Learning to Overlook

Yutang Lin

How long could one remain watchful to all details in life
When attention paid to certain matters, the rest must be overlooked
Staying alert on watching over all details would soon wear out one's mind
When it is passable, let it pass; what can be let go, let it go

Being too vigilant renders all sides heavily burdened
Seems rather smart, nevertheless wisdom shallow
Learn and practice to overlook, so all may become at ease
Even at a loss, the peace and harmony ensued is priceless

Being unobservant over trifles, seems stupid
Mind gained leisure, only then can one engage in Dharma practices
Once attainment realized, universal salvation will be everlasting
This life not wasted, only wise ones could achieve this

Written in Chinese on March 18, 2008
Translated on March 19, 2008
El Cerrito, California

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