Lights and Shadows

Yutang Lin

Despite the turning of circumstances mind remains peaceful,
Just as lights and shadows are dancing in the boundless sky.
Single-mindedly practiced Dharma for nearly three decades,
Living in worldly environments yet without any entanglement.


Changes in human affairs, looked upon as gathering and dispersing of causal conditions. Being free from distinction of one and others, single-mindedly think only of all sentient beings. Whatever the dancing patters of lights and shadows, the boundless sky remains clear and even. Deeply immersed in Dharma activities, living in the world without being polluted and yet even returned to purity.

Written in Chinese on May 31, 2004
Translated on June 5, 2004
El Cerrito, California

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