Experiences in Suffering

Yutang Lin

During illness a physician applies treatments;
In hardship a practitioner trains on liberation.
Experiences in suffering are tender reference
For universal compassion to shoot and grow.


Just as a physician would practice diagnosis and treatment during his or her own illness, a Dharma practitioner would render hardship and suffering in life into opportunities for gaining insights into sentient beings' suffering and figuring out how to free the mind beyond such predicaments. Universal compassion stemming from personal experiences of suffering is indeed precious and rare.

Written in Chinese and translated on June 4, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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