108 Dharma By Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Opportunity seldom knocks twice; seize the moment.
Monetary wealth is never truly yours.
At the end of the day,
it is your health and blessings that are truly yours.
Be perfectly willing in all your endeavors;
never forget your initial resolve;
take responsibility for your actions.
Appreciation of what we have instead of mere possession of what we have makes us wealthier.
never fear adversity,
and never fear suffering.
Regard a busy life as a nutritious one.
Keep busy with joy, and with purpose.
Even sages are criticized,
it is more important that you are willing to admit fault and correct your mistakes.
All things are created by causes and conditions;
make it a point to give others causes and conditions.
All the joys and sufferings of this world occur as a matter of course;
the key is to be able to look beyond and let go.
Small things should not be overlooked;
even the smallest stream may one day turn into a grand ocean.
You are important and he is important;
I am not important.
because it is a blessing to be at a disadvantage.
Constantly re-evaluate your values;
there is no need to be attached to anything.
You are important and I am not;
You are right and I am wrong;
You enjoy happiness, while I take on suffering;
You can have, while I keep nothing.
It is important to volunteer, because anyone who relieves the suffering and hardship of others is a bodhisattva.
Sometimes there is joy is not knowing.
Forge ahead in doing what is right;
it should be our goal to accomplish the truthful, virtuous and beautiful.
It is important to feel shame and grief,
for these make us better people.
Do not get wrapped up in personal favors,
for human emotions are impermanent and may change any time.
Make every second count,
for time is our wealth and life.
A happy outcome for all is best.
Do not humiliate others;
give them our blessings.
Dharma always offers a way;
patience and compassion are forms of Dharma.
Anger does not solve problems;
working hard to resolve a situation does.
Have confidence in yourself, for even scrap metal can be turned into steel.
Play your role well,
nothing is more important than living your life well.
I am a Buddha.
As a Buddha how can I possibly have hatred, jealousy, arrogance, or foul language?
Good causes and conditions are hard to come by,
do not let a good opportunity pass you by.
Being used by others gives us value.
Those who are at a disadvantage and willingly help others are the real winners.
Do not be greedy,
angry, or ignorant;
being ignorant is the same as being unreasonable.
In this world, everything is mine,
yet nothing is mine.
Be a good person,
do no evil,
and do good deeds.
A relationship between two people is like dancing Tango:
sometimes you lead and sometimes you follow.
It is better to develop affinities than making enemies.
Practice the Three Acts of Goodness, Four Givings, and Five Harmonies.
Refusual requires the presentation of an alternative;
this is how competent people solve problems.
Heaven and hell are all creatiosns of the mind;
one would rather go up than go down.
All that exists in this universe is built upon emptiness.
Only with emptiness is there existence.
We must discipline ourselves to remain righteous, virtuous, and pure in thought.
The future will definitely be better than the present,
so work extra hard.
Before anything is realized, you must first aspire for something.
Your aspirations can only be accomplished with resolve.
Never go back on your word,
keep your promises.
Good health, safety, affinities and joy are more important than money.
Gain only comes after giving.
You must sow before you reap.
We are all creating history,
therefore we must establish ourselves in merit,
in virtue, and in speech.
Don't run away from your problems,
when your mind is filled with goodness,
a bright future lies ahead.
Life is infinite,
for a spirited life neither ages nor dies.
You must believe in cause and effect,
for the rule of cause,
condition, and effect is the Truth of the universe.
Resolve is strengthened with the assistance of listening to ,
contemplation of ,
and practice of the Dhama.
Opportunities arise in rare moments in time;
seize the moment.
To love means to cherish,
to be compassionate,
to be of service,
to be tolerant,
and to be wise.
Reconciliation is not a trivial matter;
it has the potential to give rise to merit.
Sentiment and righteousness are the cornerstones of life.
Start with examining your mind,
for you must know whether it is good or evil.
A tree full of plum blossoms all trace back to the same root,
the relationship between causes, conditions and effects is endless.
Start with today, and start with yourself.
Do not procrastinate and do not rely on others.
Patience is power,
patience is wisdom,
and patience is magnanimity.
