The Only Important Matter

Yutang Lin

Any instant one could die; what is the thing that matters?
Grasping is meaningless; they should be all swept away.
How much could one do to help benefit sentient beings?
Reveal the path to help them attain transcendence of self.


One could die at any instant; grasping is meaningless in this light. To be open-minded beyond life-and-death matters one needs to see through the vanity of grasping to the notion of a self. The key to Buddhist practices is to diminish grasping to self; a practitioner should be free from dualistic mentality among human relationships. The only way to thoroughly benefit sentient beings is to help them transcend their self-imposed limitations.

Written in Chinese and translated on October 23, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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