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BEAUTIFUL HEART, BEAUTIFUL WORLD
by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Zhi Yue

A beautiful world starts with ourselves. When we find ourselves complaining about being neglected in interpersonal relationships, we should change the situation by exuding warmth ourselves. When we feel helpless amidst a chaotic society, we should start the changes ourselves by following the rules and maintain our innocence through self-discipline.

When we sigh about the trends of utilitarianism demands, why not lead the changes by being compassionate, loving, equanimous, and selfless ourselves? Building a beautiful new world begins with each and every one’s hearts.

── from Hsing Yun Shuo Yu (Hsing Yun’s Commentaries on Allegories)


THE BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE ON FORTUNE AND LONGEVITY

It is said in the sutras, “Our present fortune is accumulated by our ancestors, thus they must be cherished. Our future fortunes will bless our children and grandchildren, thus they must be cultivated. Our present fortunes are like a lamp whose oil will be exhausted as we keep burning it. Our future fortunes will be the oil that is added to the lamp; the more we add, the brighter the lamp.” We must learn to seize our present fortunes as well as causes and conditions, while diligently cultivating them for the future. In this way, good fortune and happiness will always follow wherever we go, and we will always reap sweet and beautiful fruits.

── from Renjian Fojiao Xilie (Humanistic Buddhism Series)