Boundless Harmony

Yutang Lin

Benevolence embraces compassion, joy and release.
Compassion is based on joy, release and benevolence.
Joy depends on benevolence, compassion and release.
Release all to attain joy, compassion and benevolence.


The Four Boundless Minds as taught in Buddhism may be described as benevolence, compassion, joy and release. (Here release means the releasing of all partiality.) Together they provide clear criteria for intentions and conducts that are appropriate to the cultivation of Bodhicitta. These four should be harmonized into oneness in order to achieve the intended goal. Upon careful reflection one would realize that any one of them is inseparable from and entails the rest. They support one another to form a complete whole. In benevolence there is naturally compassion, joy and release. Compassion is inseparable from joy, release and benevolence. The rest are similar.

Written in Chinese and translated on April 3, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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