Oriori no Uta : Poems for All Seasons

Load Buddha is everywhere but

alas! ―invisible

In the silent dawn

I see him faintly in a dream

Rōjin Hisyō

For centuries one of the best loved Buddhist lyric songs. It is a musical expression of the teaching of the Lotus Sutra, which was especially valued by the Tendai sect. The Buddha is eternal and unchanging, but ordinary people cannot seehim when they worship, which creates in them an even greater sense of awe. One dawn, however, after a long night of intense prayer, the Buddha reveals his form faintly ina dream. To believers in the Heian period, there was nothing at all unusual about this kind of dream revelation.


hotoke ha tune ni imasedomo


utsutsu naranuzo awarenaru


hito no oto senu akatsuki ni honokani yume ni mie tamau