Buddha Sitting in Silence

Yutang Lin

Without problems would not come to the Triple Gem Hall;
Donating one hair out of nine cows for offerings of oil and incense.
Once freed from troubles immediately forget the grace of salvation;
In leisure let loose feelings and desires to kindle new sorrows.
Beseeching fortunes and pacification only for self-centered interests;
Never reflect on one’s endless requests coming out of insatiable greed.
Great compassion takes into no account the mistakes of minors;
Year after year setting the example by remaining in eternal silence.


While looking at the statue of Buddha I became inspired to compose this one.

Written in Chinese: November 8, 1998
Translated: August 29, 1999
El Cerrito, California

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