Bodhisattvas fear causes, whereas sentient
beings fear consequences.
Those who treat the law of karma with
respect and awe will bring harmony and
tolerance to our society.
Liberation from the shackles of death and
rebirth begins with compassion and wisdom.
In the search for our innate pure nature,
we will discover our lost compassion.
Only when we understand the law of cause
and effect, and the workings of causes and
conditions, are we able to live a life of contentment.
Only when we practise Buddhism and rid
ourselves of karmic obstacles are we able to
be free of afflictions and attain liberation.
The Dharma enables us to break free from
delusion and attain enlightenment.
It guides us toward a non- antagonistic
approach to life, and leads to the cultivation
of a noble character.
One who wallows in regret
cannot see into their future.
Wallowing in regret brings nothing but harm;
by doing so, they only bring afflictions upon themselves.
Happiness lies in appreciating
those who are kind to us.
Acknowledging the strengths of others
warms our hearts, whereas finding faults
with others serves only to bring more
afflictions upon ourselves.
Appreciating the strengths of others
and looking beyond their weaknesses brings
forth the light in our hearts.
A kind word can sometimes make one
feel warm all their lives.
A harsh word, on the other hand, can breed a
lifetime of hatred. It can ruin one’s marriage
and one s family.
Right thinking is more reliable than sentiment.
One who lives for the well-being of others is
someone who has passion for life.
One who is compassionate, always ready to
help and to awaken others spiritually is truly
an enlightened individual. They will live a life
full of blessings.
A true Buddhist practitioner is a person of
few words, who is mindful of their demeanour,
and who practises what they preach.
Regret awaits those who make decisions in a
fit of anger.
Wealth and glory are nothing but vanity;
worldly pleasures and romance are nothing
The hard work of our lives will be all in vain,
like trying to capture the moon in the water.
When we leave this human world, we take
with us nothing but our karma.
Only when we understand this concept can
we achieve true liberation, let go of the self,
and attain Buddhahood.
The foundation of wisdom comes from our potential to awaken.
One who takes the wrong path is not yet awakened.
The ability to adjust one’s mind leads one to
attain the Buddha’s heart.
Turning a deaf ear to advice is the beginning of delusion.
Turning a blind eye to one’s mistakes is the beginning of failure.
Always thinking that you should have a fair
share of everything is the beginning of affliction.
The heart is like a mirror, reflecting the evil of
the world. If all we see is nothing but vice and
strife, then eventually we will end up turning to evil.
Only when our hearts reflect all the good in
the world will our hearts be filled with kindness.
Only when our hearts reflect nothing will we
be able to see the emptiness of the five aggregates.
Constantly reminiscing about the past
results in distracting thoughts; constantly
thinking of the future results in illusion. True
cultivation means being down-to-earth,
facing the reality of life, and resolving
conflicts with wisdom.
Precepts are meant for us to discipline
ourselves, not to defame others.
A true cultivator is utterly indifferent to the
flaws of humankind.
There is no way to liberate our minds if we
consider life to be a game of chance.
We Buddhist practitioners should look upon
the human world as a place for training our
minds and for accumulating merits and
virtues. We should regard the human world
as a tourist destination where we can
accumulate merits and virtues.
Once the journey ends, all the wealth and
fame, and all our gains and losses
will be meaningless.
Throughout our lives, there is nothing we can
truly call ours forever; impermanence is the
root of affliction.
If we carry our afflictions into the following
day, we will never understand our minds and
see our true nature.
Only when we eradicate all our afflictions
can we live our days with joy and free
ourselves from a sorrowful state of mind.
Not being attached to worldly afflictions is
an expression of compassion.
To be able to let go, we need to practise
equanimity and loosen our emotional
attachment to everyone and everything in the world.
We should never regard ourselves as great, or
we may end up looking small and being
belittled by others.
It will be of great benefit to us to have control
over this end. If we fail, it will, at best, bring
us humiliation, and at worst, have
an adverse impact on our life.
We should cherish all kinds of affinities in
our journey through life, be it positive or negative.
Only when we have insight into the workings
of karmic affinities can we act in accordance
with karmic conditions.
