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WITH HUMILITY
by Yinguang (1862 - 1940)
English translation: John Balcom

Though others do not return the good I do,
I take it as myself not returning the good of others.
I feel shame for not doing enough for all people,
Such that there is nothing to regret.
So that the cruel and despotic
Have no means to arise.


A PROPOSAL TO RADICALLY REFORM GOVERNANCE: REJUVENATING, PROTECTING, AND SAVING THE NATION FROM ADVERSITY (EXCERPT)
English translation: You Zai

Virtues and benevolence
are the foundations of our inherent nature.
The Law of Cause and Effect
is the law of the Universe.

When doing virtuous deeds,
a hundred auspiciousness appear;
When doing unwholesome deeds,
a hundred calamities befall.
A family that does many wholesome deeds
will have many blessings to spare;
A family that does many unwholesome deeds
will undergo plenty of misfortunes.

The Law of Cause and Effect brings both
good and bad fortune as well as
disaster and happiness;
Thus, our virtues and benevolence
depend upon the values of our experiences.

── from Yinguang Dashi Quanji (Complete Works of Master Yinguang)