The "Ten Virtue of Incense" is a poem that expresses the benefits of incense in a straightforward and elegant manner by Huang Tingjian who is poet in the 11th century in China. It is said that it was later popularized by Ikkyu Sojun in Japan.
Incense burning sharpens the senses and opens the mind to divinity.
Incense burning cleans the mind.
Incense burning divests the mind of worldly impurities.
Incense burning wakes up the mind.
Incense burning brings a sense of peace and tranquility.
Incense burning soothes the mind when it is busy.
One cannot burn too much incense.
A little incense is enough.
Time has nothing to do with the efficacy of incense.
Habitual use of incense causes no harm.
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