A verse in critique says:
At the end of the Eastern Han, many traitors arose.
Each utilized his skills
Trying to singlehandedly cover the sky.
Dong Zhuo saw his chance and seized political power.
He replaced the emperor with another,
Intending to lay his own hands on the throne.
Yet he died an unfortunate death.
At the end of the Eastern Han, many traitors arose. There were many treacherous warlords at the end of the Eastern Han period.
Each utilized his skills/ Trying to singlehandedly cover the sky. Each of them tried to use his scheming abilities to “cover the sky,” that is, to kill the emperor and take the throne for himself.
Dong Zhuo saw his chance and seized political power. Dong Zhuo thus took the opportunity and seized the power himself.
He replaced the emperor with another, / Intending to lay his own hands on the throne. / Yet he died without realizing his plan. He overthrew the emperor and seized the throne, but he was not destined to enjoy the power. He was killed by Lü Bu, and his corpse was burnt by the people, who hated him for his ruthlessness. It was said that Dong Zhuo weighed more than 300 pounds. How much fat and oil do you think was in his body? His corpse burnt for three days. Hence it was said that he died an unfortunate death.
Another verse says:
His chance success did not last long;
On the contrary, it brought his descendants painful deaths.
Dong Zhuo was sly and scheming, and so were his associates.
His unforgivable sins brought disaster to the country and its
And all that went to the grave with him was his lunacy and his
This fool was deluded and insatiably greedy.
The cycle of cause and effect will make him realize his mistakes.
His chance success did not last long. Dong Zhuo’s success in seizing power at any cost did not last long, for it was only by chance that he gained power which did not belong to him.
On the contrary, it brought his decedents painful deaths. This bad karma he sowed resulted in all his descendents’ painful deaths.
Dong Zhuo was sly and scheming, and so were his associates. Dong Zhuo was malicious and sly as a fox, and so were his associates. They made use of each other.
His unforgivable sins brought disaster to the country and its people. He brought chaos to the country and made the people suffer greatly, and such sins are unforgivable.
And all that went to the grave with him was his lunacy and his karma. He had behaved like a lunatic, and his karma would remain with him always.
This fool was deluded and insatiably greedy. His ignorance made him mistake wrong for right and vice versa. His insatiable greed resulted in his relentless seeking for wealth and fame, wanting to seize the throne at all costs.
The cycle of cause and effect will make him realize his mistakes. In the end, he will realize his mistake when he suffers the karmic effect of his own wrongdoings.
[The End of “A Critique of Dong Zhuo”]