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

Sow seeds of compassion over hatred.
Offer forgiveness and understanding towards hostility.
Nurture the strength of confidence out of doubts.
Illuminate a spark of prajna wisdom in the darkness.
Raise hopes for the future above disappointment.
Extend the consolation of happiness towards sorrow.

── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan (Roots of Wisdom)

English translation: Man Ho

Don’t glower: encourage with gentle glances.
Don’t be cruel: serve with gentle hands.
Don’t scold: speak with gentle words.
Don’t hate: uplift with gentle actions.

── from The Everlasting Light

English translation: Tom Manzo and Shujan Cheng

Everything has its pros and cons,
Simply understand how to weigh them.
Always keep sight of what is possible,
For even dry stones and rotten wood
Can be used as medicine.

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses,
Simply understand how to bring out the best in others.
Always emphasize the strong points of others,
For even broken copper and brittle iron
can be forged into steel.

── from Humble Table, Wise Fare