A positive affinity is formed when we,
as Buddhist practitioners, show love for all
sentient beings, our countries,
and our fellow citizens, and when we are
compassionate and peaceful.
We should take refuge in the Triple Gem
of our own nature the Buddha,
the Dharma, and the Sangha.
We take refuge in our innate Buddha,
Dharma, and Sangha: to have the Buddha in
our minds, to practise the Dharma in our
daily life, and to emulate the Sangha
by observing the precepts.
Everything ebbs and flows,
such is the way of nature.
Following the way of nature is
according with conditions.
Only when conditions arise can we act
in accordance with them.
We are always our own greatest limitation,
obstruction, and hindrance.
Blessings come from a generous heart.
Those who give are the most blessed.
Many people are caught up in the arising and
ceasing of their own karmic conditions.
Our emotions are controlled by our
intelligence, and our intelligence is subject to our state of mind.
Our state of mind requires cultivation to
develop, just like flowers in a garden require our care to flourish.
The ignorant seek understanding from others;
the wise endeavour to understand themselves.
The moment we pick up a book of Dharma
and intend to help others, we start to sow the
seeds of blessings and good karma.
The moment we set our minds to being kind
to others, we begin to plant a field of blessings.
The moment we receive a Dharma book, we
have sown the seeds of Buddhahood within ourselves.
Not being reasonable is a flaw, while
insisting on reasoning alone makes us miss
the forest for the trees.
As Buddhist practitioners, we need to purify
our hearts and reduce our desires.
The more desires we have, the less likely we
are to ever satisfy all our desires.
We should learn to be content with what we
have, to change ourselves through practising
Buddhism, and to learn to ask for nothing.
When life gets difficult, keep in mind that
we are experiencing the amount of suffering
we were destined to go through, therefore
transforming our karma for a better future.
Life is like a journey on a train that will
reach its destination soon.
It is short and bitter.
Hence, we must contemplate our bodies as
impure and our thoughts as impermanent .
What we have today is most precious.
The past is already gone and the future is yet
to come. Therefore, we must seize the present
moment, leave the past behind, and look
forward to the future. Only then will our
hearts be like the ocean vast and boundless.
Those who cannot stop gossiping about
others are already entangled in gossip.
They will become the subject of gossip
and not get rid of it.
Learn to let nature take its course;
let all things in life come and go naturally.
In this way, we can be free from afflictions.
Prajna is the wisdom attained with the mind
that is free from ignorance.
The wise always cherish their blessings.
The more they cherish their blessings,
the wiser they become.
Bodhisattvas will always be by their side!
With the right mindset,
you let the Buddha be your guide.
With a deviant mindset,
you let demons become your guide.
The enlightened recognise their true nature,
whereas the lost suffer
the endless cycle of rebirth.
Only when you understand your mind
can you see the intrinsic nature.
Only when you become enlightened
will you discover Bodhi.
If you can always find Bodhi,
you are a Bodhisattva!
Our state of mind determines our destiny.
We must approach people with compassion,
forgiveness and understanding.
If we refuse to forgive, we will end up hurting ourselves.
When we succeed, we must not forget our past.
When we fail, we must remember
there is still tomorrow.
When the path leads to nowhere,
we can always take another path.
We can make a diversion.
A single flower does not make spring,
yet one hundred flowers in full blossom bring
spring to the garden .
We should not only engage in self-practice,
but also extensively transform
other sentient beings.
Be one of the hands and eyes of
Guan Yin Bodhisattva to liberate people from suffering.
Only when we have great compassion can we
help and transform people far and wide.
These are the nemeses of our spiritual cultivation:
Worries they narrow our perspectives;
Resentments they provoke hostility;
Griefs they obstruct our advancement;
Anger it invites enemies.
Although it is difficult
for a novice practitioner to attain Buddhahood,
their persistence in practising Buddhism
will get them closer to the goal.
Their diligence in practising Buddhism
will eventually make them a real Buddha!
Transforming sentient beings is very difficult,
that is why we do it.
The opportunity to encounter
the Buddha s teachings is very rare,
that is why we cherish it.
We strive to elevate the spirituality
of sentient beings to liberate them
from the cycle of rebirth.
We strive to transform their destinies
so that they can attain Buddhahood.
A virtuous person corrects their mistakes,
whereas a petty person covers up their flaws.
Those who correct their mistakes
will become enlightened;
those who cover up flaws will get lost.
It is always better to correct our mistakes
than to cover them up.
The first things we should learn as a
Buddhist practitioner are: to never feel as if
we are being unfairly treated or wronged,
never feel sad, and never get frustrated or worried.
This is because everything in life is
impermanent, it ebbs and flows
in the blink of an eye.
When we see the truth of life,
we become enlightened.
When we are free from afflictions,
our wisdom shines.
If we want to change others,
we should first change ourselves.
Buddhism recognises the existence of destiny,
and teaches us how to change our destiny.
Many people, throughout their lives,
love themselves more than anyone else.
