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SMALL HOTEL
by Lin Ching-hsuan (1953 - )
English translation: Fo Guang Shan Tsung Lin University

The many memories in life are like a series of small hotels, which we pass by like galloping horses. Every time we glance back, the happenings of the past are like hotels that become smaller and smaller, and leave us for good. All the happiness and grief, calmness and excitement, as well as all successes and failures remain. When the evening comes, we would then have to lodge in another small hotel.


PARTING CAN ALSO BE MAGNIFICENT

How fortunate that there is parting in life. To those who gain happiness through gathering, parting is good for it transforms all lovesick tears into pleasant crystals.

To those who suffer from gathering, it would be better to part; it is like seeing the vast sky when the fog and clouds have faded away.

Sometimes the disappearance of causes and conditions can be something in life to look forward to for those who live in suffering.


WITH DEEP EMOTIONS, EVERYTHING BECOMES DEEP

We need to walk lightly and live mindfully. We need to breathe gently and care for others tenderly. We need to think deeply and be immensely compassionate. We need to cherish every tree and every blade of grass. We need to tread the earth as if in fear of causing it pain. These are all ways of cultivation.

── from Lin Qingxuan Sanwen Ji (Essays by Lin Ching-Hsuan)