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by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Man Ho, Zhi Yue, and Terrie Martinez

Real wealth is joy, not money.
Real poverty is ignorance, not lack of money.*

We, not others, are our own worst enemy.
The greatest victory is not conquering others,
but conquering ourselves.

Influential people are at their best
when they do not flaunt their power.
Important people are great only
when they rely on their character, not their position.*

The more hardships and setbacks we experience,
the more supportive conditions we will have.
The more committed and willing to learn,
the greater our potential in breaking our limits.

When baffled, don’t be upset.
When frightened, be carefree.
When criticized, examine yourself and change.
When frustrated, work harder.*

── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan