Saying Farewell at the Monastery after Hearing the Old Master Lecture on “Return to the Source”

By Gary Snyder b. 1930 Gary Snyder
At the last turn in the path
          “goodbye—”
          —bending, bowing,
       (moss and a bit of
          wild
             bird-)
down.
Daitoku-ji Monastery

Gary Snyder, "Saying Farewell at the Monastery after Hearing the Old Master Lecture on 'Return to the Source'" from Left Out in the Rain:New Poems 1947-1985. Copyright © 2005 by Gary Snyder.  Reprinted by permission of Counterpoint Press.

Source: No Nature: New and Selected Poems (Counterpoint Press, 1992)

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Poet Gary Snyder b. 1930

Subjects Activities, School & Learning, Religion, Buddhism

Occasions Farewells & Good Luck

Poetic Terms Haiku, Free Verse

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Gary Snyder began his career in the 1950s as a noted member of the “Beat Generation,” though he has since explored a wide range of social and spiritual matters in both poetry and prose. Snyder’s work blends physical reality and precise observations of nature with inner insight received primarily through the practice of Zen Buddhism. While Snyder has gained attention as a spokesman for the preservation of the natural world and . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, School & Learning, Religion, Buddhism

Poetic Terms Haiku, Free Verse

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