今日社會人心澆漓、道德敗壞，處處瀰漫著投機、奢華的氣氛，一切皆以名利當先，人們所追求的都是一些物質與權利的享受。在這種強烈物欲熏心之下，許多人為了個人的利益與前途，往往不擇手段， 罔顧道義， 以致坑蒙拐騙、殺盜淫妄的勾當層出不窮。
有句話說：「思想決定命運，命運決定人生」。本冊所收集的名言皆是中國文化的精髓，其中不乏一些近代高僧 大德，諸如星雲、惟覺、證嚴、聖嚴， 以及淨空上人等的開示語錄； 文句不多，用字簡潔，不著華麗，但含義雋永深邃。讀後若能好好地理解並加以身體力行，足以改善個人的言行舉止及變化吾人的氣質。
本集的完成， 英譯部分承蒙任教於輔仁大學的好友，朱小嘉先生（Mr. Bruce Chu) ， 以及西雅圖喬向原先生(Mr. Joe Xiao)與數位美國友人鼎力的 襄助，才得以順利地付梓流通，特此一 人 生 雋 語 集 併敬致萬分謝忱。
The Way to Happiness
During my trip back from the U.S.A. to visit relatives in Taiwan last year, I came upon a booklet entitled Words of Wisdom. The volume is small and thin, but amazingly its contents are profound statements made by sages of antiquity and modern times concerning how to deal with life’s problems. It is quite an inspiring book.
In today’s world, moral standards are increasingly deteriorated. More and more people are opportunistic and have an extravagant lifestyle. Money and fame are the main concerns and material gain is the goal pursued in most people’s lives. Many individuals, in order to promote their own interests and improve their prospects, are inclined to behave regardless of moral principles. As a result, criminal acts such as fraud, homicide, and robbery occur frequently.
Given such a social disorder background, it is touching that such an inspiring book has been published and distributed. This indicates that there are still noble-minded people who are quietly making efforts to uplift moral standards by publishing large numbers of edifying books and giving them away for free.
An ancient saying states: “To advise someone to do the right thing on one occasion, you need only to speak to him; to advise generations to do good, you need to publish a book.” I firmly believe that an edifying book that is full of words of wisdom can contribute tremendously to the promotion of moral integrity in society.
I have reorganized the above-mentioned booklet, removing some original contents and adding a number of proverbs and edifying statements made by Buddhist masters of great repute, and have placed their English translations side by side with the original Chinese phrases. The motivation behind these arrangements is that I have, while living in the U.S.A., seen many overseas Chinese and their offspring as well as ethnic Westerners who are interested in Chinese culture but are prevented by their lack of Chinese-language ability from fully appreciating it. This task appeared easy at the outset but turned out later to be a rather gigantic project. To carry it out, I devoted my very best efforts, traveling back and forth between the U.S.A. and Taiwan and seeking the help of several experts who are proficient in both Chinese and English and knowledgeable about Buddhism.
A saying states: “Your thought s determine your fate, and your fate determines your life.” The present book is a collection of passages and statements reflecting the essence of Chinese culture. Some of them are quotes of contemporary Buddhist masters, such as Master Hsing Yun, Master Sheng Yen, Master Wei Chueh, Master Cheng Yen, and Master Chin Kung. Each item is terse but profound
in meaning. Understanding and putting the statements into practice should lead to a significant improvement in one’s behavior and demeanor.
Initially, 10,000 copies of the book, entitled” The Way to Happiness” will be published and given to all those who want them. It is hoped that the publication of the book will attract attention to the ongoing decline in moral standards and create brighter prospects for social stability and harmony.
I owe special thanks to my good friend Bruce Chu, a teacher at Fu Jen Catholic University; Mr. Joe Xiao in Seattle; and several American friends for their help with the English translation of the book. Feedback from readers will be greatly appreciated.
The riches and honors you enjoy in this life are results of the good you did in the previous life. If you did not do good in the previous life, then do it now.
Material pursuits bring nothing but temporary excitements; and there is no limit to these endless and insatiable desires for excitement one after another. This is the reason why people tend to get trapped in troubles caused by they themselves.
3. 真正的「真、善、美」，是心地清淨、平等，不虛偽、不狡詐，沒有貪心、瞋心、痴心、慢心（貢高我慢） 與疑心。
Real truth, virtue and beauty lie in a heart of purity, fairness, and freedom from hypocrisy and wickedness. It has no greed, stubbornness, obsession, arrogance or doubt.
