No-greed surpasses charity

by P'ang Yun (Layman P'ang)

English version by Satyavayu
Original Language Chinese

No-greed surpasses charity.
No-delusion surpasses concentration.
No-ill will surpasses morality.
No-self-centered thinking surpasses cultivating connections.
I follow an ordinary person's affairs,
and at night sleep at ease.
In winter I use the fireplace
with the fire that's free of smoke.
I neither fear the dark spirit of misfortune,
nor seek after her sister good luck.
Trusting in the flow, what's needed comes.
We all ride together in the boat of wisdom --
if you have this understanding,
your merit has no bounds.

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No-greed surpasses