Enlightenment should be the objective of
practising Buddhism and
cultivating the mind.
We must practise kindness and remove evil
thoughts from our minds, replace negative
relationships with positive ones,
and use wholesome thoughts
to let go of all karmic affinities.
As Buddhist practitioners, we must forget
about our accomplishments once we have
achieved them so we will have no worries.
We must bear in mind our mistakes so we
will not repeat them.
We must seek wisdom when we encounter
problems so we can resolve them.
We may not be clever,
but we must not be confused.
We may not be great,
but we must not slacken.
We may fall,
but we must be able to pick ourselves up.
It is more important to have
mental clarity than to be clever.
Having good habits brings more energy
than the mastering of skills.
Buddhists must not harm themselves by
harbouring the slightest negative thought.
It may be fine if you bear
a grudge against others for a month.
However, if you bear it for a year,
two years or even three years,
it will only cause you serious harm.
We come into and leave this world
We should let go naturally, liberate ourselves
naturally, and become a Buddha naturally.
The act of cherishing is a virtue.
By cherishing your relationships with others,
you will be rewarded with sincerity.
By cherishing friendship,
you will be rewarded with affection.
Cherishing every tree and blade of grass
shows you are a compassionate and
Cherishing the Dharma shows you
are a person of great wisdom.
We are all caught up in the arising
and ceasing of karmic conditions,
both large and small,
that change constantly and unceasingly.
Our lives start from the transformation of
karmic conditions until their end,
resulting in extinction.
As Buddhist practitioners,
we must understand that if we are unable to
practise altruism and help sentient beings,
we will never attain the state of
’emptiness of the self ‘.
If we cannot empty our thoughts,
we will not realise the state of
’emptiness of the Dharma’.
Our minds should not become entangled in
the concept of right and wrong.
If our minds do not make judgments
of right and wrong, there will also be no
conflicts and contradictions.
Understanding your mind and realising
your true nature is about seeing through
the nature of birth and death.
Once you know that the human soul
will not become extinct,
you will realise the importance of
We need to repent our negative karma.
Though we can eliminate many karmic
obstacles by reciting Buddhist scriptures,
we must not create new negative karma
Only then can our blessings and wisdom grow.
True cultivation is about cultivating
ourselves without seeking shortcuts.
True cultivation yields the result that
corresponds to the Buddha nature.
Once the corresponding result appears,
all calamities can be eliminated.
We should use our wisdom
to turn the illusory world into a state
where something arises out of nothing,
and where within nothing,
there is something.
In the world of emptiness,
the illusory self arises.
We should cultivate the spiritual existence,
which can remain in this
illusory world forever.
In the meantime, in the physical world,
we should cultivate to transcend illusion and
discover our true Buddha nature.
When you conduct yourself with kindness,
you will nurture boundless love.
Kindness should permeate every aspect of
your life and career.
Hence, you will enjoy good health
and smooth sailing in your career.
People who are generous will have peace of
mind brought by wisdom.
People who are morally upright will possess
integrity and a noble character.
In practising Buddhism, delighting others is
called compassion, and delighting yourself is
Once you know what to do, you should
immediately follow through instead of
finding excuses to hinder yourself.
Success is achieved by those who act.
Once you hear and have faith in Buddhism,
exercise strong faith to put it into action.
This is what Buddhists call
‘faith, commitment and action’.
As we live in the world,
it is only by diligently taking action
that we can gain real knowledge.
When we practise Buddhism,
it is only by making every effort to help
sentient beings to awaken spiritually that
the Buddha can stay in our hearts forever.
Everyone has, at one time or another,
experienced trauma related to family,
children or business.
This, in fact, represents a kind of maturity.
Every trauma that you have experienced
reminds you that nothing in this world is
perfect or permanent.
When you can’t change others,
it is best to change yourself.
Only by changing yourself can you gradually
Only by completely changing yourself can
you eventually change your world.
You can’t move a mountain towards you, but
you can move towards the mountain.
Buddhist practitioners must place filial
piety above everything else and regard
compassion as a foundation.
Thus, we should regard those who
are older than us as our elders,
those who are younger as our children,
and those who are of the same age
as our siblings.
Then we can truly have
Only through understanding that life is
impermanent and perpetually changing will
we cherish our limited lifetime.
