A virtuous man when alone loves the quiet
of the mountains.
A wise man in nature enjoys the purity
One must not be suspicious of the fool who
takes pleasure in mountains and streams,
But rather measure how well he sharpens
his spirit by them.
Muso Soseki was a 14th century Japanese Zen master, poet, and calligrapher. Today he is probably best known for developing the art of traditional Japanese Zen gardening.
To pursue his meditative practice he resorted to remote places in nature, but was often summoned back to court where his advice was sought by officials, and even by the emperor himself.
Muso was instrumental in the formation of the Five Mountain System network of Zen temples which became centres of learning and the arts, and had a long-lasting influence on Japanese culture.
In the realm of True Purity, there is no such thing as self or other.
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