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.