Yutang Lin

Holding expectations, unexpected outcomes would turn out to be many.
Realizing impermanence sooner would ease acceptance of factual result.
Not to follow current events to remain in bewildering and besieging web.
All matters, upon looking back, would just end up as clouds and smokes.


Opinions and expectations render scope of outlook and mentality to be self-limited. Turning and winding of worldly events often do not follow expectations. Seasoned and matured, one patches up against wind or rain in turn. Situations before eyes are complicated and entangled beyond sorting. Looking back at matters past, success and failure all ended up as cloud and smoke. Not to follow deluded grasping lest confusion could never end. Seeing beyond worldly affairs, chant Buddha's name and make prostrations to Buddhas to attain lasting peace.

Written in Chinese and translated on May 5, 2004
El Cerrito, California

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