Yutang Lin

Not only the source of suffering is the grasping to self,
But also the threshold blocking liberation grew therein.
Tiny bits of personal predisposition would not let loose,
Eventually one will be led away from Dharma practice.


Buddha teaches that the grasping to self is the root of transmigration within the cycles of life and death. As to attainment of liberation it is also often hindered by self-centered considerations. Dharma practices deteriorated into superficial perfunctory activities or are deserted halfway, mostly because of unwillingness to renounce personal preferences. Transmigration in the six realms of suffering is like a snaring net that covers heaven and earth; when it is seen through it is only the multi-facet variegated transformation of attachment to self.

Written in Chinese on May 30, 2003
Translated on May 31, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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