Turning Around

Yutang Lin

Prayers and wishes could hardly avoid being one-sided.
Reactions to events are mostly to manage self-interests.
Years of Dharma practice gradually turn things around;
Only wish equally that all would soon Buddha bec


Ordinarily people's reactions to matters or their supplications to gods or Buddhas could hardly avoid leaning toward considerations for self-interests or involving self-righteous views. If one's Dharma practices are solid and non-pretentious, then only after long years of dedication could one gradually realize the simple truth that all sentient beings are equal, and become free from dualistic views of one-versus-others. Consequently, one would no longer be attached to certain partial views; instead, one would simply pray for all equally, wishing that they would soon become awakened, and soon attain full enlightenment.

Written in Chinese and translated on October 8, 2002
El Cerrito, California

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