Money can be earned, but spiritual life
can only be attained through awakening.
The wise know the way whereas
the ignorant lose their way.
We, as human beings,
rely on forbearance to surmount
one hindrance after another in life.
To conduct yourself well, you must not
violate the bottom line of the law.
To practise Buddhism, you must not violate
the bottom line of the precept.
Anything which fails to conform to logic
is not the right path.
A person who is unable to resolve one mental
obstacle will often experience
many other obstacles.
We must open the door to our hearts
ourselves instead of relying on others
to do it for us.
Success comes to those who are patient.
We must not do things to suit our whims
and fancies. Instead, we must learn to
Those who disrespect others will receive a
taste of their own medicine.
Any problem can be resolved if you are
tolerant, whereas nothing can be resolved
if you are intolerant.
Practising forbearance is the first lesson in
learning to be a Buddha or a Bodhisattva.
In many cases, there is something in nothing.
Likewise, there is nothing in something.
When you turn someone’s negative thoughts
you are helping them to be awakened spiritually.
We are all treading the same path to death,
so why are we still nudging each other
out of the way?
Buddhist practitioners who refuse to
change themselves will gain nothing.
In dealing with others, we should be
respectful, tactful, forgiving and tolerant.
Your perception of things is determined by
what kind of person you are.
We should perform meritorious and virtuous
deeds as much as we can in our prime.
Do not wait to make a last-minute frantic
effort when disasters befall you.
When we regard our own life
as more and more unimportant,
and regard compassion
as more and more important,
we become closer to Prajna wisdom.
Those who know are awakened.
When someone is fully aware of
how causes and conditions work,
as well as knowing the law of karma,
they are spiritually awakened.
A person who has gained a certain level of
will not tell everybody they have done so;
a person who claims to have gained a certain
level of spiritual attainment
actually has not done so.
The body, speech and mind are
the three steps along the path of cultivation.
The first step is to abstain
from unwholesome bodily actions.
The second is to refrain from
creating karma of speech,
and the third is to refrain from
creating karma of the mind.
Wisdom holds us back from acting recklessly
and makes us revere precepts and discipline.
Let spiritual life begin from today
and kindness begin from this very moment.
Those who cannot see into their future
will not be able to make the most of today.
Whether you will succeed in the future
depends on today.
Today’s effort will lead us to the other shore
of enlightenment in times to come.
Those who want to get over their ego
must let go of their past.
How do we prevent our merits and virtues
By planting rich fields of merit.
No matter how much merits and virtues
you have accumulated,
you still need to
continue performing virtuous deeds.
It is like washing your face;
you still have to wash it every day despite
the fact that you washed it in the past.
Do not look back on the past, no matter
good or bad, just look at what you are at
present. This is living in the present moment.
Come and go at ease.
Empty the mind to see the Buddha nature.
Dharma joy lies in knowing that we are
doing good! Remorse lies in knowing that we
are doing evil!
When you are unhappy,
you are in a state of illusion.
Hatred ignites the fiery flames in the heart.
Our potential for awakening
can remove hatred,
thus protecting the fields of merits
from being ruined.
We must make full use of every minute and
every day to nurture our innate nature to perfection.
You need to accord with karmic conditions
when you are happy;
more so if you are unhappy.
Only when you purify and empty the body
and the mind, and combine the two as one,
will the Bodhisattva be able to enter your heart.
To be tolerant of others is to be civilized;
to be able to understand others
is to be virtuous.
We Buddhist practitioners
must correct our mistakes,
then try our best to make few mistakes,
and finally make no mistakes at all.
At times, the more you crave something,
the more distant it is.
Those who endure ten years of suffering
in the human realm to eliminate
their negative karma
are only ten feet away from heaven.
Those who indulge themselves
in sensual pleasures for ten years
are only ten feet away from hell.
There must be a reason for someone
to be successful.
Thus, it is foolish to be jealous
of their success.