4. 忍人所不能忍，容人所不能容；寧讓 別人負我，我決不負人，則自能心安 人 生 雋 語 集 理得、問心無愧。
Endure what others cannot endure, accept what others cannot accept, and fail nobody even if you may be failed by others. Then you will enjoy peace of mind and have no regrets.
All science and technology comes from mankind’s wisdom. Without the wisdom to be pure, equal, and benevolent, advanced science could be used as a tool for exterminating mankind.
Whether a person is poor or rich cannot be measured in terms of money. One is genuinely poor if one is spiritually barren and being open to misery. The ancients said, "Lack of wealth is not poverty but being spiritually barren is real poverty. One can cultivate a moral character when one is determined against the temptations of material things. Being spiritually barren and unwise, one will be depraved to become a demon."
Thrift can cure poverty; contentment can cure greed, simplicity can cure uneasiness, and benevolence can cure crabbiness.
Those who err most often are people who don’t admit it when they have made a mistake.
Don’t hold onto the past; don’t be tied to the present; don’t speculate about the future; and don’t lead a life without achieving any goals.
Be reasonable, be kind, be humble, and be grateful.
An abundant life lies in being willing to give and not minding getting nothing in return. A life of destitution awaits those who fight all the time for even the smallest gains.
It’s easy to study the Way, but hard to enter the Way, and even if you have entered the Way, it may be hard to stay in the Way, and if staying in the Way is easy, comprehending the Way may be hard, and if comprehending the Way is easy, practicing the Way is hard. (Note: The Way means the truth of the universe, life or reality.)
13. 儒家說：「近朱者赤，近墨者黑」； 又說：「三人行，必有我師焉，擇其善者而從之，不善者而改之」。
A Confucianist saying states: “One who stays near vermilion gets stained red, and one who stays near ink gets stained black.” (You are influenced by the company you keep.) Another states: “Among my acquaintances, there must be some from whom I can learn; I will follow the examples of those who are virtuous, and examine myself to see if I have the faults I see in others.
When we look at ourselves, we should recognize our weaknesses and faults, and be willing to correct them. When we look at other people, we should admire their strengths and merits, and learn to imitate them.
One should be good even if there are already many good people around us. The stronger the force of goodness is in a society, the better are its chances of averting disasters.
One should match one's words and actions. However it would be even better to act before talking: an inch of action is better than a yard of talking.
Learn a lesson from each failure. Get up after falling down. Difficulties will bow to you if you can endure insults and tribulations.
When we are considerate and sympathetic with other people, our world becomes broader. When we lead a simple life, our spirit becomes lofty.
19. 當你手中抓住一件東西不放時，你頂多只能擁有這件東西。如果你肯放 手，就有機會選擇別的。人的心若執著自己的觀念不放，那麼，他的智慧也只能達到某種程度而已。
When you are holding something firmly and will not let go, you can do no more than own it. But if you are willing to relinquish your hold, you will be able to choose something else. Those who stubbornly hold on to their own views are limiting their wisdom.
To forgive others is to give oneself room for maneuver.
21. 不要因爲小小的爭執而遠離了你至親的好友，也不要因爲小小的怨恨而忘 記了別人的大恩。
Don’t let small arguments alienate you from your best friends, and don’t let little grudges erode your memories of those who have done you great favors.
If you can keep your heart from being changed by the surroundings, that’s due to your ability at chanding; if you can keep your heart within the surroundings, it is due to your having wisdom. (Note: Chanding, a Buddhist term, means the utter calm of the mind, attained by clearing the mind of thoughts.)
23. 活著一天，就是福氣，就該好好珍惜。當我哭泣沒有鞋穿的時候，卻發 現還有人沒有腳的淒涼。所以，我們要感恩我們所擁有的。
Consider yourself lucky as long as you are still living, and treasure each day you live. When you lament that you have no shoes, think of people who have the sad fate of having no legs. Therefore, we should appreciate what we own.
Those who are loaded with their own views and beliefs can never hear what other people say.
A contented person would feel at ease even if he sleeps on the floor; a discontented person would not feel at ease even if he slept in heaven.
