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STRENGTH COMES FROM ENDURANCE
by Bai Juyi (772 - 846, Tang Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

Confucius endured hunger,
Yen Hui endured poverty,
Min Sun endured the cold,
Han Xin endured humiliation,
Zhang Gong endured his household,
Lou Gong endured insult.
Amongst those who became sages
from the ancient times,
performed deeds of merit,
and were well established, none
would have been able to do
so without the strength of patience.

── from Rennai Zhi Ren Fangneng Cheng Daqi (Only Patience Leads to Greatness)


RANDOM TALK III

I offer a way to settle your doubts
Without the need for drilled shells or yarrow stalks.
Passing three full days in the furnace,
real jade is thus authenticated;
After waiting out seven years,
good material is finally recognized.
The Duke of Zhou feared rumorful days,
Wang Mang appeared humble and respectful
until he usurped the throne.
Suppose their deaths came early,
Who would have recognized their hypocrisy or genuineness?

── from Quan Tang Shi (Complete Collection of Tang Poems)


THE MERITS OF PATIENCE
by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Zhi Yue

Being patient or impatient is usually a tell-tale sign of whether a person is worthy of respect. The greatest strength in this world is the power of patience. It can transform one into a person of honor. For example, being able to remain patient despite hunger, poverty, greed, anger, suffering, and difficulties; such power is not what meditation or upholding precepts can compare with, for the merits of patience are vast and give rise to limitless accomplishments.

── from Renjian Fojiao Congshu (Collection of Works on Humanistic Buddhism)