Being a civilized person is the result of
having a habit of being gentle.
The more magnanimous you are,
the stronger your intuition becomes.
Intuition will be transformed into
your potential for awakening,
which will be transformed into Bodhi.
Buddhist practitioners must be adaptable,
whether advancing or retreating,
and not be overwhelmed
by unexpected favour or humiliation.
Talking too much will become an obstacle in
your path of advancement.
Think twice before speaking.
meritorious and virtuous deeds,
like a stream trickling endlessly.
This helps us to remain steadfast
in our faith in spiritual practice.
Mental coordination is a form of education,
training us to guard against greed,
arrogance and foolishness.
Learning Buddhism is to learn
to adjust your state of mind.
Encouraging other people gives rise to faith;
when we have faith in others,
we gain self-confidence.
Rely on virtues to maintain
Forgive and forget after you
let your temper flare.
Bearing a grudge will
result in a vicious cycle.
Patience and perseverance are
the foundations for wisdom.
It is most valuable to do things
without selfish intent.
Not expecting anything
in return is invaluable.
Only by being tolerant of each other
can you handle things tactfully.
The wise will draw strength
from the wisdom of others
to prevent themselves from being deceived.
then you will immediately possess
the present moment.
We all live a life of suffering and imperfection.
Only when we are in our twilight years
will we realise that everything
is empty by nature.
Being clean and pure is a blessing;
Tranquillity is a blessing;
Peace of mind is a blessing.
Through unrelenting effort,
success will come when the time is right.
The grievances that you endure today
serve to lessen the misery that
you may suffer tomorrow.
The hardship that you endure today
serves to lessen the setbacks
you may have to suffer tomorrow.
Those who do not live in hope
will be in despair.
Those who are not spiritually awakened
are susceptible to blunders.
Those who have a discriminatory mind
will be the first to be unhappy.
Not understanding impermanence is like
driving your thoughts into a blind alley.
You cannot demand respect,
or gain it by bragging.
Respect is earned by cultivation;
it requires wisdom.
Learning to help others
to facilitate their endeavours
is to fulfil your own merits and virtues.
Those who cultivate well must be still and
quiet, and guard against the karma of speech.
Where there is wisdom, there is a way.
Seeing a closed window
will bring about disappointment.
Seeing the open sky gives us hope.
When a person has done good deeds,
heaven will immediately grant them
an auspicious sign.
Cherishing should be given priority,
while explaining is the worst thing to do.
Happiness lies in letting go
letting go of selfishness,
letting go of the self
and letting go of attachment.
When you are happy looking at anyone,
you are a Bodhisattva.
When you find everyone pleasant to look at,
you have gained right mindfulness.
When you can only see
the shortcomings of other people,
you will fail to see their strengths.
When you can see
the strength of others,
you will fail to see their shortcomings.
the Master’s three points of focus:
First, stay well and safe
and you will not be in trouble.
Second, happiness lies in being content
(set a lower bar for happiness).
Third, be earnest in your cultivation
and never fall behind.
There must be a reason behind one’s ill luck.
Ill luck usually befalls someone
who is the target of widespread criticism
behind their back.
One who does work without telling others
is truly a man of action.
One who talks
but never puts their words into practice
is a man of inaction.
To act in accordance with karmic conditions
is to take the middle path.
Only through complete awakening
can you see the true nature of life.
Life is like a dream,
it is all over when you wake.
You will still be in the dream
if you have not awakened.
For those already spiritually awakened,
you have to understand that
you are cultivating something that
can stay forever in this impermanent world.
The mind is like a filter.
Listening to others is simply
a process of refining ourselves.
Never commit any wrongdoing, for
retribution is like a shadow following you.
We should constantly endeavour
to enhance ourselves, change ourselves
and transform our frame of mind.
To understand others
is to understand yourself.
Adjust your mentality
and change your state of mind.
enables us to change ourselves.
