Originally No Possession

Yutang Lin

Realized that originally no possession, it no longer matters much to lose.
Eventually will be parted, why need to grasp constantly and keep along.
Worrying about gains and losses, mind could hardly take a break leisure.
Seeing through impermanence, one likes to give things out for good uses.



Came without anything on, did not ever possess something. Once realized that originally no possession, any moment things may as well be lost. Will leave naked, all that one has will depart completely. Fighting desperately for gains and holdings, how long could it last? Greed wrapped the mind, sorrows incessant. Even though there are some gains that would only add to the burden. In tune with impermanence, remain even-minded to gains and losses. Constantly think of benefiting beings, cultivate meritorious deeds and give freely.

Written in Chinese and translated on June 15, 2004
El Cerrito, California

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