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WHAT IS MOST AUSPICIOUS
by Huang Dila Lili (Years unknown)
English translation: Miao Guang

To stay clear of ignorant people and be acquainted with wise ones instead; to respect virtuous ones makes one the most auspicious.

To be able to find an appropriate place for residence is the result of one’s merits accumulated in the past; to find one’s place on the path of righteousness makes one the most auspicious.

To be knowledgeable and skillful, and maintain strict observance of various precepts; to speak in a way which others find pleasant makes one the most auspicious.

To be dutiful to one’s parents, and love as well as protect one’s wife and children; to pursue a livelihood without inflicting harm on others makes one the most auspicious.

To be generous and genuine-hearted, and help family and friends; to be flawless in one’s actions makes one the most auspicious.

Abstain from unwholesome actions, self-discipline and refrain from drinking; to be steadfast makes one the most auspicious.

To be respectful, humble, content and grateful; to be able to instantly hear the Dharma makes one the most auspicious.

To be patient and obedient, also able to come across spiritual practitioners; to take faith into timely consideration makes one the most auspicious.

To lead a regulated and pure life, and realize the Eightfold Noble Paths; to attain nirvana makes one the most auspicious.

To have a mind that remains unmoved by the Eight Winds, and to be free from worries and defilements; to remain tranquil and trouble free makes one the most auspicious.

To practice accordingly with the above, nothing will be unachievable, blessings will follow everywhere, and thus one is made the most auspicious.

── from Fo Shuo Ji Xiang Jing (Mangala Sutta, Discourse on Blessings)