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Transactions with the World

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Dansui describes an independent person:

Even for the Emperor
He will not lift his hat:
Unmoving scarecrow.

Bodhidharma moved or not, according to the dictates of his own nature:

The heavy leaf
Falls of its own will
On this silent windless day.
                                           —
Boncho

Boncho's autumn leaf moves in response to the condition of its own cells, not waiting to be blown by the next wind that comes along.

Basho's skylark is similarly inner-directed:

The skylark
Sings in the field:
Free of all things.