THESE EIGHT LINES of verse merely reiterate the message that:
Good will be rewarded with good,
Evil will be rewarded with evil;⁴
Just as shadow follows shape,⁵
Or as valleys return an echo.
You may think that only those who:
Assume the lotus position to practice meditation,⁶
Will all be successful in reaping the true fruit.⁷
Simple men and simple women,⁸
Who cultivate piety at home, are not precluded from achieving the Way.
Those who worship the Buddha,
Will benefit from his virtue;
Those who recite Buddha’s name,
Will benefit from his kindness;
Those who consider the sutras,...