Clusters of Suffering

Yutang Lin

Worldly paths are full of pitfalls causing easy fall;
Relying on straight mind to nip disasters in the bud.
Thick and sticky nets of karmas are hard to evade;
Only by Tara's blessing would all suffering remove.


Through months and years one gets to appreciate the thickness and gravity of clusters of suffering in the world. One slip could start a sequence of disasters. Maintaining a straight mind would readily nip ill matters in the bud. Nets of karmas that are woven by greed and attachments enwrap the world and glue sentient beings so that there is hardly any escape. Such universal, wide-spread and deeply-rooted suffering of beings could only be lightened and eradicated by the compassionate blessing of Guan Yin and Green Tara. No worldly approach would seem capable of such undertaking. As compassion for suffering sentient beings deepens the chanting of these holy names would turn even eagerer and more moving.

Written in Chinese and translated on March 27, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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