Straightening Thoughts

Yutang Lin

Seeing through the ill consequences of self-centeredness,
One thought involving oneself means already bewildered.
With pure mind contemplate often the suffering of beings,
Dedicate merits of Dharma practices equally to save all.


Thoughts that involve one's self are already astray from enlightened awakening. A Dharma practitioner should often contemplate the various sufferings of sentient beings, and dedicate the merits of Dharma practices equally to all beings in order to save them from such suffering.

Written in Chinese on December 8, 2000
Translated on December 10, 2000
El Cerrito, California

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