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FAMILY TEACHINGS OF SIMA GUANG
by Sima Guang (1019 - 1086, Song Dynasty)
English translation: John Balcom

Accumulate gold for your descendants,
And your descendants might not save it.
Accumulate books for your descendants,
And your descendants might not read them.
It would be better to privately accumulate merit
for them in this life
To make long-term plans for them.

This is a maxim of the ancient sages And something for later generations to think upon.

── from Gujin Tushu Jicheng (Complete Collection of Illustrations and Writings from the Earliest to Current Times)


AXLE OF ADVICE
by Lin Zexu (1785 - 1850, Qing Dynasty)
English translation: John Balcom

Such thoughts which are unwholesome,
do not think of them.
Such people who are unwholesome,
do not associate with them.
That which you have not seen,
do not speak of.
That which is unjust to receive, do not take.

When healthy, think of yourself as ill,
and you will protect yourself.
When wealthy, think of yourself as poor,
and you will protect your family.

── from Fo Guang Shan Mingjia Bairen Beiqiang (Fo Guang Shan Benefactor's Wall)