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

When life is confusing, unravel it.
When life is distressing, transcend it.
When life is frustrating, rise above it.
When life is beautiful, praise it.

Be happy even when suffering.
Be fair even when wronged.
Be relaxed even when busy.
Be tolerant even when criticized.*

Refine yourself during your juvenile years.
Face yourself during your adolescent years.
Expand yourself during your prime years.
Perfect yourself during your senior years.

Offer the world the beauty of a wholesome heart.
Offer society the fragrance of a loving heart.
Offer the universe the purity of a sincere heart.
Offer humanity the colors of a kind heart.

── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan

(Roots of Wisdom; *The Everlasting Light)