Look at the world from a different perspective,
and we will find the world appears vast while
man appears small.
When we put ourselves in other people’s
shoes, we will come to realise that all living
beings possess an innate Buddha nature.
It is no use speaking with hindsight or
We Buddhist practitioners must come to
terms with reality and discover our own flaws
and shortcomings by reflecting on those of others;
Understand the workings of karma, and
emulate Bodhisattvas who fear causes, but
not sentient beings who fear consequences.
Our life begins with a cry at birth, and when
we leave this human world, we bring along
nothing but our lifelong afflictions.
When we face everyone and everything in life
with compassion and wisdom, we find
ourselves more open and free.
When we find everyone so pleasant, we will
have a pleasant frame of mind. Then our
Bodhi mind will grow and we will be blessed
with the Bodhisattva’s love.
Having a compassionate heart is far more
important than having superior skills or
intellect; with gratitude comes mental and
Good karma stems from doing good;
loneliness stems from selfishness;
suspicion stems from fear and fear stems
from hatred. Thus, only when we cultivate a
calm and peaceful state of mind can we turn
our mortal heart into a Buddha’s heart.
Being able to love others is a form of blessing.
Being able to understand others is a form of wisdom.
Do not be perturbed by trivial gain and loss
in this world; the wise man is someone who
lets go of themselves.
A person who is troubled by too many
afflictions is devoid of wisdom.
A person who is devoid of afflictions is full of wisdom.
A truly awakened person readily performs
the act of giving. True spiritual awakening is
understanding the truth of life.
Only after we have nothing will we start
having something. When someone has no
afflictions, they start gaining wisdom.
Physical health is the biggest asset in life.
If we suffer from ill health,
we will live a wretched life
even if we enjoy abundant wealth.
Wealthy is one who is contented.
The biggest victory we can achieve in life
is to not be angry, or resentful.
In doing so, no one can upset you.
The biggest achievement in life is to be able to
let go of attachment, have peace of mind, be
full of wisdom and view the vicissitudes of life
Only when we change ourselves can we let go;
only when we cultivate our minds and
practise Buddhism can we make this world a pure land.
We as Buddhist practitioners should
cultivate the right faith and be cautious in
making friends. Having too many
acquaintances of varied quality may do us
more harm than good.
We should associate with worthy friends; the
virtuous and the high-minded. We should
nurture the Buddha nature in our hearts, be
connected to positive affinities and keep
negative affinities at arm’s length.
Fortunes and misfortunes
are vicissitudes of life.
Being safe and well is a blessing which we
should cherish at all times.
Instil into ourselves a forgiving state of mind.
This is the Buddha’s state of mind.
An ever-burning lamp in our heart will
illuminate the path to enlightenment.
We are merely visitors in the world; such is
the reality of life.
Cultivating our minds is to change our state
of mind; cultivating our behaviour is to
change our behaviour.
We will not achieve anything if we are not
ready to give.
Only when we give, do we gain.
The spiritual path to enlightenment is
riddled with afflictions and obstacles.
It is important that the enlightened guard
their inherent Buddha nature.
It takes the mind to overcome whatever
hardship or calamity that comes our way.
Only when one’s mind is devoid of thought
can one be blessed with good fortune and longevity.
It’s only a matter of time before we have to
let go, so why not choose to let go sooner
in order to live a happier and
more peaceful life?
What is compassion?
Compassionate are those who can put
themselves in other people’s shoes.
A true Dharma propagator is one who
guards themselves both internally and
externally. Internally, they are sincere in
propagating the Buddha’s teachings.
Externally, they are virtuous in conduct,
truthful in speech, and performs meritorious
deeds in their effort to lead by example. Such
is how they spread the Dharma and help
sentient beings awaken spiritually.
A Buddhist practitioner makes no
distinction between right and wrong, for
there is only the law of cause and effect.
Awaken our inner self with our innate nature.
Correcting our shortcomings is a way of
When you are constantly connected to the
Buddha Light of the Bodhisattva, your heart
is united as one with that of the Bodhisattva;
you will spiritually awaken at once.
