Discard Early

Yutang Lin

With interest and leisure things might be treasured;
Lack of energy or usage anything can be discarded.
Burdened by accumulation, open clarity is obscure.
Expel worldly views early to help attain awakening.


The value of things varies with feelings and situations. Accumulation of useless items forms a mental burden. Sort and clean out now and then to give body and mind some open clarity. That practitioners should clean up all sorts of grasping is for a similar reason.

Written in Chinese and translated on March 30, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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