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CASUAL INSTRUCTIONS
by Yulin Tongxiu (1614 - 1675, Qing Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

True manner is when empty words are omitted,
while sincerity and respect upheld.
True standard is when the meretricious is admonished,
while frugality advocated.
True dealing is when distance from the cunning and
fawning is kept, while gap with the benevolent and honest closed.
True stance is when awareness in cause and effect is
shown, and distinction between transgression
and merit maintained.
True tradition is when contentment in tranquility
and simplicity is shown, while shame in
deliberate pursuits felt.

── from Dajue Puji Nengren Yulin Xiu Guoshi Yulu (Records of the National Master Yulin)


LINES DESCRIBING HUIJU TEMPLE
by Emperor Yongzheng (1687 - 1735, Qing Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

Thus is the mind, thus the Buddha,
yet the true is untrue;
What is not the Buddha is not the mind,
while the untrue is true.
Try severing both the true and untrue
in sitting meditation;
Who cares what the mind
and the Buddha rely on?

── from Fo Guang Jiaokeshu Wang Wei's Poetry by Yong Zheng (FGS Essential Guide to Buddhism)