Let go of meaningless attachments, and face
life’s afflictions and vexations with
Buddhist practitioners must be aware that
arrogance represents disappointment
whereas humility represents clarity.
Lower your head and you will reach the
pinnacle of life.
Those who love only themselves and not
other sentient beings will have an extremely
Only when you have sentient beings in your
heart will you know why you have not become lost.
Inner misery is due to not having wisdom
and sentient beings in your heart.
Only when we truly understand ourselves
can we trust others, understand sentient
beings and possess wisdom.
The friendships and relationships between
individuals all depend on firstly,
affinities, and secondly, sincerity.
Buddhist practitioners must always
remember that what truly lies in the depths
of our heart is unconditional love and
unreserved, unspoken compassion.
Practising Buddhism teaches you
how to conduct yourself.
The Dharma helps you understand
the law of cause and effect.
Learn to make room for
a pure land in your heart.
Having a pure land in your heart
will leave you with a mind that is
well-adjusted to sentient beings.
We must value time and cherish life.
Be passionate about life, live life to the
fullest, cherish it and value it.
To survive is to succeed,
to earn money is only a game,
to be healthy is our aim,
and to be liberated is the truth.
One who has a sincere heart
will have friends;
one who has a kind heart
will have compassion.
When one has compassion,
one has the Buddha nature.
Being ordinary is great,
being strong is long lasting,
but only being compassionate is eternal.
Only when you frequently recite Buddhist
scriptures and become less troubled by
worries will your pure mind and compassion emerge.
Even if you are unhappy,
do not disrupt the happiness of others.
Even if you experience failure, do not slacken.
Everything in the world is impermanent and
even though you have failed,
things would change if you are persistent
and make relentless effort.
Do not attempt to predict or make
assumptions about the future;
it is most important to look at the present.
The Diamond Sutra states that
‘ The past is unattainable, the present is
unattainable, the future is unattainable’.
Let bygones be bygones.
The future is still in the process of cultivation.
Take good hold of the present and you will
enjoy Dharma bliss now.
Many people’s hearts are forever closed,
like rooms with locked doors.
Unwilling to engage with others,
they become withdrawn.
When you know the door to your heart is
closed, learn to open it and liberate yourself.
Everything is a result of karma.
In this world, love and hate do not arise
Having learnt Buddhism, we learn to give
and to be compassionate to all.
As Buddhist practitioners,
we should care for and repay the kindness of
our parents without complaint.
Practise kindness and compassion in
accordance with karmic conditions.
If we have compassion, our lives will
certainly be transformed for the better.
The Dharma is capable of solving the
problems of modern life.
The Dharma is not history, but the key to
solving life’s issues and worries.
As we practise Buddhism, it is essential that
we know what kindness is.
Kindness is about helping others with
all of your heart.
According to the law of cause and effect,
karmic retribution is certain when it ripens.
How then do we extricate ourselves from this
karmic cycle? The best solution is to exert
effort on the ’cause’.
This is how karma works:
When you give wealth, you receive wealth.
When you let go of worries,
you gain wisdom.
When you let go of the self,
you gain happiness.
Your academic qualifications are in the past,
your intellect is in the present.
Do not let the mind engage in mischief and
conceive of calculating thoughts.
Refrain from doing evil.
Instead, think good thoughts and help
Think always of being a Bodhisattva and
your mind will become like that of a
Constantly think of and learn from the
Bodhisattva’s noble qualities.
Future generations will praise your
compassion, your kindness and your
charitable and meritorious deeds.
Those who cultivate their minds
must learn the ways of the Bodhisattva
and use them at all times.
We need to handle change with ease.
Act in accord with karmic conditions when
misfortunes arise and be grateful when
blessed with good fortunes.
Let nature take its course.
If a Buddhist practitioner is well-versed in
Dharma but still behaves like an ordinary
person when faced with worries and lets
anger get the better of them when matters
arise, then it indicates that they have not
been cultivating well.
Having an unwholesome state of mind
may easily result in the accumulation of
When you hate others and always look at
the dark side of things,
you will be caught up in karmic obstacles.
If you become excessively fixated on
dealing with worldly issues,
regrets will await you and your karmic
obstacles will increase in vexation.
If you handle things appropriately with
Dharma wisdom, your heart will be filled
with Dharma joy.
Worry not about the future toward which
you are yet to exert effort.
