Comprehending the Sequential Connections

Yutang Lin

Suffering and happiness are poles strung by causal connections.
Unaware of the chain reactions, beings struggle blindly in vain.
Buddha out of compassion revealed the subtle sequential stages.
Approach or avoid, conform or oppose, 'tis up to the individual.


Depending on the direction of the development of causes and consequences in a sequence of events, suffering or happiness will result as polar ends of the sequence. Not comprehending such chain reactions in its two opposing directions one would struggle in vain while floating up and down in life. Buddha revealed the Four Noble Truths and the Chain of Twelve Causal Links to help us see through the course and the divergent directions. As to how each individual will benefit from such teachings, it is still up to each one's degree of approaching or avoiding, and that of conforming to or deviating from the teachings.

Written in Chinese and translated on October 11, 2002
El Cerrito, California

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