Small Container

Yutang Lin

How could a small container sustain the great truth?
Grasping the view from within a well, sky confined.
Under the Buddhist label fallen into worldly fashion,
Remain deluded all one’s life not knowing repentance.


It is very difficult to transcend one’s capacity. Under the name of Dharma there are inevitably ignorant and self-righteous activities. Such lives would be passed in vain without ever reflecting on the mistakes made, not to mention considering repentance.

Written in Chinese on January 3, 2001
Translated on January 4, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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