Voluntary Refuge

Yutang Lin

Where to place one's refuge is voluntary;
Protector of liberation never coerces any.
Compassionate concern spreads over all;
Takes lots of wisdom and merit to follow.


The awakening path to liberation does not request people to have faith or follow, and will never resort to any compelling means. Compassion is universally equal to all sentient beings, and hence none that approaches voluntarily would be turned down. As to the choice of where to go and whom to follow, it all depends on each one's meritorious connections and degree of maturity of wisdom. It is not an easy matter to accumulate merits and cultivate wisdom; people who are dedicated to the right path should exert efforts on such developments.

Written in Chinese and translated on June 1, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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