Saturday, May 06, 2006

Room Without Walls

A stream carved in rock
flows into a lake
in a valley.

A monk is in the valley.
Tree cloaked ridges
surround the valley.

He stays in a temple.
The temple is on the lake.
Floating on the lake.

He lives in a room in the temple.
The room has no walls.
The room has a door.

When he enters the room
without walls,
he uses the door.

When he wants
to be alone,
he closes the door.

A visitor can follow
the path by the stream
into the valley.

On the shore is a rowboat.
The visitor can row
to the temple on the lake.

When a visitor enters,
the monk opens the door,
comes out, and makes tea.


At 10:53 PM, Blogger bhima said...

Good movie eh? I quite enjoyed it myself. Although, I don't know if I ever fully grasped the significance of the missing walls.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Madhava Gosh said...

Another Korean movie buff! Yes, this was written after seeing "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring".

The lack of walls I took as the acknowledgemnt that we are not independent of Krishna. Respecting a space as if it had walls, even when it didn't, shows how much we need cultural conventions to have a peaceful society, even if they aren't the ultimate goal.

I was, needless to say, impressed by the movie.


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