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When people begin their practice of seeking to attaining total Enlightenment, they ought to see, to perceive, to know, to understand, and to realize that all things and all spiritual truths are no-things, and, therefore, they ought not to conceive within their minds any arbitrary conceptions whatsoever ~ The Buddha (Diamond Sutra, Chapter 31)

Poem by Fujiwara no Mototoshi from Ogura (early 13th century "As dew promises / New life to the thirsty plant, / So did your vow to me / Yet the year has passed away, / And autumn has come again"