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Buddha's Birthday Poem  

Given April 2, 1994

A true person
leaps into the world
takes seven steps in each direction
"Only I am holy."
Un Mun's foul mouth
Cries "Mistake!"

Still, 2538 birthday candles
Have already burned up
Buddha, Un Mun,
and the whole world of
desire, anger, and stupidity.
Was your birth
a mistake, too?

HO!

Blowing out the candles
a big wish for all beings
Happy Buddha's Birthday to you!


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