Learning to Forget

Yutang Lin

Upon death all would disperse like fading fogs,
Nevertheless past events kept recurring in mind.
Incessant comparisons incur self-torture painful.
One rather clean mind by learning to forget soon.


What to grasp and what to compare, 'tis mostly up to people themselves. Worldly situations are like buildings in mirage, clinging to them amounts to self-torture in vain. Remaining days are not many, why suffer by continuing like this? Learn to forget about making comparisons soon, and Bodhi aspiration will sprout from a clear mind.

Written in Chinese and translated on July 15, 2006
El Cerrito, California

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