Blessings are the result of cultivation in past
lives, whereas virtue is the result of good
conduct in this life.
Vengeance is sweet when one undermines the
character of others, but it will quickly
backfire and harm one s whole life instead.
Buddhist practitioners must be honest.
If one fails to meet the most basic
requirement of being honest, then they will
gradually deviate from Buddhist teachings.
We will have no regrets if we always consult
our inherent nature and true self before
acting, uttering a word or conceiving a thought.
A conqueror, in the true sense of the word, is
not one who is courageous in conquering a
storm, but one who is skilful in steering clear of a storm.
Cherish what you have now and tame your
sensual desires. Tomorrow belongs to those
who cherish today.
Wisest are those who are good at discovering
the strengths of others.
Strongest are those who are good at
Richest are those who are aware of their
fortune, are content with it, give their wealth
to help others, and live a fulfilling
and happy life.
One who respects themselves, as well as
others, is most worthy of respect.
Only when we develop our inherent bright
nature can we live a happy and carefree life.
If we hold hatred in our heart, it will
germinate over time.
If we nurture love in our heart, we will
become compassionate over time.
Life is sustained by interdependence. We
grow strong with assistance from others. In
this world, everyone has to rely on one
another in order to achieve success.
Bowing one’s head does not mean one is
inferior to others. It is merely a
manifestation of one’s great composure.
There are many who stand head and
shoulders above others. Do not forget that
there are always other more superior people
to rise above them.
Those who are humble and steadfast in work
are always held in high esteem. A successful
man will not lose his shine even if he lowers
his head; he will be respected and admired all the same.
The true meaning of life is to change
ourselves and to return to our true nature.
We must show our best side when interacting
with others. Concurrently, through correcting
our bad habits and temper, we will find our
true self. This is what we call
‘self- perfection’ in Buddhism.
Do not get angry and contend with others.
Whatever is obtained by way of contention is
a delusion; only what is gained by way of
spiritual cultivation is real.
Buddhism enables us to gain the true value
of life in the world.
The wise are able to let go, take things easy,
have a positive frame of mind
and live their lives with ease.
If we can reach a thorough understanding of
reality, we can succeed in what we do. As a
result, our minds will be calm and relaxed.
Though you may have desires,
you should not cling to them.
Seek them, but do not be greedy.
When you have a balanced state of mind in
seeking blessing from the Buddha, you will be
able to let go of more attachments. One who
has a balanced state of mind will be
composed, calm, pure with respect to the six
sensory faculties and remain unperturbed
whatever situation may arise.
According to Buddhism, “Wisdom is to
understand another s heart as our own.”
Only when we understand other people’s
hearts can we understand our own.
Only when we understand other people’s
thoughts can we understand the true
meaning of life in the world.
Our great Bodhisattva is fully aware of Her
children’s suffering in the human world,
hence Guan Yin Bodhisattva says,
“All prayers will be answered.”
To show due respect toward others is to
respect yourself. Treat others the way you
wish to be treated. If you hurt others, you
will eventually hurt yourself.
It is essential to do good deeds while
If you can lead others to practise Buddhism
at no cost to yourself, then you are applying
a wonderful method.
To be able to help others awaken spiritually
and to also allow yourself to introduce
Buddhism to more people is wisdom.
Learn to be grateful by rendering help to
others when we receive help from others.
Be grateful to nature for nurturing us.
Be grateful to our parents for raising us.
Be grateful to our fellow Buddhists for their friendship.
Be grateful to the Buddha’s teachings for awakening us.
Our hands are meant for labour, not to seek
Our brain is meant for contemplating and
repenting, not for clinging to attachments.
Only when we remain sober-minded and
ready to forgive others are we able to make
constant progress. The best solution to any
problem is to forgive.
It is important that Buddhist practitioners
erect a wall in their hearts, just as a
computer requires a firewall for protection.
No matter where the viruses come from, we
are able to ward them off with the wisdom
derived from Dharma.
As long as we have faith in the Bodhisattva
and walk the path of Buddhism with
determination, though we are far from being
perfect or tactful, we are sure to reap benefits
from our practice, even if we live in a world
fraught with suffering.
