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

Facing trouble, don’t be sad and weep,
but transform sorrow to strength.
Facing grievance, don’t sigh and be disappointed,
but shoulder it with patience.
Facing temptation, don’t be lost,
but sail on with meditation and mindfulness.
Facing honor, don’t calculate gain or loss,
but be restrained.

The key to business is solving problems.
The key to speaking is clear reasoning.
The key to practice is practicing every moment.
The key to observing precepts is sincerity.
The key to meditation is forgetting time and space.
The key to chanting is speaking and thinking the Buddha’s name.
The key to sleeping is putting aside worries.
The key to spreading the teachings is compassion and affinity.
The key to admitting mistakes is courage.
The key to study is intelligence and flexibility.
The key to health is walking more and eating less.
The key to relationship is, “I am wrong and you are right.”
The key to diligence is self-interest.
The key to joy is freedom from cares.

── from The Everlasting Light