February 18 2014 parkway 068

The realms of good fortune and calamity

in human life are all made

of thoughts and imaginings.

Therefore Buddhists say

that the burning of desire for gain

is itself a pit of fire,

while drowning in greedy love

is itself a bitter sea.

The moment thoughts are pure,

fierce flames become a pond;

the moment you become aware,

the boat has arrived on the further shore.

If your thoughts vary at all,

your world will immediately differ,

so can we not be careful?

Huanchu Daoren

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014