Understanding Worldly Suffering

Yutang Lin

Bitter tastes of worldly affairs learned only through involvement;
Clouds of worries and sorrows engulf people into deep confusion.
Fortunately following Buddha's words to engage only in services,
Staying away from arguments and competitions to foster sincerity.


As people step ever deeper into worldly matters none has been spared some bitter tastes. How many sentient beings are there, who are besieged in fortresses of worries? It is fortunate for one to have encountered the Buddhist teachings and to practice accordingly. Simply cultivate making offerings and contributions, and stay away from arguing and competing. In cultivation of sincerity there is natural peace, while propagation of the Dharma will gradually and ultimately benefit the world.

Written in Chinese and translated on June 4, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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