Sentiments at Vase Offering

Yutang Lin

How speedy has time driven by!
How much more left is there still time?
Turmoil like a whirlpool;
In the end only bubbles!
Abiding in Bodhicitta,
Clarity blends with tender harmony.
Even though opportunities arise only occasionally;
The ferry of compassion is ever ready for everyone.


This morning offering of vases and releasing of lobsters into the ocean were performed. On route reflections flashed by as to the briefness of life, the coming and going of worldly events as bubbles, and the joy and peace of abiding in Bodhicitta. Guru Chen has entered Nirvana for over a decade now. I have continued his Dharma activities, and the number of vases offered went over one thousand today.

Written in Chinese: August 1, 1998
Translated: August 14, 1999
El Cerrito, California

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