Couldn't Help but to Respect

Yutang Lin

Each one's choices of action or inaction
Determined the evolution of one's fate
And subsequent reception of consequences
That others could not take over

Not listening to repeated advices
Listening to but would not follow
To these others could not help
But to let one be on one's own
But to respect each one's choice of one's own fate

Aptitude, propensity, capacity and scope of views
Background, environment and experiences encountered
All together tied one down to every details
To become emancipated, to transcend the worldly bounds
Surely easier said than done

And hence the salvation of all beings through Dharma is
Boundless and limitless
And also endless
While the compassionate feelings in a Dharma practitioner
Ever growing without fading

Written in Chinese on November 14, 2009
Translated on November 16, 2009
El Cerrito, California

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