Long Lasting

Yutang Lin

Comprehending the ultimate essence of Dharma
Is not easy for learners of Dharma
Harmonizing practices with comprehension of Dharma
Cannot be arrived at readily in single attempt

If one can recognize clearly that
Ultimate essence of Dharma points at phenomena as such
And that the Dharmakaya of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Expands over everywhere at any time
Then the best path to take is, sooner
To devote oneself fully into Dharma practices and services
To have a daily routine of practice sessions
And to follow a virtuous Guru that one has the opportunity to come across

On the path of Dharma practices, sooner or later
One will encounter hindrances, and ups and downs
Only by incessant efforts in maintaining
Continuous Dharma practices and services
Can all adverse situations and conditions be turned around
To become opportunities for realization of enlightenment

These are words born of experiences and from depth of my heart
After having faced all sorts of difficulties and hindrances
In thirty years of strenuous efforts on the Dharma practice path
With the hope that future practitioners of Dharma may thereby be enabled
To sustain sight and attitude of long lasting endeavors
And thereby eventually arrive at the state of full enlightenment
And of being capable of helping other beings to reach enlightenment

Written in Chinese and translated on February 21, 2008
El Cerrito, California

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