We welcome the New Year and its brightness with the Spring Festival,
Permeated by great sounds of cheer.
With blessings and laughter,
We drink and eat and enjoy ourselves.
Humans with great hearts look at a world that is desolate and depressed.
They are careworn with worry.
They renounce comfort and pleasure and steel body and mind to the task.
They reject shallow solutions and cultivate true peace.
Others idle their lives away, not knowing how to control themselves.
They are buried by their blessings and end up in misery.
Such stories are repeated endlessly throughout history and
Fill us with dread and frighten us to the core.
We come into this world with the call to become extraordinary and courageous warriors,
And when we leave, we have accomplished this ultimate goal.
Our bodies and minds are stirred to act with fervor and commitment.
We dedicate ourselves to this task, dropping any sense of a giver or something given.
Bright spring pervades everywhere, inspiring the spring wind.
With great energy, spring blossoms into a smile
That spreads across ten thousand flowers—
Spring bursts forth in the countenance of the Bodhisattva.
Published by Chan Meditation Center NY 2009 here