Outside the Cage

Yutang Lin

Inside the cell of self always found it so confined,
No chances to glance at open sky outside the cage.
Serving Buddha and beings for over twenty years,
Realized that compassion is without set boundary.


Indulged in self-centeredness, difficult to see beyond one's perspectives. Even though talked about limitlessness, personal comprehension is without a basis. Serving Buddhas and receiving beings without being delinquent, year after year and month over month ground self and relinquished grasping. Depth and width of compassion has not yet fathomed; fortunately have realized that it has nothing to do with individual limitations.

Written in Chinese on November 19, 2003
Translated on November 21, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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