Live in accordance with karmic conditions
and you will enjoy peace of mind; be happy
and you will have no worries.
Let go of your worries and you can attain
Our potential for awakening will bring about
liberation. Those who can be happy are
awakened and liberated.
One who observes the precepts and the law
will have peace of mind.
Only when one attains peace of mind can one
attain concentration of mind. This, in turn,
gives rise to wisdom. This is the so-called
‘precepts, concentration and wisdom’
As Buddhist practitioners, we must
understand that doing things for ourselves or
for our own ends is mean-spirited.
Doing something for the benefit of others,
however minor, is considered kind.
Only when we let go of attachment
can we let go of the self.
Free ourselves from worries. If we are
constantly troubled by worries, it must be
that we think too highly of ourselves.
The infinite number of beings in the
six realms of existence are all equal.
We come and go empty-handed, however
great we may have become.
A contented person enjoys
happiness and wealth.
A blessed person should learn to keep a low
profile, then they will be able to prolong their
good fortune and their lifespan.
We as Buddhist practitioners should find
ways to repay the kindness extended to us.
The more feelings of gratitude we nurture, the
less resentment we will harbour in our heart.
As time goes by, we will develop long-lasting
kindness towards sentient beings with no
annoyance or regret.
Anger is humankind s biggest weakness.
Do not find excuses to get angry.
Anger only begets more anger.
Taming our anger is the golden key to our
physical and mental well-being.
We need to cleanse the body when it is dirty.
Similarly, we need to drink plenty of water
to cleanse the internal organs
when they are dirty.
According to the foundational work of
Chinese medicine, Yellow Emperor’s Inner
Classic, water is the best medicine.
Consuming plenty of water
cleanses our internal body.
What is the best remedy for spiritual
cleansing? It is the Three Golden Buddhist
Practices of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door:
making vows, performing recitations of
Buddhist scriptures and
performing life liberation.
To let go of the self is to clear a mind that is
filled with discrimination, sense of right and
wrong, gain and loss, and attachment.
Letting go is a manifestation of magnanimity,
a kind of thorough enlightenment; it reveals
our true nature. Only when we let go can we
attain true liberation.
The whole world will smile at you when your
heart is peaceful and your mind is clean.
When you can smile at yourself, not a single
trouble in the world will affect you.
When you are sincere to yourself, no one in
the world can deceive you.
We can take any road in the world,
but never the road to ruin.
We can choose any path, but never the one
that leads us astray.
Despite the many obstacles along the path in
life, we must walk uphill with our heads held
high. In this way, we are able to steer clear of
numerous winding and dangerous small
paths. As long as we are diligent in
practising Buddhism, we can make headway
however long the path may be.
Practising Buddhism is not just about
persistence. What is more important is that
we must be heading in the right direction.
One who knows how to be happy will not live
a day without happiness. It is no use
stamping one’s feet and beating one’s chest
lamenting and moaning.
Only when we understand the ever-changing
mind can we identify people s feelings and
perceptions in relation to their surroundings.
Remember that everything is made from the mind alone.
When we realise the true meaning of life,
we are able to derive happiness from the
minutest of things. When we understand the
impermanence of life, we will be appreciative and happy.
A glass of water changes its colour and
becomes undrinkable when it is stained by a
drop of ink, whereas the ocean remains blue
even when a drop of ink dissolves in it. Why
is it so? It is because their capacity differs.
Wheat spikes grow straight upwards when
unripe, but they lower their tips when they
ripen. Why is it so? It is because their
We will have more capacity if we practise
tolerance towards others.
We will have substance if we practise
humility. A combination of both is a
When one’s mind is scattered, one’s soul is
distracted. When one’s mind is concentrated,
one possesses wisdom.
When someone s mind becomes as calm and
still as water, and free of the sense of right
and wrong, they are no longer ordinary
people. Their minds are undisturbed.
This is the approach we should adopt to solve
our everyday problems. If we refrain from
provoking disputes, there will be no conflicts.
When we have peace of mind, we will be safe and well.