Ikkyū

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CANCEL ALL DEBTS
Robbers never strike at the homes of the poor;
Private wealth does not benefit the entire
           nation.
Calamity has its source in the accumulated
           riches of a few,
People who lose their souls for ten thousand
           coins.
~~~
The Basics Never Change, as evidenced by this from Wild Ways, Zen Poems by Ikkyū (Translated by John Stevens, White Pine Press), who died in 1481 at the age of 87. D. Dorworth
Ikkyū was an eccentric, iconoclastic Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and poet. He had a great impact on the infusion of Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals.

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