Instead, work hard at what is left
to be done in the present.
If you wish to attain the right intention of
Bodhisattvas, you have to change your
Success in your career depends on effort;
Change depends on effort;
Buddhist practice depends on effort.
Reality and your ideals always alternate
between pain, suffering, failure and success.
What remains unchanged is patience and
Do not indulge in pleasures
when you are young.
Do not wait till you experience its efficacy
before practising Buddhism.
You must be persistent.
Only then will your prayers be answered.
You feel pressure because others are working
harder than you.
You experience even greater pressure
because those successful people never stop
Those who are jealous of others
are the least successful.
Hard work doesn’t necessarily pay off
immediately. When you fail, that doesn’t
mean you will never succeed. It is just that
you are still sowing the seeds of success.
Instead of complaining about not being
respected, change yourself to be
Happy are those who are contented;
their happiness will endure.
Have faith in Bodhisattvas that everything
will be arranged for the best.
Bear in mind that this is not the final
arrangement but the best arrangement.
To recite Buddhist sutras and mantras is to
communicate with Bodhisattvas.
Frequently performing recitations allows
Bodhisattvas to understand and bless you.
It is essential for Buddhist practitioners to
observe the precepts, and most importantly,
to guard against greed for monetary gain
and sensual lust.
The size of a temple and the social status of
a person are immaterial.
So long as you are sincere in cultivating your
mind, prayers will be answered.
As you attain a higher level in your spiritual
cultivation, the Dharma Protectors will be
stricter with you.
A day without Zen (meditative
concentration) is a day without wisdom.
Walk the path of the Bodhisattva;
Think the thoughts of the Bodhisattva;
Speak the words of the Bodhisattva,
You will then become a Bodhisattva
in the human realm.
If you cause others to conceive of
evil or wrongful thoughts,
you will beget karmic obstacles.
If you cause others to conceive thoughts
about you, you have to bear the burden of
their negative karma.
Life is like playing a game of football;
a brief lapse of mindfulness will cause you
to be sent off the field.
Compassion is an ideal, a state of mind; it is
light that radiates from one’s innate nature.
The Bodhisattva’s wisdom embraces the
human realm, bringing infinite compassion
One who is happy is in heaven;
one who worries is heading downwards.
One who can still have a hearty laugh while
recalling the past is one who has let go of
Dignity is not found in one’s external
appearance, but rather in one’s inner
Being able to make others think straight
Through propagating the Dharma,
we not only achieve our goal but also
illuminate the path for others.
Being greatly merciful and greatly
compassionate means loving other people
more than yourself.
People who keep a low profile are attached to
nothing. Those who learn to lower their
heads possess wisdom and courage.
Being aware of the suffering experienced by
sentient beings enables us to rouse their
Universal love can sometimes appear selfish
because those who pursue it leave their
families. But this love is, in fact, truly
universal because it achieves a greater good.
Use collective wisdom to conquer
your own thoughts.
Great acts of kindness may seem to be
merciless whereas minor acts of kindness
may seem to be great evil.
When doing good, one needs to take the
effect into consideration.
A petty person will look upon a Bodhisattva
as yet another petty person,
whereas a Bodhisattva will look upon
another Bodhisattva always as a
Our thoughts can shape our lives.
Good thoughts will make us
cheerful and bring us happiness.
Erroneous thoughts will lead us
astray and even cost us our lives!
Do all kinds of good and you will attain
Eliminate all evil thoughts and you will reap
Everything in life is due to self-awareness;
it all depends on our choices.
Life is impermanent and everything is
subject to formation, existence, decay and
Refusing to budge from delusion will only
land you in the sea of suffering.
Cultivate diligently and the shore of
Enlightenment will be in sight.
Those who constantly think of themselves
are petty. Those who are devoted to serving
others have a noble character.
Thoughts arise unceasingly as long as we
live. Failing to control our thoughts will land
us in the cycle of birth and death.
People who have accrued merits and virtues
have Buddha nature.
When they apply their Buddha nature to
perform good deeds,
they accrue merits and virtues.
One must be able to see the light and future
and break free from their afflictive
obstructions or else they will be unable to
find the path back to heaven.
In cherishing, we possess.
It’s because we fail to cherish something
that we lose it.
Everyone must know that, in this world,
we must learn to transcend the ‘self ‘.
