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SONG OF THE SIX PERFECTIONS AND BEING MINDFUL OF THE BUDDHA

by Ouyi Zhixu (1599 - 1655, Ming Dynasty)
English translation: You Zai

To be truly mindful of the Buddha, let go of attachments to one’s body, mind, and worldly affairs; this is the practice of great generosity.

To be truly mindful of the Buddha, do not give rise to the thoughts of greed, hatred, and ignorance; this is the practice of great morality.

To be truly mindful of the Buddha, do not calculate the rights and wrongs of oneself and others; this is the practice of great tolerance.

To be truly mindful of the Buddha, do not be disrupted or distracted; this is the practice of great diligence.

To be truly mindful of the Buddha, do not give rise to deluded thoughts or pursue them; this is the practice of great concentration.

To be truly mindful of the Buddha, do not be confused by any delusions; this is the practice of great wisdom.

SELF REQUIREMENT
English translation: Miao Guang

The inferior man places the blames of his faults onto others,
and always resents heaven and begrudges others.

The superior man takes on the blames of others’ faults himself,
and always reflects on what is required of himself.

── from Lingfeng Ouyi Dashi Zonglun (Collected Writings of Master Lingfeng Ouyi)