Open or Not

Yutang Lin

Centers set up everywhere to receive disciples and followers,
Labeled as large and encompassing, and yet repels others.
Ceased all worldly engagements to practice solely the Dharma,
A recluse seems closed but with a mind free of enemies.


The principles guiding Buddhist practices are, as two sides of a coin complementing each other, no attachment and opening up. How would practices be truly in accordance with such principles is a matter requiring careful discrimination. No need to patch up appearances or hold on to formality. Only cultivation based upon sincerity and truthfulness would lead to realization and enjoyment of the fruits of the Dharma.

Written in Chinese: September 25, 1998
Translated: August 22, 1999
El Cerrito, California

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