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

In this world, it is not important to have money, fame, or fortune. What is important is that “I have joy.” What meaning is there in life if we have everything in this world but are not joyful?

Joy is sharing and co-owning what we have with others while not being envious of what others have; this type of unselfish and altruistic joy is the most valuable happiness in the world.

Joy brightens the world with color and fills life with hope. If one lives without joy, with only worry and sorrow, then one does not know how to live life; it is natural for life to have both joy and sadness. Moreover, the ability to be joyful and free from worry is an even higher cultivation. Allowing life to be filled with joy is in fact the wisest attitude towards it.

── from Renjian Fojiao Yulu (Record of Teachings on Humanistic Buddhism)