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COMPASSION AND EVERLASTING HAPPINESS

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

Learning to “pick it up” and “let it go”
Can expand the breadth of your mind.
Being able to see far ahead and do the right thing
Can elevate your life.

── from After Many Autumns


English translation: Tom Manzo and Shujan Cheng

By taking the short end of the stick,
You can cultivate virtue.
By putting yourself in other’s shoes,
You can develop compassion.
By accepting what is,
You can be carefree.
By enjoying without owning,
You can always be happy.

── from Humble Table, Wise Fare


English translation: Man Ho and Zhi Yue

The wise are not delighted by praise;
great virtue comes from admitting and correcting one’s mistakes.

The benevolent are not delighted by freedom from suffering;
great morality comes from sharing one’s goodness with the rest of the world.

It is good to believe in the Buddhist truth;
it is better to realize the law of causality.
It is good to understand the essence of equality;
it is better to follow the principle of dependent origination.*

Only compassion can turn enemies into friends,
and diminish resentment and opposition.
Only compassion can turn adversity into favorable circumstances,
and succeed in the endeavor to benefit all beings.

── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan


(Roots of Wisdom; *The Everlasting Light)