In the midst of a pine forest
through the roots of the trees
the waters gathered
to form a raging torrent
bound by fire-formed rock.
Through this forest
at summer’s end
strolled three friends, Daoist priest Lu Xiujing, Confucian poet Tao Yuanming and Buddhist monk Huiyuan.
Huiyuan, a recluse, had vowed never to leave the temple grounds they wandered.
His vow included the crossing of the raging torrent of Tiger Glen.
Preoccupied by their conversation Lu and Tao Cross Tiger Glen
Huiyuan followed his friends
over the raging torrent.
Tiger Glen is the border Huiyuan vowed never to cross.
In crossing Tiger Glen Huiyuan leaves the temple and breaks his vow.
As soon as they realized what had happened, the men burst into laughter at the absurdity of this transgression.
These are my photographs of Morgan Garden of the Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell Campus.
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