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A Moment of Serenity

The light purple curtain—

Fabric falling in delicate folds

The rose patterned wallpaper

Flowers clustered around the white window

Looking out of the small frame

Radiant in the spring

Is a pond of clear water

The setting sun gently scatters

And yet

It still reflects golden waves

The wind softly strolls by—

Footsteps wrinkling the scene

Its soft elegance

Endlessly

Vacillating

The pond smiles tenderly

In the exquisite sunset

Like a gilded body of water

Full of liquid gold

So saturated it permeates

This world and

This heart

The green forest lines the shore

On the banks where the slender grasses grow

The evening sun shines

The world becomes quiet

Standing for a moment

Even worries and sadness are silent

Background

Written by editors

A Moment of Serenity

The little fortunes in life make us settle for the moment. Yet, the changes of impermanence often catch us off guard. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the globe since 2020, along threats by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods and wars. Amidst these mishaps, Zhen Ru composes the poem A Moment of Serenity. This seemingly tranquil and elegant life journal is in fact an unyielding exploration of the perspectives of life.

Zhen Ru cares about the future of the world and the happiness of all living beings. She has deep empathy for distressed souls nearby and afar, and often ponders on the possible options we have in face of adversities: what else can we choose other than just feeling depressed and gloomy? A change of thought would create a different scenery; a change of thought would bring a different life. Quietly read A Moment of Serenity, let us move away from the turmoil and open the window of our heart to kindness, gratitude, confidence and courage, and discover the meaning of positivity and happiness in ordinary things.

Zhen Ru once said: All human beings at some point experience trials of tribulations and sufferings. Some choose to sink in pain, while others choose to rise from it. In a seemingly desperate hardship, our thoughts are hope per se. Lets lift our spirits, take responsibility for our own lives, work hard for the happiness of others and become a messenger of happiness!

Background

Written by editors

A Moment of Serenity

The little fortunes in life make us settle for the moment. Yet, the changes of impermanence often catch us off guard. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the globe since 2020, along threats by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods and wars. Amidst these mishaps, Zhen Ru composes the poem A Moment of Serenity. This seemingly tranquil and elegant life journal is in fact an unyielding exploration of the perspectives of life.

Zhen Ru cares about the future of the world and the happiness of all living beings. She has deep empathy for distressed souls nearby and afar, and often ponders on the possible options we have in face of adversities: what else can we choose other than just feeling depressed and gloomy? A change of thought would create a different scenery; a change of thought would bring a different life. Quietly read A Moment of Serenity, let us move away from the turmoil and open the window of our heart to kindness, gratitude, confidence and courage, and discover the meaning of positivity and happiness in ordinary things.

Zhen Ru once said: All human beings at some point experience trials of tribulations and sufferings. Some choose to sink in pain, while others choose to rise from it. In a seemingly desperate hardship, our thoughts are hope per se. Lets lift our spirits, take responsibility for our own lives, work hard for the happiness of others and become a messenger of happiness!

Translated by Amrita Translation Foundation
Author: Zhen-Ru
Translator: Kacy Lin
Editors: Ven. Heather, Ven. Sabrina, Ven. Joanna, Ven. Elena, Ven. Tina, Lori Wu, Jingli Wang

Illustration: S.H. Wu, Cindee

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  • Jinmei

    May the troubled world be cloaked in the great compassion of my dearest teacher! May every distressed soul, soothed and blessed by my dearest teacher, obtain serenity and insight in the quickest way! Thank you, my dearest teacher, for your beautiful message!

  • Graham

    It seems like light has been changing to shadow in front of our eyes.

    Thank you for your wonderful words.

  • Liz LAM

    The words translated to a warm and glorious scenery in my heart. It is filled with deep tranquility and power that cleanse the soul. Thank you for the great poem.