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SONG OF THE TEN PRACTICES AND CULTIVATIONS

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

Practice One: Don’t be calculative.
Practice Two: Don’t compare.
Practice Three: Be polite.
Practice Four: Always smile.
Practice Five: Don’t worry about being disadvantaged.
Practice Six: Be honest and kind.
Practice Seven: Be carefree.
Practice Eight: Speak good words.
Practice Nine: Befriend honorable people.
Practice Ten: Everyone be the Buddha.
If everyone tries these ten practices,
We shall live in the Buddha’s Pure Land of joy and carefreeness.

── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan (Mindful Wisdom, Heartful Joy)


TRUTH
English translation: Man Ho

Prefer sympathy to money.
Prefer justice to sympathy.
Prefer reputation to life.
Prefer conscience to reputation.

Real friends help when you are poor or sick.
True friends stay with you in adversity.
Whether you advance or retreat, do it the right way.
Gain and loss follow the law of causality.

Be grateful to past causes and conditions
and cherish their fruit in your present life.
Build up causes and conditions in your present life
to nurture the fruit of your future life.

Truth comes from awakening the mind.
Kindness comes from consideration.
Good temperament comes from wisdom.
Beauty comes from compassion.

── from The Everlasting Light