Clear or Muddy

Yutang Lin

Views propounded are so diverse; how to choose?
To accept or discard is up to individual judgment.
Reading it clears the mind, close to no attachment.
Full of opinionated views would add to confusion.


There are many diverse writings on Buddhist teachings or claiming to be such; how should we choose? To accept or discard certain views is a matter of personal judgment; it varies with individual level of understanding and taste, and is also a matter of opportunity and past connections. It could not be forced. Yet there is a simple way to differentiate these writings. Just glance through it a bit to see if the reading clears the mind or adds to confusion. Writings that are in accordance with the teaching of non-self would help clear the mind. Writings that are obsessed with self-centered opinions could render the reader to become even more confused.

Written in Chinese on July 13, 2001
Translated on July 21, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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