Circle of Living

Yutang Lin

Prosperous or declining is superficial;
Within the circle worries are rampant.
How many have leisure of mind to try
Transcendence toward boundary-less?


Commenting on the turns of prosperity and recession would in the final analysis be just a superficial matter. Whatever the circumstances each one lives within a certain circle. Worries and entanglements within circles are mostly similar. How many people have a transcendent mind that stays leisure and innocent? It further requires the guidance of wisdom to enlarge this circle to all places and times beyond all boundaries. Originally there were no such circles; how could it be impossible to dissolve them?

Written in Chinese on May 7, 2001
Translated on May 8, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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