Accumulating Merits

Yutang Lin

Not yet managed, already left alone.
Even prearranged, still ends in vain.
Accumulate merits in daily practice.
Don't wait till regrets unamendable.


I have seen older generation passed away. Often they did not get to handle matters that they used to say they would like to. Or even though they had made prearrangements their descendants, having their own minds, would render those prearrangements useless. Buddhists that have realized the importance of accumulating merits for sustenance on the Dharma path or meritorious conditions for gaining rebirth in Pureland should apply their efforts diligently in daily practices, lest upon the sudden arrival of departure from this life one could hardly expect the accumulation to be amended by others to full sufficiency.

Written in Chinese and translated on February 8, 2004
El Cerrito, California

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