The wise are those who can understand
themselves through other people.
You harm yourself unknowingly
by creating negative karma.
Be diligent and make strenuous effort.
Inherent compassion is the root of all
You have to know your own weaknesses
before you can correct them.
To cultivate the mind is to fix the mind
with a view of improving the character,
morality and the body.
Be kind to others
from the beginning to the end,
and they will be touched.
You must repent sincerely of
whatever wrongdoing you have committed.
It is like washing the clothes or cleaning the
face. You are clean after you repent.
It is no use trying to justify
what you have done,
as everything is attributed to
the working of karma.
You will be liberated once you can think
straight and free yourself from suffering.
Desire is like a rope which ties you up
and entangles your mind.
You will be truly liberated when you can
break free from fame, gain and status.
Saying bad things about others
only makes you feel more miserable.
It is better to just let go.
The wise are those who can find
their own shortcomings in those of others.
The Bodhisattva will help everyone
to overcome all kinds of circumstances,
but the Bodhisattva’s help
depends upon your level of spiritual
and behavioural cultivation.
When good tidings are coming your way,
never conceive of any evil
thought or else misfortune will befall you.
Attachment is the cause of illusion
in the human realm.
Take things easy and refrain
from contention and quarrels with others,
then you will break free from attachment
to the self.
If Buddhism is your choice,
then any miracle can happen and
any difficulty can be resolved.
Human beings have sentiments;
those who have sentiments
would still remain a human being.
Only when ordinary love
is converted to universal love
will lotuses blossom everywhere.
Do not stray from the middle path
when you love someone.
Cultivation of the mind
is about being more and more refined.
must be self-disciplined.
You are successful
if you have strict control over your speech,
thoughts and deeds.
Extending one’s life depends on
transforming the state of mind.
To attain Buddhahood, diligence is the root,
tolerance is the foundation,
while observing precepts is the key.
has been doing two things all his life:
Charity and propagation of the Dharma.
Nothing is absolute in this world;
everything is impermanent.
One will be depressed if they are unable to
practise vegetarianism and patience in this
Age of Dharma Decline.
Be a pure person.
It is a blessing to be free of illness
Our good fortune depletes day after day.
We must replenish it by constantly
performing meritorious and virtuous deeds.
When you are with the Master,
you must endure hardship,
refrain from doing evil and do good.
We must be righteous, perfectly impartial
and selfless when cultivating the mind.
The Bodhisattva loves sentient beings
who are cultivating well.
If you are not cultivating earnestly,
no one will love you.
We live to give happiness and joy
to other people.
You are inviting trouble
when you conceive of a deluded thought.
Buddhism and spiritual cultivation,
what you must nurture
is Buddhist fraternity,
not personal relationships.
To be accomplished in practising Buddhism
and cultivating the mind,
you must first have the basis for humanity.
Only then will you be both
refined and cultured.
When you regard others as Bodhisattvas,
you are a Bodhisattva too.
When you view others as mean-spirited,
you are mean-spirited, too.
Take shelter from
the onslaught of wind and rain.
After the storm you will see your true nature.
Do not test yourself
if you can’t withstand the test.
There are two categories of people who
The first is comprised of people
who are free of distracting thoughts
and who have not come into contact with
the defilements of sensual desires
since they were young.
The other is comprised of those
who have found the jewel of wisdom.
They have found their true nature and
remain untarnished by worldly defilements.
Those who love the Bodhisattva must be
compassionate and help lead sentient
beings to the shore of liberation.
Those who love the Master must be diligent,
and not disappoint the Master.
When you encounter adverse circumstances
caused by others,
you must overcome them
in order to scale new heights.
To conduct ourselves in society,
we must adapt ourselves to
To cultivate the mind,
we must accord with karmic conditions.
No matter what happened in your previous
lives is already in the past.
Only by being grounded in the present
can you be free from suffering.
To manifest your true nature and endurance,
you need to be practical and realistic
in conducting yourself.
