Mystic Bond

Yutang Lin

The Moon and the Earth
Incessantly circling around
Even though mechanics can explain it
Still it remains an inconceivable mystic bond

Among sentient beings
Became dear friends or arch enemies
United through blood or marriage, or no connection at all
All beyond individual preferences
Could not be controlled
Also mystic bonds in the great unknown
At best one could explain them in terms of generalizations of causal conditions

The ideal of Bodhi aspiration
In the framework of social life
As constituted by layers and circles of self-centered interests
Could hardly gather tightly together its faithful believers
And yet even among so many Dharma gates and lineages
Still it has taken shape
A Dharma lineage of mind and mind in unison but bodies here and there
Only because we have inspirational experiences in common
That rendered the ideal solid and reliable faith
And human life no longer a blind alley leading to senility, sickness and death
But a happy passage that constantly offers experiences of
Purity, growth and joy
Blessings from Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Gurus, and Protectors
Form the mystic bond that we shared in enjoying

Written in Chinese and translated on November 4, 2008
El Cerrito, California

-----Original Message-----
From: Yutang Lin []
Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 4:34 PM
To: Tara Nancy
Subject: Pun

In responding to my recent work, Mystic Bond, Tara Nancy expressed in an
email that she thought it was one of my best pieces.

Now in the style of the famous self-introduction from James Bond, the 007, I
offer the following lines:

Bond, Mystic Bond
Not shaken, but stirring

Toast to Bodhicitta!

This email is Bcc to all on my list.

May all beings attain Enlightenment soon!


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