Grasping to Forms

Yutang Lin

Luxury aroused criticism from worldly views;
Grandeur taken as measure of spiritual depths.
Ordained and yet still holds onto talks of form;
Buddha's boundless grace is uncomprehended.


Some monastery is luxurious, and has aroused much discussion and criticism. Unexpectedly, the reply asserts the grandeur as indicative of spiritual attainment. Talks based on grasping to forms are no different from worldly views. The Buddha compassionately taught that "one should raise intentions without abiding anywhere"; unfortunately, such teaching seems to be still beyond their reflection and comprehension.

Written in Chinese on April 16, 2003
Translated on April 17, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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