26. 狂妄的人還有救，自卑的人沒有救； 認識自己、降服自己，以及改變自己，才能改變別人。
Those who have an inflated opinion of themselves are still salvable; those who have an inferiority complex are beyond salvation. To change others, you must know yourself, tame yourself and change yourself.
If you don’t annoy yourself, no one can ever annoy you, for all your annoyances result from your failure to let go.
Be like a clear mirror which reflects everything and which does not touch anything. Only then will you be detached and free from cares.
Cherish every relationship you have now, for each of them is unique.
Happiness lies in being well and sound – given that many people are on the verge of death, many others have become invalids, and still many others have just lost their families.
One who cannot forgive others from the bottom of one’s heart will never feel calm and confident.
If you are modest and polite toward others, you have made yourself respectable. If you have a heart full of altruism and love, you have the world.
If you hate anyone, it is a loss to yourself. Life is a punishment for those who don’t understand life.
Shame on those who try to hide their faults by harming or attacking others.
35. 人生在世，有悲歡離合、聚散無常的缺陷，所以覺得不圓滿；正因爲人生有悲歡離合的缺陷，才更要珍惜彼此 短暫相處的因緣，給對方留下一個美好的印象。
Joys and sorrows, separations and reunions are the downside of life. It is because life has such a negative side that we should cherish each relationship and try to impress the other person favorably.
Jietuo is not to escape, nor to commit suicide, but to liberate oneself from one’s evil ideas, cares, sorrows. It is to undo the “knot” in your mind. If you can do this, it is jietuo. (Note: Jietuo, a Buddhist term, means to liberate oneself from worldly cares.)
Self-examination is a mirror that can show our mistakes and give us the opportunity to correct ourselves.
38. 做人的原則就是「誠信」，所謂： 「言必信，行必果」；一旦失信於人，信用就破產了。
Trust and honesty should be a principle of our conduct. We should be trustworthy and our words must be honored. Credibility will go bankrupt if one fails to keep promises.
39. 做好事是盡本分，不在於做多做少；只要是應該做的，就馬上去做，而且 用感恩的心去做，沒有為誰而做。
Performing good deeds is doing one’s duty. What matters is not how much you do. As long as it is something you should do, you should do it at once. You must, moreover, do it with a thankful heart. Never say you are doing it for someone.
If you look after your parents without minding the hardships you experience and if you perform good deeds without expecting to be rewarded, you can accumulate achievements and virtues, thereby bringing good fortune to your posterity.
41. 不好的習氣，就像心靈的病毒，當下 就要去改，謹防它滋生蔓延。 人 生 雋 語 集
Bad habits are tumors on the mind. They should be broken at once so they may not grow and spread.
"It is better to be poor yet happy than to be rich yet unhappy; it is better to be poor yet peaceful than to be noble yet restless." A wise person would rather be contented in poverty and devoted to things spiritual than worrying about fame, gains, wealth and honors.
Don’t covet wealth and honors, and don’t be saddened by poverty and humility. Be moderate when you are faring well, and be calm when you are doing badly.
Those who are stingy, greedy and jealous cannot rid their minds of moral poverty even if they are the richest in the world in terms of material possessions.
A kind mind must lead to kind deeds. Our conduct should match our thoughts. Words without action are empty words.
46. 歲月不會製造聖人，只會製造老人。年齡增長，智慧與慈悲心也要跟著增 長，如此才不會枉度此生。
Time does not create sages; it only creates old people. Therefore, those who are advanced in age should try to be advanced also in wisdom and compassion so that they will not have led their lives in vain.
In handling personal relationships: one should act not only in accordance with moral principles but also with courage and perseverance. Meanwhile, one should also be compassionate and benevolent, and be able to distinguish right from wrong, good from evil.
Don’t brag about your merits, and don’t criticize other people’s faults. Don’t flaunt your contributions, and don’t belittle other people’s achievements.
Shirking hampers progress. Being responsible helps others achieve their goals. Refusing to admit your mistake will attract criticism. Admitting it when you are wrong can prevent criticism.
Age is not a reflection of how much wisdom a person has. A person can be old but foolish.
"Do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself." Put yourself in the shoes of other people and "do unto others what you would have others do to you." This is the base of all goodness.
52. 凡天下事，受得了小氣，則不至於受大氣；吃得了小虧，則不至於吃大 虧。
If you don’t mind small minor frustrations, you will not experience major frustrations; if you think nothing of small losses, then you will be free from heavy losses.
