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

The truly noble man, honest and gentle,
Should be admitting and adaptable like a gracefully winding stream;
Regardless of whether the streamlet is big or small,
All rivers merge into the great ocean.

Allow others to be right,
And be willing to be wrong;
Thaw the frigidness of our hearts.
Allow others to be great,
And be willing to be small;
Eliminate our arrogance.

Allow others to have things,
And be willing to go without;
Untangle the knots of our attachments.

Allow others to be happy,
And be willing to suffer;
Learn from the compassion of the bodhisattvas.

English translation: Zhi Yue

Life is all about transforming situations. For example, we need to be able to transform what is overwhelming into small matters, suffering into happiness, ignorance into enlightenment, and unwholesomeness into righteousness.

The key to cultivation is to transform all negative circumstances into positive ones. Finding the courage to accept, the virtue to transform and evolve afflictions into perfect wisdom, Bodhi, are important points of Humanistic Buddhism practice.

── from Hsing Yun Shuo Yu (Hsing Yun’s Commentaries on Allegories)