Shugen Sensei

Love in the Ocean of Anxiety

Featured in Mountain Record 32.1, Fall 2013

Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei is the abbot and director of operations of Zen Mountain Monastery.

A Barroom View of Love
by Hafiz
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

I would not want all my words
To parade around this world
In pretty costumes,

So I will tell you something
Of the Barroom view of Love.

Love is grabbing hold of the Great Lion’s mane
And wrestling and rolling deep into Existence

While the Beloved gets rough
And begins to maul you alive.

True Love, my dear,
Is putting an ironclad grip upon

The sore, swollen balls
Of a Divine Rogue Elephant

And not having the good fortune to Die!