Nothing to Gain

Yutang Lin


Wherever there is gain and loss, one is trapped in nets of thoughts.
Neither gain nor loss involved, that is the original state of matters.
Nowhere to apply any efforts is what transcends the worldly realms.
The Heart Sutra clearly indicates: there is neither wisdom nor gain.


As one pursues enlightenment one should realize that originally there is neither gain nor loss. With intentions to gain or obtain, one already fell into entanglements. Not to mention pondering over what has been gained and what has been lost. Where thoughts cannot reach there is original harmony naturally matched. When the realization is keen and genuine, all sentient beings are simply the same.

Written in Chinese and translated on February 23, 2006
El Cerrito, California

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