Minding Others' Business

Yutang Lin

Intending to mind others' business, one's grasping is deep indeed.
Whatever others do will be criticized, causing others resentments.
To practice Dharma one should learn to check on oneself at first:
Which among my intentions and behaviors is agreeable to Bodhi?


Practicing Dharma is not for self-interests; rather it is for all beings to attain Bodhi. Criticizing others at their every move, not realizing that this reflects deep grasping of one's own. Benefiting others has not yet become apparent, and yet their feelings of loathsomeness have already been rooted. Why not cultivate oneself first by constantly striving to achieve concord with Bodhi? Paths of enlightenment are originally open and widespread; in the absence of intentions all match naturally.

Written in Chinese and translated on March 14, 2006
El Cerrito, California

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