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- My whole life long I've sharpened my sword
And now, face to face with death
I unsheathe it, and lo -
The blade is broken -
- Japanese Death Poems. Compiled by Yoel Hoffmann. 2000. ISBN 978-0-8048-3179-6.
- Realize that the taste of tea and the taste of Zen are the same and absorb the wind in the pines. Then will your mind be undefiled.
- H. Paul Varley, Isao Kumakura. Tea in Japan: Essays on the History of Chanoyu. 1989. p. 62
Quotes about Dairin Soto
- Zen master Dairin Soto (1480-1568), founder of Nanshuji temple in Sakai, wrote [a verse] on a portrait of Takeno Jōō: Formerly, he maintained bonds to the unhindered cause of Amida Buddha's [Vow], Then changed schools and actively endeavored [in Zen].
- Chanoyu Quarterly, Nr. 53-56, 1988. p. 41
- Dairin Soto (1480-1568), ninetieth abbot of Daitokuji temple in Kyoto and founder of Nanshuji Temple in Sakai, wrote on a portrait of Takeno Jōō. Jōō practiced Zen under Dairin and received the layman's title Ikkan ~53 in 1549, at the age of forty-eight.
- J. Ikeda. Wind in the Pines: Classic Writings of the Way of Tea as a Buddhist Path. 1995