Thin Stream

Yutang Lin

Thin stream flows continuously, not ever paused;
Relaxing in practices to sip the nectar of Dharma.
Bustling with sudden changes is of worldly types,
Unaware of self-deceit, rushing into misled paths.


To pursue the right and full enlightenment path one should possess the right views and a sincere dedication. Then one proceeds leisurely but goads oneself toward life-long devotion. It is like a thin stream that flows continuously; eventually the water will merge into rivers and oceans. Simple-minded, without devious views, slowly but without breaks, it will naturally linger and spread afar.

When compared with those who make temporary dashes, bustle for worldly recognition, and are good at switching, it becomes obvious that those who are unaware of their own self-deceit are rushing in the opposite direction of the right path.

Written in Chinese on April 24, 2003
Translated on April 27, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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