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

Every mountain and stream has a place.
Every occasion has a reason.
Every cause has an effect.

Treat all beings in the spirit of equality.
See everything through the principle of dependent origination.

Hold back negative words;
there will be no ground in which disaster can grow.
Forgive an attack;
never fight others for power.
Endure for a moment;
a fiery inferno will turn into a cool lotus pond.
Take a step back;
that is the way of self-cultivation.*

We cannot oppose the law of causality;
good and evil will have their karmic retribution
when their time comes.
We cannot oppose the truth;
true and false, real and fake
will be redressed in time.

Good or bad fruit comes from
good or bad causes and conditions;
you are your own gardener.
Good or bad karmic justice comes from
good or ill will;
you are the master of your will.

── from The Everlasting Light; *The Carefree Life