Relieving Suffering and Delivering Joy

Yutang Lin

Worldly entanglements could hardly be cleared out.
Haggling would only lock knitted eyebrows further.
With intention to relieve suffering and deliver joy,
Gloom is wiped out at once by the after-rain moon.


We Buddhists often talk about compassion, and yet are incapable of salvaging all sentient beings. Consequently we seem to have rendered such noble ideals into empty terms. In the face of worldly situations how could we be free from haggling and complaining? Activities born of compassion are either to relieve suffering or to deliver joy and happiness. If we could sustain such profound intentions, then in daily life we would have a guideline as to how to respond to situations and beings. Thus, we could save ourselves the sorrow of weighing personal interests and losses, and instead enjoy making altruistic contributions.

Written in Chinese and translated on March 28, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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