Fundamental Choice

Yutang Lin

Limited by selfishness, no end to suffering;
Open and expanding, tranquility abides.
Turmoil and peace cycles in the world;
May wise root of a lifetime be chosen soon!


Let selfishness be the master, and yet circumstances are mostly uncontrollable; therefore, conflicts never cease and suffering has no end. Renounce selfishness and follow Buddha's teaching to live a life of universal equality and compassion, then tranquility would prevail in the openness of sky and expanse of ocean. Even though situations of the world are conditioned by the common trend to be fluctuant, at least some practitioners of the Buddhist teachings could still enjoy the view and mind of liberation. May those who have become awakened to the importance of this fundamental choice all make the wise choice soon so that they would grow steadily on the path of Bodhi.

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

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