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TIME AND CAUSE AND EFFECT
by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Miao Guang and Zhi Yue

A person’s morality, learning, and cultivation can be recognized by the amount of grievances which one can tolerate, and how much patience one has. If we cannot even tolerate aggrievement or injustice now, how will we be able to compromise out of consideration for the general interest in the future?

Only by learning to accept injustice can we learn to take on hardship and difficult matters. When we are able to tolerate humiliation, aggrievement, slander, and criticism while keeping our composure, without defending ourselves in any way, time will naturally bring us justice.

If you wish to be successful and fortunate, realize that the more injustice, harm, or slander you face, the more your strengths and blessings will grow. Eventually you will be well accomplished.

While others can treat me with injustice, deceit, or humiliation, rest assured that cause and effect, buddhas, and bodhisattvas will not do the same to me.

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