The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Yutang Lin

Simply dependent on causal conditions with nothing to hold onto,
All phenomena function naturally and lively, as if a living entity.
All endeavors to resume oneness with this lively totality become ways.
With myriads of varieties, simply impossible to limit or bound them.


In Christianity it is often quoted the saying of Jesus, "I am the way, the truth, and the life," and its consequent claim of sole monopoly to salvation. To me as a Buddhist practitioner these three, Way, Truth and Life, also form a harmonious trinity. However, the Truth is simply that all phenomena are consequences of causal conditions and there is nothing to hold onto; functioning of causal conditions are in accordance with natural laws, and it is lively as the Life; all our endeavors to practice so as to become in accordance and even in oneness with such Truth form Ways. With such comprehension of Way, Truth, and Life, ways and means of salvation become myriad and variegated such that they are boundless and endless; they would never rest in only one being or one right approach.

Written in Chinese and translated on March 16, 2007
El Cerrito, California

----- Original Message -----
From: "Yutang Lin"
To: "Dharma Friends"
Sent: Saturday, March 17, 2007 2:13 PM
Subject: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

The famous saying from a Buddhist perspective.
The file attached.

Attain Enlightenment Soon!


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