Practice on the Occasion

Yutang Lin

The flow of all things changes from blink to blink;
Grasping and wishing add nothing but more sorrows.
Be it prosperous or destitute, fleeting life will soon pass;
Could events be grasped as occasions for enlightenment?


Realizing the reality of things being impermanent could help cease delusion and grasping. Life is fleeting; whatever the situation could one see it as an opportunity for practice and a fork of delusion and enlightenment? In the end prosperity and destitution both become irrelevant. Besides practicing purity of mind and compassion to all, where else could one find the meaning of life? Time flies and things flow with neither rest nor pause. Do not hesitate and let it pass in vain.

Written in Chinese: May 5, 1999
Translated: September 25, 1999
El Cerrito, California

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