Strong Quakes

Yutang Lin

Shocking news broke of quakes flattening villages;
Thousands of people buried alive in only moments.
Thoughts grasped are too subtle to clean up wholly,
Only after awakened by such a blow to be given up.


Northern Afghanistan recently had several strong earthquakes that had buried thousands of people. Empathizing with their situation that such calamity could fall upon them at any instant one realizes that the habitual continuous thoughts of daily life are indeed illusive grasping. Following this sudden realization one may renounce completely one remaining grasping to thoughts.

Written in Chinese on March 26, 2002
Translated on March 27, 2002
El Cerrito, California

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