When faced with difficulties, many will say
that there is nothing they can do.
In this world, there is always a solution.
It is just that you wish to reap without
sowing and you don’t want to work for it.
Buddhist practitioners must have a clear
conscience, only then will you live up to your
Deluded people are attached to materialism,
holding onto their own interests and acting
only for their own benefit.
Enlightened people have Prajna wisdom;
they apply their wisdom to solve problems
that they encounter in everyday life.
The deluded mind is the source of suffering.
When you are intent on getting what is
beyond your reach, failing to do so causes
you to suffer.
As we live, we must always be cheerful and
think of the positive side of things and be
One who has no self has attained a high
level of spirituality.
One who clings to the self cannot make
Once you are able to think straight,
the whole world goes your way
and the world seems beautiful to you.
Once you have criticised someone, you
should treat them better.
The more you want them to be good, the
more you must point out their shortcomings.
When you are able to illuminate the
emptiness of the Five Aggregates, you are
able to eliminate all hindrances in life.
When a person has no wandering thoughts,
what remains in their memory is the
knowledge of right thoughts.
When you sow kindness,
you gain compassion.
Only by helping others
can you achieve your aims.
The basis of Buddhism is kindness,
compassion and abstinence from false
Others may forgive your shortcomings, but
you must not forgive yourself, otherwise you
will not correct your mistakes.
Zen is about gentleness within strength,
and strength within gentleness.
Strength and gentleness complement each other.
We should be strong when the situation
warrants it and be gentle when the need arises.
If ‘strength’ is stretched to its limit, it will break.
On the other hand,
we cannot get things done if we are too gentle.
In practising Buddhism, what is most
important is to correct erroneous thinking.
If you think clearly,
you can make headway in all matters.
On the other hand,
if you can’t think clearly,
everything will stand in your way.
The process of learning is like sowing seeds;
it all depends on the right timing, favourable
conditions and interpersonal harmony for
the seed of enlightenment to grow.
Only then will Prajna wisdom develop.
We must first learn well
if we wish to achieve success.
When practising Buddhism and spiritual
cultivation, one who doesn’t observe the
precepts is not compassionate.
A person must have faith.
A person without faith
is like a person without a soul.
A person who experiences no pressure
will not correct their shortcomings.
Practising Buddhism is a tough climb,
but joy awaits at the summit.
As there are many difficulties on the way,
perseverance is a must.
Buddhist practitioners must rely on their
potential for enlightenment and wisdom in
order not to waste away their time.
We can only attain the Bodhisattva’s level
of spirituality when we thoroughly break off
human emotional ties.
Practising Buddhism and spiritual
cultivation is truly good; taking the middle
way is of utmost importance.
One who has the courage to assume
responsibility is noble-minded; one who
always wants to evade responsibilities will
see the beginning of foolishness.
People who desire nothing
are noble in character.
People who have no desires will be respected,
and their minds remain calm.
Buddhist practitioners must act like a clock
to constantly regulate their frame of mind.
We must confess when we have done
something wrong because
trustworthiness is of great importance.
Confessing our mistakes indicates
Concealing our mistakes will lead to
Buddhist practitioners must be serious.
Do not conceive unwholesome thoughts with
Do not lie to Dharma Protectors.
Do not joke with your own spiritual life.
While practising Buddhism and spiritual
cultivation every day,
we must make progress every day,
and get closer to the noble level
of heaven every day.
Every crisis precedes a turning point.
Those who are not awakened will live a life
riddled with blunders.
Sooner or later our image will decline
but our wisdom remains forever.
Hence, we should get rid of our attachment
to the self.
When someone is down and out,
we mustn’t rub salt into their wounds.
We need to rejoice when
seeing others in good times.
When someone says something bad about us,
we must exercise forbearance and diligence.
When someone speaks well of us,
we must avoid becoming arrogant.
While in the human realm,
train your heart to be compassionate
so that you can return to heaven.
If you still harbour greed, hatred and
delusion, you will not achieve any level of
spirituality in this life.
To be grateful is to cherish;
to cherish is to be grateful.
We can only change ourselves by repenting.
There is no chance for us to change without
Morality can be used to make up for the
inadequacy of our wisdom,
but wisdom cannot be used to
make up for the inadequacy of our morality.
Though we are human beings with emotions,
we must treat feelings with equanimity.
