Purify the Mind First

Yutang Lin

Impure thoughts always cause self-infliction,
Taking shape in behavior and speech, it hurts!
Locked up in prejudices, how to see through?
Chances to receive guidance, hard to come by.


Dubious thoughts arose in one's mind; it is difficult to see through one's prejudices. In cages without physical form one locked oneself; it is difficult to find a way out. Drew boundaries on the ground to limit oneself; it is difficult to stop haggling and complaints. Even at opportunities to receive guidance, it is too obtrusive to hear and swallow.

Written in Chinese on June 18, 2003
Translated on June 19, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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