Monday, January 26, 2009

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Happy New Year of a Bullish Market to Everyone! Fat Choy, Fat Choy!


Bryan said...

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

I miss receiving Lai See from my Aunt in Hong Kong.

aneglakya said...

Sister Stone: I reflect that the young lady died of her passionate grieving for the flowers, and so today I have picked a sprig of flowering apricot to present before her in a consecrated vase.

(She makes obeisance before the spirit tablet)

IIIb In purified vase
under cold spring sun
set one last spray of apricot
its waxen blooms still red

. . .

Celebrants: Tell us, revered teacher, what is represented by the consecrated vase, and what by the sprig of apricot?

Sister Stone: Within the hollow of this vase
is held the mortal world
while her poor self
just like this fading apricot,
watered but rootless,
still brings a fragrance to our senses.'

Celebrants: Young lady, may you accept this offering and find
cool balm for your flesh,
sweet fragrance for your soul;
if you will return to mortal world
cannot this sprig of apricot
serve as your canopy?

from "The Peony Pavilion" (牡丹亭) by Tang Xianzu (汤显祖), 16th century

. . . and so, my New Year's wish, that our tea - 'watered but rootless, still brings a fragrance to our senses'

~ 柯瑞安

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