Seven apertures open,
Producing myriad species.

The infinite reality is a single whole,
Always present in daily activities;
Creation after creation,
Transformation after transformiation,
Hundreds and thousands of workings —
None of them are beyond
This present mortal being

— Daochun Li, 13th century
In ‘The Book of Balance and Harmony’,
translated by Thomas Cleary,
published 1989.

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