Behind affluence lurks sadness,
while happiness breeds afflictions.
With pure emptiness and non-action,
one attains the
‘nirvana without remainder ’.
In whatever we do, we must refrain from
being selfish; we must be open-minded
and desire nothing from others.
Then we will have wisdom
in dealing with things.
Death is the final destination of life,
so it is imperative for we Buddhist
practitioners to use the Six Paramitas to
guide ourselves out of the road to death.
The spiritually pure land means
a mind of selflessness.
Leading a monastic life of spiritual
practice enables a person
to uncover their true nature.
With in-depth understanding
comes profound liberation.
Change is the only way,
albeit with pain.
Space and time are simply reasons
for our existence.
Truth manifests more of its value
in a world of illusion.
Faith is the source of strength.
There is a price to pay for being
compassionate, and that is forbearance.
Enlightenment is gratifying,
but blunders are regrettable.
Compassion is the foundation of morality.
By living in a state of enlightenment,
you are able to see light.
Once we have awakened,
we come to realise that we have been in
a spiritual coma for too long.
There is no reason for you
not to change yourself;
there are no grounds for you
not to be spiritually awakened.
A great career begins small;
a great level of spirituality begins from
To cultivate the mind is wise;
to be awakened is to gain wisdom.
The path from cultivating the mind to
being spiritually awakened is
the process of developing wisdom.
Arguing over right and wrong or over
merits and demerits is not a wise act.
Putting one’s mind to elevating levels of
spirituality is Prajna wisdom.
Only when a person practises mindfulness
of perception and conduct to perfection
can they achieve enlightenment.
The four great aspirations refer to the
Four Boundless States of loving-kindness,
compassion, empathetic joy
Compassion is the platform
for spiritual practice.
Once awakened, one succeeds in breaking
through the shackles of delusion
and attaining enlightenment.
Cultivating the mind is a process
by which we understand life.
The body may be in the world of vanity,
but the heart is with the Buddha.
Transcend this mundane world
to attain nirvana.
Cultivating the mind is one way of
regulating the mindset by ourselves.
Causes and conditions lead to cycles of
rebirths. To break off consciousness
demonstrates the level of spirituality.
Realising the truth through meditation
gives rise to Prajna wisdom.
Extinction of all defilements is nirvana.
Fears come from the desires which lie
hidden in our heart,
so we must always be on guard.
Trustworthiness and honesty are the basic
values of Buddhist practitioners.
Awakening is a kind of spirituality while
enlightenment is a kind of wisdom.
Practise Buddhism earnestly to elevate
oneself to a higher level.
Slothfulness and greed are
the problems of human beings.
One who is diligent is like a lotus flower
which grows out of the mud
but remains untarnished.
Change comes with pain,
but the joy of Dharma
that comes with change is blissful.
The elevation of one’s level of spirituality
symbolises the elevation of one’s quality.
To depart from the human realm is
the fundamental basis
for spiritual cultivation.
is the wisdom of Bodhisattvas;
compassion is the source of
spiritual cultivation to Buddhahood.
One will only cherish something upon
realising the value of it.
Progressing from feeling moved to feeling
grateful, you gain the foundation for
The path to becoming a Bodhisattva
begins with the potential for the
realisation of Prajna wisdom.
Regret is the result of foolishness;
change is the cause of wisdom.
Awakening arises when a person realises
their mistakes and mends their ways.
The existence of consciousness is the
cause of ceaseless karma.
Consciousness arising from delusion is
merely false emptiness; the void
consciousness arising from conditioned
origination and inherent emptiness is true
Words steeped in wisdom make up the
energy field of the mind.
The potential for enlightenment originates
from one’s innate nature and actions from
the innermost part of one’s mind.
Those who can’t get along well with others
are arrogant and attached to the self.
It is noble for them to let go of the
perception of self.
Bodhisattvas silently help people in need.
One can attain eternity only by acting in
accordance with karmic conditions.
Upon experiencing real pain,
we will learn to cherish what we have
and realise that whatever we have
is the result of toil.
In life, people live in contention with each
other, vying for their self-interests.
They may gain wealth and fame,
but what they get in the end is failure.
