Yutang Lin

Superb blessings are occasionally encountered;
Inspirational favors are won by purity constant.
Trials of life are like waves never stop coming;
When led by self-interest all leave off gratitude.


In order to lead sentient beings advance on the path to enlightenment Buddhas and Bodhisattvas occasionally would grant inspirational events to encourage devoted practices. Nevertheless, such extraordinary favors are not regular events, and consequently Buddhists are apt to forget about them. Furthermore, some Buddhists even failed to ponder and appreciate how difficult and rare it were to obtain such inspirational blessings, and in time became negligent or skeptical. In addition, turnings of tides of life and considerations of gain and loss are constantly pressing on people. Consequently, as soon as ordinary Buddhists lean toward being led by self-interest, they all sink gradually into worldly matters. Floating up and down on the ocean of suffering, they had hardly a moment of leisure to reflect on themselves, not to mention the opportunity to think about Dharma practices.

Written in Chinese on August 23, 2001
Translated on August 26, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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