Main Direction

Yutang Lin

Remainder of life is long or short, hard to foretell;
Don't spend energy on learning to be all knowing.
Main thing is to become free from transmigration.
Pure mind and action are conducive to awakening.


The goal of Buddhist practices is to transcend transmigration in suffering realms and to attain enlightenment for all sentient beings. The length of the remainder of this life is hard to estimate, while learning to become knowledgeable on many subjects would spend much energy without helping solid practices and attainments. Therefore, a practitioner should recognize the main direction and devote efforts toward purification of mind, speeches and actions. In this way it would be more conducive to the attainment of transcendence and awakening.

Written in Chinese on November 7, 2003
Translated on November 8, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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