Could Not Be Helped

Yutang Lin

Sudden thunder in sunny day, frost on top of snow,
Piteous situations in the world could not be helped.
Artificial maneuvers are limited, rely on mind pure;
Beyond human power all depend on Buddha's help.


Daily I pray for many sentient beings. Hence I have learned deeply the pain and suffering in the world. Sudden changes in life are often unpredictable. All kinds of maneuvers and planning are just creating inconveniences without real effects. Situations as they are, are mostly could not be helped, and people could only swallow them even though they are painful. Where human endeavors could not reach, on our own part, we can rely only on our purity of mind, and in addition, we can only pray to Buddhas and gods for compassionate help.

Written in Chinese and translated on June 2, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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