The River of Lives

Yutang Lin

The great river of lives flows constantly on a grand scale,
With waves rising and twisting at liberty and at will.
Clear or muddy, high or low, recycling without ceasing,
Never is there a drop that could linger despite the stream.


Birth and death of sentient beings, motion and rest of lives are like the surging of a great river. Engaging in Dharma services is like a ferryman streaming down the river to render help constantly and unobtrusively. Thus the practitioner becomes part of the great river of lives, and is no longer bound by worldly considerations.

Written in Chinese: October 26, 1998
Translated: August 28, 1999
El Cerrito, California

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