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TEMPLE COUPLETS III
English translation: Miao Guang

DEVA KING SHRINE, PUTUO PUJI TEMPLE

Always full of joy,
laughing at the world’s foolish people;

A bellyful of magnanimity,
taking in all the world’s unbearable matters.


SEVEN PAGODA BAOEN CHAN TEMPLE, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE

From the ten directions they come,
To the ten directions they go,

By efforts of the ten directions,
Affairs concerning the world are thus achieved.

From tens of thousands, the giving;

By tens of thousands, the contribution;

With the effort of tens of thousands,
Universal connections are thus established.


GUANYIN HALL, XIANGSHAN TEMPLE, ZUNYI

For every color and every incense
offered to the tathagatas of the ten directions,

The lotus treasury* is thus
adorned with infinite vows;

With a thousand hands and a thousand eyes
liberating sentient beings from suffering and adversity,

The mind of great compassion is thus
omnipresent in the Saha World.


LAMA TEMPLE, BEIJING

In the totality of all that have taken form on earth,
All are but conditioned dharmas;

Sharing the same essence with all sentient beings,
One should contemplate as such.


LINYANG TEMPLE, FUZHOU

After the porridge, before the rice,
Never let yourself be buried by time;

Upon the bell tolls, over the board sounds,
Always be mindful of living, and dying.

── from Fo Guang Jiaokeshu (FGS Essential Guide to Buddhism)