When you truly believe,
you start to become spiritually awakened!
If you want others to think highly of you,
you must have charisma.
Do not say or do anything casually
as you wish.
Happiness is when you are free of the pain
that comes from comparing yourself to others.
We are still far from being successful
in our spiritual cultivation,
so let us strive diligently together!
We must live wisely as if we were in heaven.
Those who lack wisdom live in misery,
as if they were in hell.
Those who can remain composed in difficult
situations will accomplish great things!
When given a chance, learn to value it,
otherwise you will lose it.
Once you steer clear of gossip and
interpersonal conflicts, you have succeeded
in your spiritual cultivation.
Only those who have control over their six
sense organs can become a Bodhisattva.
The Master takes pains to point out
your mistakes and admonish you.
You are wasting your blessing
if you refuse to mend your ways.
Cultivating the mind
is about cultivating our spirituality.
Changing our behaviour
is about cultivating our temperament.
Matters related to sentient beings must be
done promptly, whereas personal matters
can be done slowly.
Buddhist practitioners must guard against
committing karma of speech and refrain
from ridiculing others for their wrongdoings.
They must guard against committing karma
of the body and refrain from contravening
laws and proprieties.
They must guard against committing karma
of thought and remain clean and
untarnished by defilements.
You feel bitter
when you compare yourself to others.
Once you stop comparing yourself to others,
the feeling of bitterness will end.
Those who conceive of impure thoughts
are considered to be lower animals.
Those who conceive of noble thoughts
are considered to be higher animals.
Those who have a Bodhisattva’s state of
mind have transcended to the level of sages,
and they are Bodhisattvas.
You must brave the storm
before you are able to see the rainbow.
Stay happy, but do not talk nonsense
if you want to become a Bodhisattva.
Cherish whatever you have,
for it will be gone once it is lost.
You will understand the pain of loss
you once felt when you regain something
you have lost.
You are performing the ten meritorious deeds
if you are compassionate and tolerant of others.
If you can adjust your frame of mind,
you are a person of great ability.
If you gain less in the human realm,
you will gain more in heaven.
If you gain more in the human realm,
you will gain less in heaven.
Practising Buddhism is about attaining
a high level of spirituality.
A person devoid of wisdom will not
be able to practise Buddhism well.
You are a person of wisdom
if you are able to resolve any worries
that afflict you.
When opportunities knock on the door,
you must be able to withstand the temptation.
Learn to exercise self-restraint and endurance,
failing which, you will fall short of success
due to lack of a final effort.
We must endeavour to gain wisdom
and become awakened.
Only by letting go of the individual ‘lesser
self ’ can we attain the ‘greater self ’ of
benefitting all sentient beings.
Everything is impermanent,
whether pleasant or unpleasant.
It will not last long,
so we must be able to let go
when it is time to do so.
You are a sage if you change yourself.
You are a Bodhisattva
if you help others to change.
The wise are those
who have few karmic obstacles.
Awakening is about discovering something;
enlightenment is about bettering yourself.
Attachment to your own view is failure.
You will only get better and better
on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
True spiritual cultivation is about
illuminating the emptiness
of the five aggregates.
To be a man, you must conduct yourself
to perfection, failing which,
how can you be a man?
It takes three years for a person
to learn to be good,
but it takes only three days
to learn to be bad.
In this world, if you can keep
your inner mind clean and pure,
you are contemplating self-presence,
contemplating the existence of your inner mind,
and contemplating that
your inner mind is at ease.
Endurance and forbearance are the abilities
needed to transcend the self.
Life is a process which we have to go through,
be it good or bad.
Wisdom is about refraining from squabbling,
letting go, and being forgiving, tolerant,
accommodating and tactful.
When the mind is clean,
you will be happy in whatever you do.
When the mind is pure and tranquil,
you will enjoy Dharma bliss in whatever you do.
