Just Do What’s To Be Done

A friend visited a monastery in China, and came across a monk who told her
that a couplet at a hall is invaluable. She copied it down and asked me to translate it.
Here it is:


When seeing what has to be done, just do it,
and thereafter let it go.
Understanding this clearly, what cannot be understood / ended?


Wisdom arises from awakening,
and awakening arises from being at ease.
Birth (life) to / after birth (life), there is still no birth [as one becomes liberated].

or better still… on second thought…

Wisdom arising from awakening,
and awakening arising from being at ease.
(An) arising after (another) arising,
there is still (ultimately) no arising.

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