First Spring Day

To understand that there is nothing to attain
is the Great Attainment.
To understand that there is nothing to renounce
is renunciation.
To feel the ecstatic overflow of emptiness
is fulfillment.
To apprehend the radiance of nothing
is Knowledge.
These are not principles of mystical philosophy.
They are tremors of my amazement
as I gaze into an apple blossom
on the first Spring day.



Photo: blossoms on a hillside near my home