Open Up the Shutters


“…on one occasion when an eminent traditional Buddhist priest boasted of his lineage, Nanao responded, “I need no lineage. I am desert rat.”

But for all his independence Nanao Sakaki carries the karma of Chungtzu, En-no-gyoja, Saigyo, Ikkyu, Basho, and Issa in his bindle.

His work or play in the world is to pull out nails, free seized nuts, break loose the rusted, open up the shutters.

You can put these poems in your shoes and walk a thousand miles.”

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