Kompendium 12 | 2013 – First There is a Mountain
Eg Jørgensen, red.
Forlaget Space Poetry
There is Mountain is a song by Donovan, released in 1967.
The lyrics refer to a Buddhism saying originally formulated by Qingyuan Weixin, later translated by D. T. Suzuki un his Essays in Zen Buddhism, Qingyuan writes:
»Before I had studied Chan for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and rivers as rivers. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and rivers are not rivers. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it’s just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and rivers once again as rivers.«