Not to Cause Displeasure

Yutang Lin

Intending to provide merciful help, yet such ability still lacking.
Learn, at first, not to cause displeasure in beings encountered.
Always yield, be tolerant, and humble one's voice and attitude.
As selfless outlook imbued deep, merciful feelings permeated.


Responding to other beings as occasions arise, try not to cause displeasure in them. Scolding is to be received as teachings, while angers absorbed in silence. Not yet time to convert and guide, practice tolerance for now. Always accommodate to others' preferences, thus one's grasping unnoticeably diminished. Being merciful as to others' entangled predicament, one feels that one's own emancipation lacks much joy. First try not to add suffering, and then endeavor to increase happiness to beings.

Written in Chinese on April 20, 2004
Translated on April 21, 2004
El Cerrito, California

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