom Opens Without a  Gate. Below is his very wise poem about the best season in a life –

The moon in Autumn

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

What are the unnecessary things we can do better without? Do share. Leave a comment.

3 Responses to “Awaiting Mid-Autumn: The Best Season of Your Life”
  1. MC says:

    What a good reminder, thank you – must sift out and discard unnecessary things on a daily basis. I am truly enjoying the best season of my life – I wonder if one can really determine which IS the best season – they all have peaks and troughs

    • oddznns says:

      I guess what this poem is saying is that every season is the best season, even the troughs… so long as we maintain equilibrium. Do you have a favourite moon poem you’d like to share?

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