Protecting Innocence

Yutang Lin

May innocent minds be well protected
From oppression that casts dark clouds,
Free from harmful prejudices and lures
To live in harmony, clarity and delight.


Bodhicitta vows are formulated in the light of Dharma teachings after one has gained some understanding through studies. As to my original intention before I gained such understanding, it was in accordance with Bodhicitta but not as broad and deep. It was simply a deep yearning that people with innocent mind could be free from oppression by force and lure of prejudices so that they might live a life of harmony, clarity and delight. Such a simple yearning was the basic drive that sent me into a life of Dharma practice and service; therefore, I record it here.

Written in Chinese and translated on May 2, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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