Not Giving up on Sentient Beings

Yutang Lin

Not giving up on sentient beings as if keeping grasping profound.
Inner walls and barriers all faded away; no longer choose around.
Only one aspiration born of oneness-of-all for all to awake sooner.
Cultivation needs to abide by the law of causes and consequences.


Profound love or deep hatred would yield no renunciation. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas would not give up on sentient beings, but it has nothing to do with love or hatred. The holy ones have completely no grasping to self, and hence they have no considerations of preference or renunciation. Furthermore, due to the incessant springing up of compassion that is born of realization of oneness-of-all, they are constantly and continuously offering guidance and teachings through many wondrous skillful means. Although their aspiration toward sentient beings' sooner awakening remains incessant, their ways of cultivation and salvation must abide by the law of causes and consequences. Hence, the teachings are given gradually according to the propensities and capacities of various beings.

Buddhists on the path to enlightenment, once having comprehended the above, could rest assured that, as long as they follow the Dharma and act in accordance therewith, they would certainly be protected and blessed. As to fanciful expectations that exceed the causal norm, those should be renounced. Reflect on one's own intentions, behaviors and activities in the light of Dharma and causal laws, and one would then know where to apply one's efforts and where to make improvements.

Written in Chinese and translated on February 8, 2005
El Cerrito, California

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