Gathering of Conditions

Yutang Lin

Time of gathering of conditions is inconceivable;
One gradually comprehends only in reflection.
Seeds planted previously step by step encountered;
No longer demanding, all will fit naturally.


Last time when I left Taiwan for US I asked a Buddhist friend to mail some items for me to lighten my luggage. Recently they came around the time the newly printed books arrived. Among these are two cans of tea that were completely offered yesterday in the fire puja to the Heavenly King Vaisravana and the subsequent smoke puja. One can was offered by a friend who passed away two days ago; thus the tea was offered to pray for removal of his karmic hindrance. The other one was offered by a Buddhist who usually practices the ritual of Heavenly King Vaisravana; consequently his offering arrived just in time for the fire puja to this protector. Conditions gathered naturally in such a way that one could not help but be amazed. In ways inconceivable the time of gathering of conditions has its causal connections. If we relax our desiring and demanding on things to go in certain ways, then gradually we will be able to comprehend that the gathering and dispersing of conditions are causally directed. Thus, our understanding of "following the conditions" would reach a deeper level, namely: there are too many causal connections that are beyond our knowledge; therefore, in all matters we had better not to force our way through; instead, we rather go along with the natural operation of coming together and going away of causal conditions in the whole Dharmadhatu.

Written in Chinese on January 14, 2001
Translated on January 15, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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