A Buddhist Journal

September 13, 2006

No Dead End – 行到水窮處

In China, water flow represents wealth. People wishes their money
can flow into their bank account like how water continuously flow that
you can hardly stop it.

When someone is suffering, struggling and runs out all resouces in
his life, there is a Chinese proverb to describe such situation as
“山窮水盡 ” (bared mountain with the water ends).

However, there is a famous and inspiring Chinese poem that tells you
how to change your vision.and convert your mind toward more optimistic.
We have to realize that the sufferings are impermenent. There is no
Dead End in managing our life.  The cause of suffering is dependent
arising and is conditioned, therefore it will end one day. We will be
happy if we can be free from the causes of suffering.

A similar saying in western, “if you are on the bottom of vally, you are
actually on a starting point ready to climb up to the peak of a mountain”.




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Strolling along the stream,
all the way up to its end,
Where I sit down and
It is the great moment I enjoy watching

the clouds (of hope) begin to rise from around me.

—–Zen Poem from Wang Wei (699-761)——-

To be free from the cause of all kinds of sufferings, we need to trace
back to the root of cause and realize what was wrong with it. We can
only change the effect when root cause is freed and removed.

When we are strolling along the stream and searching its water source
all the way up to its end stressfully and hopelessly. There is no Dead End
because at the same time we can observe that the clouds of hope actually
begin to rise from around us. This poem inspires us thast we can manage
our life to be in a way with more peacefully and happily.

In the middle of your strolling, try your walking meditation.
A wonderful experience is shared here for Zen practitioner:



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