Qian Qi: Seeing a Japanese Bonze Off to Japan ~ 《送僧归日本》 钱起 with English Translations


《送僧归日本》 钱起


Seeing a Japanese Bonze Off to Japan
Qian Qi
For Buddhism’s sake you have come in this land to stay;
You seem to have voyaged dreamily along your way.
The boundless sea you crossed upsurges to the skies;
The vessel laden with Buddha’s teaching its way flies.
The moon and water know something Buddhism can lend;
To the chanted Sutra fish and dragons their ears bend.
That which we hold dear is the solitary light
From thousand and thousand li away shining bright.

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