Admonition : As Greeting

As an unconventional Chinese New Year greeting, above is a simple calligraphic piece of ‘Samantabhadra Bodhisattva’s Admonition for the Masses’ (普贤菩萨警众偈) with a new translation below. I hope the strokes highlight a sense of fragility, transience, urgency, focus and determination, which are qualities mentioned in the verse.



当勤精进,  如救头燃;

This day has just passed, and life has shortened accordingly;
Like fish with lesser water, what joy is there?
Endeavour with diligence now, as if extinguishing a fire on your head;
Be mindful of impermanence, and beware of laxity!

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