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TEMPLE COUPLETS I
UPPER TIANZHU TEMPLE, HANGZHOU (FAXI TEMPLE)
English translation: John Balcom

Rough and rugged is the way of the world;
Watch the confused people spur
Themselves up the mountain,
Struggling for advantages
On cliffs with no way back.
Compassionate is the Buddha and Heaven;
Wishing that sentient beings
Turn their heads and find a safe harbor,
And quickly cross the sea of suffering
In the boat of loving kindness.


GUANGSHENG TEMPLE, ZHAOCHENG

Effects have causes, causes have effects,
If there is an effect, there is a cause.
Whichever cause is planted, such will be the fruit.
The mind is the Buddha, the Buddha is the mind,
There is mind, there is Buddha.
If you wish to seek Buddhahood, first seek the mind.


DHARMA KING TEMPLE, DENGFENG
English translation: Miao Guang

Be a good person, with a mind that is upright,
body that is at ease, and spirit at peace.
Do some good deeds,
which will be detected by Heaven and Earth,
and assessed by gods and spirits.


PUTUO PUJI TEMPLE
English translation: Linda Tsui

The evening bell and morning drum*
Startles and awakens all those who seek fame and profit;
The sounds of the sutras and the Buddha’s name
Calls those who are deluded to return from the sea of suffering.

── from Foguang Jiaokeshu (Fo Guang Essential Guide to Buddhism)

NOTE: The evening bell and morning drum refers to signals that mark the beginning and end of disciplined Buddhist monastic practice each day.