Facing juncture of life and death is like confronting tsunami;
Worldly views instantaneously become insubstantial bubbles.
Practice early to gain solid strength and plan for safe passage;
Don't chase after people's idle talks and waste this trip of life.
At the juncture of life and death one's situation is like consumed under a huge wave; worldly views and considerations all evaporated away like bubbles perished. Recognize this matter which is unavoidable, and seek safe passage early; just practice according to Dharma, and pay no attention to idle talks.
Written in Chinese on January 3, 2004
Translated on January 17, 2004
El Cerrito, California