Minor Points

Yutang Lin

Caring for branches could hinder proper operation;
Violation on minor points easily leads to downfall.
Measured according to a ruler yields only utensils;
Liberation blooms after the absence of rigid views.


Not heeding to minor cases of principles could lead gradually to downfall. Haggling over lightweight matters would render it impossible to make progress on major steps. How should we decide on what to choose or discard, allow or forbid? Rules and norms may help shape utensils; nevertheless, the results could not go beyond set measures. Thorough liberation requires sweeping of mind until no threads of preconceptions are left. When the sweeping is well done mind will naturally become open and broad, and will merge with the Dharmadhatu into limitless oneness.

Written in Chinese on July 12, 2001
Translated on July 21, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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