"Four Seasons Mandara"
The Four Seasons are holy.
Each contain the teaching.
It goes like this:
High winds and ice.
Freezing air tonight.
Skin aches for beams of Sun.
Just a drop of it would be healing.
Glossary for Poem
mandara - Japanese word for mandala
mandala: a circular design demonstrating wholeness of psyche and Nature
Ikkyū - refers to Ikkyū Sojun (1394-1481) a.k.a. self-named: "Crazy Cloud," an iconoclastic, renegade Zen master who began to cultivate a syncretic spirituality toward the end of his life that wove together principles of Zen Buddhism, Pure Land ideas, and primal ways of perceiving Nature. The excerpted verses cited above come from an ancient text called the Amida Hadaka, or Amida Stripped Bare (literally: "Naked Amida"), which debunks notions of "one-vehicle" Buddhist fundamentalism of his day. Put another way, in response to the questions of a troubled student, Ikkyū presents a cosmology that all forms of Buddhadharma are one and the same at their root. (The specific Amida Hadaka verses come from a translation in Zen-man Ikkyū, J. Sandford)