The more we love only ourselves,
the lonelier we become.
The more we love other sentient beings,
the more blissful we become.
There will be no discontentment in life if we
see that all faults are ours and never others .
A person who keeps their desire to a
minimum and reaches maximum rationality is a sage.
A sage always thinks about how they can
benefit and help others.
Being safe and well is a blessing.
Being virtuous leads to longevity.
Being content is a mark of prosperity.
Letting nature take its course is noble.
Learn to give.
When we let others gain first,
then we can truly benefit.
When we cherish our lives and everything in
the world, we effectively own this world.
In this world, with rise there is decline,
with birth there is death,
with coming together there is separation.
Everything by nature is temporary.
What we possess today may not last forever,
and what we gain today may not always be
ours. However, what we lose today may be
ours again tomorrow. Indeed, Our minds
are free from obstruction, because there is no
obstruction . Life is just a dream; we must
return to our natural state.
If we want to have favourable causes and
conditions in this life, if we want to have
blessings and receive help in times of need,
we should always form positive connections
with all beings.
An enlightened person will not be worried
in times of hardship.
Whatever circumstances they encounter,
they act in accordance with conditions;
they are not bothered by gains or losses.
Their mind remains steady,
neither increasing nor decreasing.
They turn themselves from
an ordinary person into a sage.
The mind is free from obstructions.
This very mind is Buddha.
Prayers from a pure heart will be answered.
Illnesses will arise from an evil heart.
A kind person may not have received their
blessings, yet calamity is already far away.
An evil person may not have been stricken by
calamity, yet blessings are already out of range.
Our state of mind is most important.
If we cannot think clearly,
we will not accomplish anything.
If we think clearly, we can achieve everything.
Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door provides
solutions for our spiritual needs.
How can we be happy with a troubled mind?
Practising Buddhism is about changing our
personality and destiny.
Because Buddha-Dharma provides
solutions to our everyday issues, it is the
world s Buddha-Dharma.
Compassion is the foundation
for changing our destiny.
Spare more thought for others,
and less for ourselves.
In this way, we can reduce our desires and
our heart will be pure and calm,
unperturbed by any circumstances.
We can then gain control over ourselves and
be the master of own destiny.
We must understand that Bodhisattvas have
no mind; Bodhisattvas take the minds of
sentient beings as their own.
The minds of sentient beings are my mind.
The forms of sentient beings are my form.
The afflictions of sentient beings are my afflictions.
In essence, the minds of Bodhisattvas are
the same as the minds of the sentient beings.
We need to rid ourselves of the defilement
within us to regain our inherent
We need to let go of everything to transcend
this world and to help all sentient beings
become enlightened and be free from suffering.
Only when we attain a high level of
spirituality can we be liberated from the cycle of rebirth.
A Buddhist practitioner should hold
themselves to high standards of spiritual
cultivation, complete with merits and virtues.
It is necessary to have both
merits and virtues .
Never belittle or diminish the
Buddha-nature, or we will lose merits and virtues.
An evil person is ignorant.
A benevolent person is wise.
A Buddhist practitioner is enlightened.
When dealing with people,
we must be infinitely patient.
There are three unique characteristics of wise
1. They are highly tolerant and impartial;
2. They practise the giving of kind and
truthful words, and never lie;
3. They think of nothing but the well-being
of sentient beings.
A Buddhist practitioner
should first learn to forgive.
Forgiveness brings about miracles,
helping save broken relationships.
Forgiveness helps us understand others like a
lamp that illuminates our hearts, enabling us
to let go of resentment, vengeance, and
jealousy. Forgiveness is the path
to a healthy state of mind.
Happiness has nothing to do with money.
Money cannot buy Dharma joy.
In fact, the more we have in this world,
the more afflictions we may face.
We never know the value of what we have
until we lose it.
There is no medicine for regret in this world.
Everything is already gone when we begin to regret.
However, for a Buddhist practitioner, there is
a cure for regret reciting the Eighty-eight
Buddhas Great Repentance.
As Buddhist practitioners, we must treat
everyone and everything with kindness and
compassion, and relieve ourselves of worries with wisdom.
Be grateful to others for their hard work.
Adopt the Buddhist philosophy of feeling
others pain and suffering as our very own to
protect ourselves from disasters and to
understand the true meaning of life.
Bias happens when one fails to see things in
their entirety. No matter how good a watch is,
it is biased if it is not accurate.
Life s journey can be compared to buttoning
a shirt. If the first button is put wrong, then
every button will be wrong. If a person takes
one wrong step, all his life will go wrong.
A road cannot be driven on
without the effort of its builders.
A flower cannot blossom
without the care of gardeners.
Sentient beings cannot be liberated from
suffering and attain happiness without the
compassion of Buddhist practitioners.
When we help others, we sow the seeds of
being able to receive help in times of need.
When we form good affinities with others,
we can come together like a family reunion.
We should cherish the Buddhist friends we
encounter in this life. Such good affinities
were formed from countless past lifetimes of
cultivating minds and going through trials
and tribulations together.
