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CONTENTMENT AND PEACE OF MIND
by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Zhi Yue and Siew Hsiang Chow

Human desire can be likened to a bottomless pit that can never be filled. A person whose mind is driven by greed will never enjoy the happiness of wealth even if he has earned billions.

Who then is the wealthiest man?

According to the fifth chapter of the Buddhacarita, “Wealth without contentment is poverty; poverty with contentment is the foremost wealth.”

A life of poverty but lived with righteousness is the same as spending every day in springtime.

Millionaires who live in a mansion, but do not know to give back to society or benefit others, dwell in burning houses of greed and desire.

How then, can they hear the melodious sounds of birds chirping or smell the fragrance of flowers?

── from Zhe Shijie Wuchu Bu Mei (The Entire World is Beautiful)