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Kenshin, a great general of the eighteenth century and a Zen adherent, wrote the following verses in both Chinese and Japanese: "Even a lifelong prosperity is but one cup of wine. A life of forty-nine years is passed in a dream; I know not what life is, nor death. Year in, year out--all but a dream. Both Heaven and Hell are left behind: I stand in the moonlight dawn, free from clouds of attachment."

-- Notebooks Category 24: The Peace within You > Chapter 3: Practise Detachment > # 237

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