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

The Three Acts of Goodness are the most beautiful acts in the world;

Mastering the Three Acts of Goodness is most worthy of being proud;

Do good deeds, speak good words, think good thoughts;

Nothing is comparable to these Three Acts of Goodness.

Look! Do good deeds:

Lending a helping hand yields wondrous merit;

Service and dedication are like the full moon shining in the skies.

Listen! Speak good words:

Compassionate and loving words are like the winter sun;

Encouragement and praise are like the fragrance of flowers following you from everywhere.

Think! Think good thoughts:

Sincerity and good causes yield good effects;

The presence of a sage in one’s mind is like a fertile field ready to yield a good harvest.

So let us all come together and

Do good deeds, speak good words, and think good thoughts;

How wonderful it is to be pure!

You do good deeds; I speak good words;

They think good thoughts.

You are well; I am well; They are well;

Everybody will be well.

Wellness is the treasure of our world;

And The Three Acts of Goodness are the most beautiful acts we have;

This is why the Three Acts of Goodness are the most important practices in the world.

── from Renjian Yinyuan (Sounds of the Human World)

NOTE: Speaking good words is saying what is true, doing good deeds is doing what is virtuous, and thinking good thoughts is having a beautiful heart. Purifying the three karmas of body, speech, and mind leads to a bountiful life. Having wisdom is to have prajna, being humane is to have a compassionate heart, and having courage is to have bodhi mind. Wisdom, compassion, and bodhi are the three virtues in life that allow society to become even more auspicious and peaceful.