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Chinese poem illustration: 画 Painting by Wang Wei

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空即是色,色即是空(The universe is emptiness, the emptiness is the universe). Wang Wei, a true buddhist, stayed in the South Mountain and practise Buddhism in his late life, this poem is his comprehension as well as his explanation to Buddhism, to poetry, to painting and to life.

Wang Wei is the top master of music, painting and poetry in Tang dynasty, his masterpieces were the fusion of his three talents of music, painting and poetry, , embedded with the philosophy of Buddhism.

It is almost impossible to decipher this very strange poem, every sentence is a paradox , if without knowing Wang Wei and his life, without knowing a bit of Buddhism, 空即是色, 色即是空.


王维

远看山有色,
近听水无声。
春去花还在,
人来鸟不惊。

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