We should not be envious of the wealth and
fame others possess in this life. Such
blessings are the results of performing good
deeds and accumulating virtues in the
endless cycle of rebirth.
Likewise, some of the misfortunes in our lives
are merely the inescapable retribution for our
evil deeds in the past, caught up in the
endless cycle of rebirth.
Hence, we should be careful of our actions.
We should cultivate blessings and virtues by
doing good in this world.
Leave to our children more virtues,
so that they can pass these virtues onto
their children and protect them.
Wisdom is the key to sparing us from the
many karmic obstacles brought upon by the
impermanence of life.
Live a life free from attachments, and let
nature takes its course.
Recognise that when we are born into this
world, we start taking responsibility for our
behaviour. Our lives are the place where we
generate positive karma and eliminate
One who conceals his own weaknesses by
hurting others is someone who not only
suffers from mental instability, but also is
hurt by demons of the mind.
Selfishness is like a time bomb it will
certainly explode one day, just like a selfish
person will certainly hurt himself.
Only when we truly believe in Bodhisattva
will we be trusted by others.
Only when we truly believe that our pure
hearts can help others will we truly get help
from others in times of need.
Learning Buddhism is learning to push aside
all worldly afflictions.
All people and all things have aspects that
pose obstacles for us.
To return to the original state of our inherent
virtuous nature, we must see through the
truth of life and become completely enlightened.
Recite the Great Compassion Mantra, and
make praises to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
We are capable of being enlightened
if we discover our faults.
We begin to be enlightened
if we correct our faults.
We will awaken if we discover
all our mistakes.
We will be thoroughly enlightened if we
correct all our mistakes.
We should take a good look at this world and see it clearly.
If there are still things that we cannot make
peace with, it means we do not have
If there are still people that we look down
upon, it means we are not wise enough.
If we are still occupied by worries, it means
we are still disturbed by demons.
A wise person has no desire.
With desire comes disappointment.
If we indulge ourselves in disappointment,
we will lose hope in the end.
As such, we should not have any
expectations in the first place. Expectation
will only lead to more disappointment.
Happiness is not defined by our wealth or our
status, but by how we choose to live our lives.
Only when we are not entangled in the
pursuit of fame and wealth will we truly be liberated.
A liberated life is a life truly worth living.
We as Buddhist practitioners should
learn to let go of our bottomless desire for
materialistic enjoyment, otherwise we will harm our minds.
If we can let go of our desire for materialistic
enjoyment, we will be able to bring our
mental and spiritual well-being to perfection.
Our character determines how well we
practise Buddhism and enlighten others.
Our wisdom determines how well we turn
ourselves into decent people and propagate Buddhism.
Our virtues determine how well we build and
maintain interpersonal relationships.
When we face everyone and everything in life
with compassion and wisdom, we find
ourselves more open and free.
To respect others is to respect ourselves.
Respecting others is not something we give
but something we reap; it is a true expression
of the compassion within ourselves.
A Buddhist practitioner should first learn to
respect others. Respect generates trust,
allowing us to turn a foe into a friend.
Treat people equally, acknowledge the
achievements of others, praise others, respect
the good character of others, unite, and make
our families more peaceful. Respect all people.
A most important virtue for Buddhist
practitioners is to respect the elderly
and love the young.
If we wish to have blessings, we must fulfil
our filial duties. Those who fulfil their filial
duties will surely have blessings in the living world.
A true Buddhist practitioner is one who
recites Buddhist scriptures, acts like
Amitabha, and thinks like the Buddha.
To practise Buddhism and to be a good
person is a kind of transcendence a notion
that goes beyond the human realm.
Buddhas and Bodhisattvas told us what is
good and what is evil. However, they did not
tell us which paths to choose.
The choice is ours; our life is in our own
hands. Practising Buddhism is a way to hold
ourselves accountable for our conscience.
Thus, we should be mindful of our conscience
and true nature.
There is nothing in this world that we cannot
come to terms with. Everything happens
following the law of cause and effect.
We should not bring worries upon ourselves.
Others may say or do something wrong, but
we should not punish or distress ourselves
over the mistakes they have made.
Understand that everything in this world is
an illusion, it is empty by nature. To live a
life truly worth living, we need to overcome
our afflictions and desires.
With tranquillity and purity, we can be free
Do not be greedy. We must often remind
ourselves that I do not need anything more ,
It s good enough and It s OK .
A believer in Buddhism will never doubt; a
doubter will never believe.
A benevolent man practises Dharma in his
daily life, while an evil man drifts away from
The wise practise Dharma sincerely, while
the foolish practise Dharma half-heartedly.
Enduring hardship is a process of
eliminating karmic obstacles. Those who can
accept reality understand how to change reality.
For a Buddhist practitioner,
suffering is only temporary.
For a non-practitioner,
suffering will be long-lasting.
Holding onto resentment
only deepens our sadness.
Showing compassion opens our hearts.