Safe Passage

Yutang Lin

None could constantly control the course of life;
Each grasps to some prejudice and dashes blind.
All matters of consequences will be faced alone;
Only by relying on a pure mind will one survive.


The enormous flux of worldly affairs has in reality no definitive control. And yet there is no lacking of blind blunders stemming from self-assurance or self-righteousness. Matters of real consequences would fall on one alone, without possibility of substitution. To go through the suffering of aging, disability, illness, and death, only a pure mind could remain peaceful. Realize this essential point early, and choose paths that are conducive to peace of mind.

Written in Chinese and translated on August 9, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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