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IMPERFECTION IS ALSO BEAUTY

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

Don’t wish for a full round moon;
deficiency also has beauty. Don’t seek possessions;
pleasure without property is wealth.

Hoarding without use is like not having.
Money you don’t know how to use is worthless.
Better use well what you have than try to own more.
Property is empty possession unless you have wisdom to use it well.

── from The Everlasting Light


English translation: Tom Manzo and Shujan Cheng

When giving is considered having,There is no greed.
When business is considered joy,There is no bitterness.
When diligence is considered wealth,There is no poverty.
When patience is considered strength,There is no fear.

── from Humble Table, Wise Fare

NOTE: Everything in this world is impermanent and has the characteristic of emptiness. With an ordinary mind, it will not matter whether we have something or nothing, as all matters are as unreal as flowers in a mirror, and moon in the water.
When we have something, we can live without worry. When we have nothing, we can also live with perfect ease through the experience of limitlessness, boundlessness, and infiniteness. Be it gain or loss, gain can be a blessing, while loss can also be a way of forming affinities. By always having an ordinary mind, we will not be troubled by the gains and losses in life.