Responding in Harmony

Yutang Lin

Having premeditated responses is already in tangles.
Free from grudges, only then is clarity and evenness.
Accommodate to situations to avoid futile exertions.
Out of empathy to suffering respond in compassion.


As soon as there is intention to respond in certain ways one is already in tangles, being deluded without self-awareness to such delusion. No longer blaming circumstances or others, only then will mind be clear and even. No matter how one's situation has changed never fall into complaining so as to avoid waste of time and energy. Having compassion for sentient beings' constant and incessant suffering, one's responses are all out of merciful sympathy.

Written in Chinese and translated on December 4, 2005
El Cerrito, California

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