by Mark Chmiel
The following was written about Japanese Zen Master Ryōkan by a friend…
When Ryōkan visits it is as if spring had come on a dark winter’s day. His character is pure and he is free of duplicity and guile. Ryōkan resembles one of the immortals of ancient literature and religion. He radiates warmth and compassion. He never gets angry, and will not listen to criticism of others. Mere contact with him brings out the best in people.