Challenge yourself by overthrowing your selfishness
and bad habits, and a bright future lies ahead.
Spread happiness around the world,
and live in happiness.
Be brave enough to face your challenges.
Nothing is difficult in the face of determination.
Be the one to start doing good deeds,
be the one to start speaking good words,
and be the one to start thinking good thoughts.
Be your own mentor.
Only when your are strong will problems be solved.
Happiness is in the here and now.
Experirence your happiness,
and think well of it.
We must have faith,
for a life wiht faith is a healthy one.
Do not be moved by money,
do not be moved by emotions,
and do not be moved by circumstances.
Consider past causes and future effects for all matters you encounter;
uphold right mindfulness;
do not be overly sentimental.
Be a person of moral integrity;
do not fuss over disputes of right and wrong.
You deserve to be happy,
because you are your own master.
To be successful in life,
one must cultivate moral character.
Picking up and letting go;
one must learn to do both with ease.
To gain acceptance by others,
manners, diligence, responsibility, and service should not be amiss.
As a member of the community, I must be able to accept the pressure that it gives.
Laugh when it is time to laugh,
speak when it is time to speak,
and act when it is time to act.
follow your role,
follow your heart,
and follow your community.
Are you able to follow and oblige all sentient beings?
Help others succeed through your service and delication.
Realize the self through diligence and hard work.
Humble acceptance of criticism leads to improvement.
Attainment is not difficult;
the only obstacle that exists is being picky;
do not over-think matters.
Live within hope;
believe that there will be a better tomorrow.
Stand firm and be a good person,
storms and harsh weather will not be sufficient to arouse fear.
Tasks should not be left undone,
but certain words should be left unspoken,
for disaster follows careless speech.
No wrong can come from being kind to others.
It is most important to think good thoughts.
Do not be too stingy.
The willingness to develop affinities will broaden your connections.
Giving is not always done with money.
A smile or words of compliment are also forms of giving.
There is merit in diligence and no benefit in play.
Improve unwholesome habits.
If you hold back on doing good deeds or speaking good words,
you will regret it in the future.
To accomplishment of good things requires persistence and willpower.
Only by relinquishing your previous step,
can you make the next one forword.
Success comes from allowing others to take advantage of your abilities.
Do not treat others with cold indifference.
Treat others with tolerance, but treat yourself with strict discipline.
You can be short of anything,
as long as it is not loving-kindness,
compassion, joy and equanimity.
Do not take the stresses generated by gossip to heart,
for it will taint your nature.
Rise above the occasion,
do not let the feelings of injustice or being wronged bother you;
these are opportunities to improve.
Any animosity that exists in this world can be resolved with joy and smiles.
Instead of being sad and depressed, face reality with courage.
A spiritual practitioner is one who can shoulder the world's sadness, sorrow, suffering, and troubles.
Take control of your time,
make good use of your space,
and harmonize the self and others.
Discover joy and happiness in your work and life.
The bigger your heart,
the greater your achievements.
One who respects others will be respected.
Dhama is sought within respect.
Do not reproach others,
tolerance and magnanimity is the best.
Don't be nervous.
There is no problem that cannot be resolved.
Practice the act of giving praise and complements,
for its benefits are inexhaustible.
The Three Great Virtues consists of wisdom,
benevolence, and courage.
Wisdom is Prajna,
benevolence is loving-kindness
and courage is bodhi.
When one takes refuge in the Buddha,
the Buddha and democracy exist;
when one observes the five precepts,
and does not trespass against others,
then one is free.
A joyful mind throws all troubles
and worries into the ocean.
When there is love,
there are no oppositions;
when there are oppositions,
there are disputes.
Do not abide in form, sound, smell, taste, touch or dharma.
Abide in gentleness, stablity, and happiness.
Do not take your anger out on others.
A gentleman is one who never repeats the same mistakes.
Do not cover up your shortcomings
or downgrade others to praise yourself,
if only makes matters worse.
Do not hold grudges against your friends.
Friends forgive, and friends listen.
Within a relationship,
heated battles are not good and cold wars are also inappropriate.
In order to succeed, the path must be clear,
matters must be clear,
reason must be clear,
and communication between people must be clear.