The Train Departed

Yutang Lin

One's own grasping
Is very difficult to be realized by oneself

What others said
Or statements made according to the Dharma
Could hardly be readily acceptable
Wouldn't that be too cold-blooded
Wouldn't that cause others pain
All sorts of questions just kept turning up

The train departed
Whoever failed to catch it had to stay behind
Whatever forgot to bring along had to be done without
Could it be up to you

Mind's eye open and wide, could see
All move on like flood spreading
And would not keep murmuring inside

Still trapped within the self-knitted net of thoughts
Even when already flown into the great ocean
Would still be tied up with enumerating details of the source

Written in Chinese and translated on January 18, 2008
El Cerrito, California

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