Our hearts can be changed. It all depends
on sincerity first and then persistence.
Care and concern in the human realm
are affection; loving-kindness and
compassion in the human realm
Bear in mind that everything in the world
is perpetually changing.
You won’t feel pain as long as
you learn to view things from
the perspectives of progress and change.
Energy is formed in wisdom and enlightenment.
One who fully understands the law of
cause and effect will never have regrets.
When the heart is upright, heaven
and earth are upright too.
When the heart is evil, heaven
and earth are deviated too.
To cultivate the mind is
to reform ourselves.
With awakening comes realisation.
Enlightened ones are hard to come by.
Once you are filled with the potential
hope will bring you eternity.
The formation of our outlook on life is
reshaping the concept of equanimity.
One becomes a Buddha if one lives for
the sake of all sentient beings.
To live without worries is to be liberated.
A life without helping to elevate the
spiritual life of sentient beings is a life
Everyone seems to know about helping
sentient beings to be spiritually awakened,
but you must forget about yourself
and endure hardships so that
you can be truly committed to it.
Covering unwholesome thoughts and
words or distorting the truth amounts to
making false speech.
An interpretation of suffering is to let go.
The human realm that we live in is
a creation of our mind; all phenomena
are attributed to the mind.
A pure mind is the foundation for
elevating one’s level of spirituality.
Practising meditation itself
is realising the truth;
realising the truth itself
is Prajna wisdom.
When you realise emptiness,
you will understand the truth about Zen.
When you get rid of your inner demons,
you will discover that the ‘true self ’ is
actually a ‘false self ’.
Without going through gruelling trials
and tribulations, how can one be pure like
a lotus flower glowing with Bodhi light?
We will cherish something only when we
have lost it. This is acquired wisdom.
Affinity in itself is merely a feeling.
Do not plant the seed of affinity in your
heart, and you will succeed in having
great compassion towards all,
even with whom you have no affinities.
Life is but a dream. We can be easily
jolted awake from illusory dreams;
and dreams, like bubbles,
will eventually vanish into thin air.
By transforming the mind and perception,
one can change one’s destiny.
Having understood the pain in life,
you will know that pain
is the gift of success.
Be open-minded and study the strength
of various schools of thought.
Thoroughly understand one dharma;
then one can penetrate myriad dharmas.
This is what makes Buddha-dharma
To observe the precepts is to find the
freedom of the mind.
Conserving one’s internal energy creates
unlimited power of diligence.
Being moved gives rise to positive energy.
Only those who are frequently moved will
have frequent appreciation and insight.
Buddha nature is found in the potential
for enlightenment, whereas energy is
found in the sentiment.
Aspiring to be liberated
can be compared to a lock while
a Buddhist method is the key.
One who chooses the correct Buddhist
practice can be liberated.
Explore the innate nature from the
wisdom of sentient beings and elevate our
level of spirituality amidst simple life.
Always thinking of others
can lead us closer to the Buddha.
By observing the precepts,
we can perfect the illumination
of our innate nature.
In the face of troubles,
one who remains calm is not rash.
In the face of troubles,
one who breaks through ignorance
attains true concentration.
A calm mind will filter out
the defilements in the heart.
A mind of discipline and concentration
will filter out a myriad of
Perfection of wisdom comes from
identifying oneself with sentient beings;
the perfection of merits and virtues is
attributed to the Triple Gems of Buddha,
Dharma and Sangha.
Everyone must learn the infinite
compassion of Guan Yin Bodhisattva and
be generous and compassionate to all,
even with whom you have no affinities.
Tolerate and understand
all sentient beings.
As Buddhist practitioners, we must open
our hearts to cultivating a higher level of
spirituality. Only then are we able to
harmonise with sentient beings.
Attachment to deluded thoughts and
prejudice only serves to build a barrier
dividing ourselves from sentient beings.
When the heart becomes quieter,
the energy becomes purer.
Such energy is like tea leaves in a cup;
when they are submerged in hot water,
the fragrance of tea will permeate the air.
Giving is not the highest level of
spirituality; understanding the act of
giving is a more ideal way of cultivation.