As we can’t take with us anything from the
mortal world, we must look beyond it.
Human relationships are not eternal.
A father said to his son,
“I love you very much but I’m going to send
you to a place far away so that you won’t be
too sad when I die.”
Such is the compassion and love of a father.
A good captain is always ready to correct
the course of navigation.
Success of an individual lies in constantly
If weather and temperature can be adjusted,
why can’t you adjust your life?
Don’t take things too seriously,
then you won’t hurt yourself.
If you take things lightly, you will be able to
quickly get through the hurdles in life.
By taking things too seriously,
you will get stuck in a quagmire with no way
of extricating yourself.
In practising Buddhism, one must maintain
strong faith and persist without slackening.
Spiritual progress cannot be made by merely
listening to others.
The mental states of normality and
abnormality are measured by one’s level of
wisdom and morality.
Attachment to dharmas includes
attachment to the methods
and teachings of Buddhism.
For instance, a smoker would argue that
the five precepts make no mention of
abstinence from smoking!
It is only when you eliminate your ignorance
through cultivation that you will discover
your previous attachment to dharmas.
It takes relentless cultivation to eliminate
the attachment to the self and delusion,
only then can you eradicate attachment to
Being grateful means understanding the law
of cause and effect.
Gratitude will arise when one makes an
effort to understand the cause.
A Bodhisattva is one who helps sentient
beings to develop their good spiritual
foundations, positive affinities and moral
The unfathomable connection of affinities is
a by-product of impermanence.
The arising and ceasing of karmic conditions
as well as the phases of formation, existence,
decay, and emptiness are all associated with
Where there is matter, there is extinction,
but the spirituality is eternal.
Practising Buddhism and cultivating the
mind is all about maintaining the spiritual
Live in the present, forget the past and look
forward to the future.
Break away from the suffering of hell and
enjoy the Dharma bliss of the Pure Land.
Through cultivation, our minds become
increasingly pure and sincere.
If you can think straight when faced with an
issue, this is regarded as good affinity.
On the other hand, it is regarded as negative
affinity if you can’t think straight.
Both are considered to be karmic affinities,
be it good or bad.
It all depends on how you deal with it.
In whatever we do, we must know how to let
go of the ‘self ‘.
Buddhist practitioners will not give up
The worldly pleasures enjoyed by mortals are
not true happiness.
Bodhisattvas help people to achieve
spiritual attainment according to the level of
“Bodhisattvas” are those who can let go of
themselves to accomplish the state of ‘no-self ‘.
Human beings are divided into three grades
according to their spiritual attainment.
Those who help people readily are in the
upper grade; those who act in accordance
with karmic conditions are in the middle
grade, while those who observe the precepts
are in the lower grade.
Awaken immediately and do not be confused
by worldly desires.
If you fail to become awakened, how will you
know where your true home is?
Transform the Five Aggregates into
‘positivity’, and the ‘eight types of suffering’
into real happiness.
If there is no ‘self ’, the attachment to
dharmas will not arise.
Hence, the human factor is important.
If we fail to free ourselves of worldly concerns,
we cannot end our attachment to dharmas,
and we will remain in an ignorant state.
If we wish to become a Buddha,
we must eliminate ignorance
(even a thought of it),
and extinguish our attachment to the ‘self ‘.
When we integrate wisdom and the Dharma
into our life, we can transcend the vexations
of the human realm and reach the shore of liberation.
We must view everything as changeable,
only then will we understand impermanence.
Everything is perpetually changing.
Let meditative concentration lead us to
Those who practise equanimity
are able to contemplate karmic conditions
in a positive way.
Those who are easily agitated are unable to
act in accordance with karmic conditions.
Being a Bodhisattva in the human realm is
all about a kind of potential for
When we regard an issue we encounter as
something normal, we will slowly adjust and
remain calm no matter what happens.
Every thought that we conceive, our state of
mind, and how we conduct ourselves in daily
life, should all remain the same no matter
what we encounter, because humans all live
within a concept of reality.
Those who are able to solve any issue have
Prajna wisdom; those who have worries
when faced with an issue are devoid of wisdom.
Those who observe the precepts will not be
arrogant; those who believe in sentient
beings will have no doubt.
Contemplate the spiritual state
your inner mind is in.
If you constantly contemplate yourself as
within the Buddha realm,
you will transcend the human realm