Receiving Blessings

Yutang Lin

All things are originally without independent self
Like dreams, mirages, bubbles, and shadows
Like dew drops, and like lightning
And yet causal relations and consequences are neatly knitted

Blessing of guidance from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Grace of teachings from spiritual teachers
To practitioners whose minds are not yet fully pure
Can only be received
When they are humble-minded, respectful and pure in faith

If they are confined by sorrows, and grasping to self and pride arose
Even to the extent of declaring that they had forgotten such blessings
Then the grace of Buddhas and Dharmas that was born of compassion
Will not disappear
But will simply return to the originally pure Blank Essence
Eternally subsist beyond the framework of Time and Space

As to practitioners who had forgotten such grace
They will receive the grace again
Only when their Self extinguishes and they realizes oneness of all

Written in Chinese and translated on October 4, 2007
El Cerrito, California

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