If a person sins when he is young but repents and practices Tao in

his old age, can he attain Tao? (86)

 

The sea of suffering has no shore except for those who repent.  If a

person sins when he is young but repents in his old age, he can attain

Tao as long as he vows to practice Tao, discards all wrongs and do

rights, changes all sinful thoughts to kind thoughts, becomes a

vegetarian and receive Tien-Tao from the Enlightened Teacher

with Tien-Ming1.  Actually, this applies to all regardless of age. 

This is why there is the saying “The moment one discovers his

True Self, he puts down the butcher knife and sins no more, he

immediately echoes the heart of a Buddha.”  This is verified by

 the case of Han Wen-gong* who persecuted Buddhism most of

his life but repented and believed in Tao in his old age.

 

*Han Wen-gong was a scholar and held government offices in

the Tang Dynasty.