If you are happy, joyful and pleased
with whoever you look at,
you are a Bodhisattva,
and treading the right path.
Buddha nature is the light.
When your mind fails to see the light,
your Buddha nature cannot be found.
True Dharma is about rationality,
wisdom, not being clingy,
and non-attachment to the form of self,
the form of others,
the form of beings and the form of life.
Life and time are the only two things in the world
that will forever decrease, not increase.
On the contrary, age is forever on the increase
but never on the decrease.
The elevation of your level of spirituality
is the result of cultivating your mind
and changing your behaviour.
Only those who are broad-minded
can achieve great things.
Failing to awaken yourself
is the beginning of suffering.
In the course of practising Buddhism,
your wisdom will give rise
to energy and Prajna wisdom.
Doing scientific research
is like climbing a mountain.
Scientists reach the peak
only to find that Buddha
has been there waiting.
There are two truths in life:
When the money is gone,
it doesn’t belong to you anymore.
When something has happened,
it just happened and cannot be undone.
The bright path of the Buddha consists of
compassion and discipline,
which leads human beings
to be free from desires and afflictions.
When you do good,
auspicious signs will appear in the heavens.
When you do bad,
it is all recorded
in the underworld and evil signs will appear.
Buddha nature is like a flame.
How can it form into a halo
if it is not developed?
Only with Bodhisattva’s self-nature
can we cultivate to transcend
the five aggregates.
As Buddhist practitioners,
we must ask ourselves
whether what we are doing is appropriate
and whether what we are saying
is of any help to others.
This is what we call
having ‘the potential for awakening’.
We should take what other people say
or care about seriously.
Failing this means we are not qualified
as a Buddhist practitioner.
As Buddhist practitioners,
we should do more deeds and say things
which touch the hearts of others.
You are a Bodhisattva if you can speak
in a kind and pleasant manner.
It is most foolish of you to hate others.
Only by letting go can you get rid of hatred
in your heart.
Only those who have gone through
untold suffering will be thoroughly awakened.
You can conquer the suffering in your heart
by looking for something
to make you happy every day.
Karma is created by yourself
and it has nothing to do with others.
Respect is earned by cultivating wisdom, not
by contention and trickery.
It is an honour to be a Bodhisattva.
It is shameful to be selfish.
Never think of any reward
when you are kind to others.
Bodhisattvas help sentient beings
without expecting anything in return.
Accord with karmic conditions and laws in
whatever we do.
Be refined and elegant when in public.
Be appropriate and rational in thought.
A man of integrity would not yield to
the temptations of money or lust.
To forge iron, one must be strong;
it takes a tough person to be moulded into
someone morally upright in character.
We must learn to help others achieve their goals.
Helping others to receive blessings
is to help ourselves accrue merits.
Helping others to acquire merits
is to help ourselves accrue blessings.
Along the path of practising Buddhism
and cultivating our minds,
the most difficult job
is to eliminate negative karma.
Only when we are clean and pure
can we practise Buddhism well
and be free of negative karma.
Only by completely letting go of the self
and changing ourselves can we
be thoroughly awakened.
Letting go means being able to wear a smile
even though you are in pain.
As long as you are concerned about
you remain in the human realm.
For those who want to become a Bodhisattva,
you must free yourself from all sensual desires
and mundane affairs.
It does no harm to speak well of others,
and it does us no good to speak ill of others.
selfishness and distracting thoughts,
we can gradually become a Bodhisattva.
Only when we experience pain personally
can we feel the pain experienced by others.
This is how we can bring forth compassion.
The path to Buddhahood is formidable.
It takes constant diligence and relentless
self-restraint to forge ahead step by step.
Those who have no wisdom will have worries.
Those who have gained wisdom will
be able to let go and have no worries.
Whatever happens is due to the arising and
ceasing of conditions. It is all because of the
law of karma. But with the help of
Bodhisattvas, we can overcome all kinds of