Long Solitude

Yutang Lin

Enlightenment has nothing to do with who's right or wrong;
Sentient beings originally possess pure clarity without flaw.
Worldly style commotion could hardly extinguish delusions;
Only steadfast adherence to the Dharma can bear awakening.


The Dharma clearly teaches that there is no self. Nevertheless, some Dharma practitioners still engage in arguing about who's right or who's wrong, without realizing that such behavior means a falling into the dualism of one and others. Original purity and clarity is each and every sentient being's share. Commotions that are similar to the worldly ways would simply add more hindrances and blinds. If one could solidly set one's mind on adhering to the teaching of "Non-self," and constantly reflect on one's thoughts and behaviors in its light, then, after long years of staying away from worldly ways and engaging solely in Dharma practices and services one would naturally become awakened.

When it is ineffectual to guide or persuade others through giving Dharma advice, we can only wait for their self-awakening. This is also based on the same reasoning.

Written in Chinese and translated on February 22, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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