A spiritual treasure map
The rich wisdom found in Chinese religious and spiritual traditions is not just a treasure of the past. Let us re-discover and illuminate what China has to offer to the global spiritual quest of the modern world.
Will there be clouds and foggy days?
Nearby the big banquet table will there be a big banquet kitchen
And a place to chat over cups of coffee?
Will a chair stand overlooked in the antechamber
Where I can sit alone with nobody watching?
And will I find in a corner an umbrella
Just in case the weather gets rainy?
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Bûcheron, dépose ta hache sous l'arbre de minuit
Et offre un siège ému à l'enfant de l'Esprit
Vois enfin la sève brassée avec la cendre, et le monde en sou neuf
Dévaster l'astre ancien des faubourgs et des temples
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