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PEACEFUL MIND, PEACEFUL LIFE

by Zheng Xie (1693 - 1765, Qing Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

To be at gain creates the cause for one to be at loss; to be at loss means the start for one to be at gain.

One’s loss will become a benefit for others. On the outside, the gain is calmness acquired by others, while on the inside is peace of mind for the self. Having both calmness and peace, one is thus blessed with good fortune.

THE OCCASIONAL MINDLESS

It is hard to be clever, and also hard to be mindless.
It is even harder, to turn your cleverness into mindlessness.

Let go, and take a step back; it is all about gaining instant peace of mind rather than coveting for future gains and merits.

ON BAMBOO AND ROCK

Biting tightly onto the green mountains, not letting go;
Roots already taken deeply in creviced boulders.

Still resilient after endless grinding and hammering;
Withstanding winds from every direction.

── from Banqiao Quanji(Complete Works of Banqiao)