Fine to Be Alone

Yutang Lin

Fluctuating life is like floating duckweed;
Where could there be lasting companion?
Do not chase after forms and grasp them;
Original purity always prevails everywhere.


Peace of mind cannot depend on environment or preference because the course of one's life is like amid turbulent flows, one often finds oneself under uncontrollable circumstances. Only through adopting Dharma practices to maintain one's mind in a state of no-attachment to forms and no-grasping could one remain steadfast and calm in the original state of clear awareness even amid all sorts of unexpected sudden changes. The importance of such practices would become more and more obvious as senility, sickness and death approach. May all engage in Dharma practices right away and set up routine daily sessions lest one gets lost as matters arise.

Written in Chinese and translated on March 17, 2005
El Cerrito, California

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