Yutang Lin

Commenting on others' faults and shortcomings
And arguing about others' right or wrong
Basically are just moments of disturbance of one's own mind
As to the originally peaceful state of mind
  It is disturbed by grasping to outer impressions
As to the fact that beyond grasping nothing could disturb the mind
  It is indeed just a self-disturbance

Brief and transient days and hours
Fleeting health and strength
Meager mental capacities
  How much disturbance could be sustained
Not realizing this, self-disturbances will not come to rest
Once realized, one no longer wastes one's attentions

To reach peaceful and harmonious state of mind
Such wisdom is a must
To be able to renounce arguments and criticisms
So that matters cease and people remain at ease

Written in Chinese on October 22, 2009
Translated on October 23, 2009
El Cerrito, California

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