Empty Mind

Yutang Lin

Preconceived bamboos would block one view;
Clear mind would mirror all phenomena exactly.
Self-righteous approach could not reach Buddha;
Empty-minded to receive what naturally there is.


As being hindered by prejudices the field of one view could not be open. Without attachment all phenomena would be encompassed. Being accustomed to self-righteousness, how could one resemble a Buddha? Empty-minded without abiding, originally ready-made.

Written in Chinese on July 22, 2001
Translated on August 3, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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