Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Dear Valeria,

I ascended on Fragrant Hill in the friendly season of spring.
Not discouraged I climbed to the peak and met the Golden Face;
Flowers shone bright rays and auspicious colors gleamed like a rainbow,
Incense smoke wafted like mist and a blessed light emanated.

Raindrops were like bubbles on jade bamboos at the edge of the big rock;
The blowing wind played a song among the green pines at the mountain pass.
In front of the Buddha in the temple I conducted the incense ceremony,
And on the way back I rode a Blue Dragon in the royal carriage.


Qubilai, known as Kublai Khan, 5th Emperor of all the Mongols

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