When the cause is exterminated,
the effect becomes void.
Emptiness refers to the principle that
when one ceases to create the ‘cause ’,
the karmic seed will bear no fruit.
This is the so-called celestial law
expounded in the Buddha’s teaching;
this is the right way of cultivation.
Where there is no regret in life,
there is merit; where there is no
disgruntlement in life, there is virtue.
Where there is neither disgruntlement nor
regret, there are true merits and virtues.
Attachment is a burden that
leads to confusion,
which in turn causes pain.
Observing precepts is a kind of
one must abide by the precepts.
Any mental indulgence in sensual
pleasures amounts to breaking
At a high level of spirituality, one
experiences fewer ups and downs in life;
one who has a low level of spirituality is
Charisma which develops from one’s
cultivation is the manifestation of
Being serious is a sign of diligence,
a manifestation of wisdom.
Cows that drink water produce milk;
snakes that drink water spit out venom.
Only by learning Buddhism can we finesse
in speech and frequently praise others.
Observing the precepts is like stopping
when the traffic light turns red and
proceeding when the light turns green.
Abiding by the precepts means that one
must see no evil, speak no evil and hear
Observing the precepts is
the concept of discipline.
our words must carry weight;
we must conduct ourselves with strength.
When a person gets the ideals wrong,
they miss many opportunities.
To cultivate the mind is to be able to see
one’s own destiny and energy.
It is like seeing one’s soul.
When there is hope in the heart,
one will not be disappointed.
With the blessing of the Bodhisattva,
the Buddha Dharma becomes our lifeline.
With firm determination,
there will be hope in the heart.
Any heedlessness in the mind is
tantamount to breaking the precepts.
The process of observing the precepts is
cultivating the Way.
Act prudently from beginning to end;
remain true to our original aspiration.
Slow-flowing water runs deep;
one who is cautious in words is noble.
We need two years to learn to speak
but ten years to learn to be discreet
in what we say.
To learn to be discreet in speech is the
beginning of spiritual practice.
The distinction between ‘doing’ and
‘non-doing’ lies in intention and purpose.
The former is attached to appearances
while the latter breaks through the
attachments to four kinds of appearances.
Doing something without expecting any
reward shows the ability to avoid
attachment to appearances.
Liberated from the cycle of rebirth are
those who are no longer subject to birth
When it comes to reciting Buddhist
scriptures, we must recite the right ones.
We must conduct ourselves with
uprightness and nobility.
Those who are awakened are matured
spiritually. Those who harbour immature
thoughts for a long time will develop
autism and depression.
One must be morally upright so evil
will not affect them.
It is most important
to nurture a kind heart.
Kindness is a gift bestowed
to us by the Bodhisattva.
People who are kind to others
are rewarded with kindness.
Those who perpetually do good
are virtuous; those who do not
care much about wealth
will have people rally around them;
Those who are disciplined will convince
people; those who are tolerant will win
over the hearts of many; those who take
initiatives will become leaders.
Regard hardships as contributing factors
to our betterment.
We will not cultivate the mind well
without the tests of tribulations.
The more adversities we encounter,
the more merits and virtues we attain in
fulfilling our Buddhist practice.
Do not regard pain as everlasting.
We need to search our Buddha nature
in the midst of pain.
It is easy to let ourselves off the hook but
difficult to be tolerant of others.
Those who suffer the most are those who
have to wait in agony for the
consequences of their own action.
If we wish to break free from the vexations
of life, we must never trap ourselves in our
lives, which are hard to come by.
A man of great wisdom does not care
about worldly matters; hence they appear
foolish; whereas a fool pretends to know
everything; hence they appear wise.
Be tolerant of others and take a step
back, you will see a wider perspective.
A wise man is willing to forgive others.
The Buddha Dharma is the philosophy of
the human realm.
People who are muddleheaded can only
be wise sometimes, whereas people who
think they are clever are muddleheaded at all times.
To let go of excessive desires
is the beginning of liberation.
Greatness comes from the ordinary.
It is important to know one’s own
When it comes to cultivating the mind,
it is important to know
one’s own shortcomings.
One kind of potential for enlightenment
can generate a myriad of wisdom.