Those who are capable of patience can be called strong and
superior. If a person cannot happily endure being reviled by others
as if drinking sweet dew, then they cannot be counted among the
If we can concentrate without wavering, there is nothing that we
Being clothed with a sense of shame is the foremost adornment.
Anger is like a fire raging in the mind. Prevent it and do not let it
enter your mind. The worst thief of merit and virtue is anger.
With diligence, nothing is difficult. It is like a little stream that by
its continuous flow can wear through a stone.
If people uphold the precepts with purity, they will possess the
good Dharma. Without upholding precepts with purity, no merits
will accrue. That is why the precepts are the first seat of peace and
Treat all food and drink like medicine. They can be beneficial and
harmful; take in moderation to sustain the body and eliminate
hunger and thirst.
When eating, one should be as a bee collecting pollen from a
flower, seeking only its essence, never looking to its fragrance or
quantity. Do not spoil the good intentions behind the offering.
Be like the wise, who has estimated the load that suits the ability
of his ox, and does not exceed that amount or exhaust its strength.