Likes and Dislikes

Yutang Lin

Special styles chosen, renders adjustment impossible;
On such a path to liberation much hindrance remains.
To gain awakening need to adopt just the Bodhi view;
Personal likes and dislikes should not come into play.


A being aiming at enlightenment should consider all matters from the Bodhi point of view. Ask not how personal likes and dislikes, gains and losses would be affected; but ask only how to ultimately benefit all sentient beings. While haggling over personal likes and dislikes the Bodhi matters are already forgotten.

Written in Chinese on January 4, 2002
Translated on January 15, 2002
El Cerrito, California

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