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THE MOST AUSPICIOUS
Ancient Verse
English translation: Miao Guang

Take a moment to ponder before taking three steps forward;
Take three steps backward, and then use a moment to think.
Consider the moment when hatred arises;
Most auspicious it is to put out the fire of anger.


A SMILE WIPES OUT FEELINGS OF REVENGE
Ancient Verse
English translation: Zhi Yue

Those who are not foes will not meet;
A single smile suffices to wipe out feelings of revenge.
All are urged to make things easier for people;
Seize every opportunity to grant mercy to others.


CULTIVATING IN THIS LIFE
Ancient Verse
English translation: Zhi Yue

The human body is hard to obtain,
Yet I have obtained it today;
The Dharma is difficult to encounter,
Yet I have encountered it today.
If this body is not used to cultivate in this life,
Till which lifetime would this body be delivered?

── from Hsing Yun Shuo Ji (Hsing Yun’s Commentaries on Verses)