Learned Afterwards

Yutang Lin

Groping into the future unpredictable,
Expectations and wishes often shatter.
Believing in Buddha to track Dharma,
Realized blessing only in recollection.


One's future is hardly predictable. Ordinarily people's expectations and wishes are often not in accordance with their karmic dues and merits, and yet they are not aware of such discrepancy. Consequently people are disappointed often enough. Believing in Buddha's blessing one endeavors to engage in activities that would reduce karmic debts and increase merits in accordance with the Buddhist teachings, and practices tolerance of others and renunciation of attachments. As to what will happen to one's situation, one does not harbor expectations or wishes. In this way later when one reflected on what had happened one would then realize that Buddha had already helped provided the best possible arrangement that one could not have foreseen. That is the reason why experienced practitioners would often encourage novices by saying, "When something happens, don't worry. Devote yourself to practices, and leave the consequences in the hands of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas."

Written in Chinese on October 19, 2001
Translated on October 21, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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