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The Lotus

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Burrowing within mud,

Dirt overwhelms.

Soaring above water,

The lotus greets the eye.

Gentle waves of sweetness

Caress the senses.

Let us not complain of

Where life finds us.

Instead,

Let us reflect upon the heights

From which we see.

To a changed heart,

There is a changed world.

Reforming the inner eye,

The world

Changes.

Is it magic,

Or a beautiful illusion?

Have you grasped it?

And still,

Most marvelous

Is the Buddha’s mastery

Transforming

Birth, aging, sickness and death

Into bliss.

For this,

Dedicate your moments.

Pour forth your all.

Come!

Your journey

Awaits.

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

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  • symphorosa

    May the Buddha's mastery works on me, your blessing transforms all my sufferings into bliss and a solid aspiration for enlightenment. May I follow your footprints, your determination to eliminate the sufferings of all sentient beings and to dispel the darkness of samara.

  • 甘偉新

    真如老師此詩令我想起現學習因果道理。不要只看目前得到的結果,無論好與壞都要觀察了解全都是我們之前做的業。檢討及糾正現在所做嘅事,來生所感受的果就會像詩中所說,生長在完美嘅高度不住陷入泥土中。讚嘆佛法的完美教法。

  • Liz LAM

    I am so fortunate to have a chance to learn Buddha's teachings from the Master and my dearest teacher, so that I can stand on the shoulders of giants and look at the world. Thank you teacher for reminding me to reform the inner eye, then I can change my heart and see the truth.

  • Jean Li

    Thank you for the beautiful translation, reminding me of Guru’s precious teachings and wisdom. “Let us not complain of Where life finds us. Instead, Let us reflect upon the heights From which we see.”

    May we follow the Guru to continuously elevate the heights of our perceptions and understanding.

  • 尤智蟻

    敬愛的恩師
    新年伊始,感恩您再度捎來關懷,好歡喜!
    感恩您總是在一切時處提醒自己正確的學習之路,於長夜中無停息、不棄捨、無厭倦的陪伴,如慈母養育愛子般,感動您對自己的深恩~
    感恩您出現在自己生命中,比我還珍惜我自己,怎能負您!發願要認真聽話,做一切能令您歡喜的事!
    在自己的旅程中,因為有您的等待與陪伴,我願意去做所有偉大嘗試,改變命運、華麗轉身!
    今年一定是一個非常吉祥平安的一年,因為有您。
    好想您!

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