TWO POEMS IN TRIBUTE TO THE CITY OF TEN THOUSAND BUDDHAS
by Upasaka Liu Kuo-chi
AMONG HUMANKIND WHERE'S HEAVEN TO BE FOUND?
*The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Professor Liu's comments on poem one:
Although our lives are transient dreams in which we see ourselves as fabulously wealthy emperors and kings, coming to the city o Ten Thousand Buddhas has given value to this evanescent dream of life.
IN THE CITY OF TEN THOUSAND BUDDHAS
TEN THOUSAND BUDDHAS ARE BORN
TEN THOUSAND RAYS OF LIGHT:
ITS HOMES ARE LIKE TEN THOUSAND LAMPS.
TEN THOUSAND MULTITUDES ARE ONE IN MIND,
TEN THOUSAND GENERATIONS' WORK GOES ON;
TEN THOUSAND NATIONS ALL ACCLAIM
TEN THOUSAND BUDDHAS' TOWN.
This second poem praises the city of Ten Thousand Buddhas. I used eight "Ten Thousands" in it. Ten Thousand Buddhas will appear in this city. The lights shining from all of the house make them look like lamps. Everyone will unite together to discharge the duties of the city, and not just for one, four, five, ten, a hundred years, but for ten thousand generations. In the world every nation takes the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas as its center.