Trying to forget is at times the best way to deal with worry. Facing problems squarely is the best way to get rid of them.
Treasure your blessings, your good relationships, your property and your writings. Every greeting is a gesture of goodwill.
Be thankful and grateful about every moment, every event, and every person in your life.
Learn to value what you own and to accept it when you have suffered a loss.
No matter what you have achieved and lost in your life, always try to fill your life with color and radiance. Don’t cry over what happened in the past. Endeavor to live a life of your own!
No joys and pleasures are as meaningful as harmony, health and serenity. Making the most of one’s odd moments is a good way to make progress, and cherish every single relationship is the secret to successfully doing things.
58. 心中知足處處好，人情冷暖任由他； 樂觀進取樂逍遙，威武權勢不用怕； 行住坐臥要威儀，衣食住行莫浮華；做人處世行正道，濟世助人人稱羡。
Contentment makes you fare well in every way. Don’t be bothered by the vicissitudes of your friends and acquaintances. Be cheerful and aggressive and you’ll be happy. Don’t be afraid of the mighty and powerful. Observe good manners in your everyday behavior, and don’t be extravagant with daily necessities. Be morally straight in handling relationships. Be generous in helping others and you will be admired by everyone.
59. 珍惜福報才會更有福報，珍惜因緣才會更有因緣。與人相處，廣結善緣， 不忘惜福、惜緣；懂得反省的人，常 常心存感恩；懂得感恩的人，時時惜 福、惜緣。
Cherish your blessings, and you will receive more blessings; cherish your relationships, and you will have better relationships. Try to establish good relationships with people. Those who are willing to examine themselves are often grateful. Those who are grateful are willing to cherish their blessings and relationships.
Time is the real asset of life. Learning is the real riches of life. Wisdom is the real power of life. Health is the real happiness of life. Freedom is the real enjoyment of life. Benevolence is the real treasure of life.
Benevolence can subdue all demons. Compassion can keep all evils away. Cheerfulness can make your wishes come true. Generosity can promote good luck. Benevolence and compassion are a beautiful world. Respect is the formula for peace and joy. Gratitude is the source of happiness and peace. Admiration is the secret to benefiting others.
Learning to accept is the way to self-improvement. Taking things as they come is the way to easiness and peace. Tolerance is the way to freedom and happiness. Praising others is the way to the cultivation of good relationships.
63. 愛惜自己的福報，就是珍惜自己的現在；廣結人間的善緣，就是豐富自己 的未來。知感恩、懂珍惜，是富有之人；有肚量、能包容，是豁達之人。
To cherish your blessings is to cherish your present. To establish good relationships is to enrich your future. Those who are grateful for and are willing to cherish what they have are the really wealthy people. Those who are tolerant and forgiving are broad-minded people.
A compliment is like a fragrant flower— it is sweet-scented and pleasant. An offer of help is like the rising sun—it is timely and warm. Confidence is like a sailing vessel riding the wind and waves. Hope is like a full moon—it is bright and beautiful.
Everything has its pros and cons except in the case of reading good books, which has advantages but no disadvantages. If you read one scroll, you will gain one scroll of benefit. If you read one day, you will gain one day of benefit.
Discontentment and feelings of inferiority usually result from your comparing yourself with others. Joy and happiness stem mostly from being grateful.
Cherish friendly feelings and gestures and repay vigorously. Cherish talent and establish relationships willingly. Cherish the world and protect life so as to create a pure land. Make the most of your energy and be careful what you say. Be perceptive and observant. Be careful about spending money and don’t waste property;
68. 言語要像陽光，能製造光明的見解； 言語要像花朵，能製造芬芳的思想； 言語要像淨水，能製造潔淨的觀念。
Speak your words as if they were sunshine so that you can produce bright ideas. Speak your words as if they were flowers so that you can express fragrant thoughts. Speak your words as if they were clean water so that you can produce clean concepts.
Everybody is the artist for his own life and can paint a colorful picture of his own life and world. Everybody is the architect of his own life and can carve out a good image for himself.
A life that has both sorrows and joys is a full one. A life with both successes and failures is a reasonable one. A life that has both gains and losses is fair one. A life that has both birth and death is a natural one.
The best gift is advice. The best personality trait is forgiveness.
There is no distinction between fairness and unfairness. If the mind is clearly set for equilibrium, everything is balanced.
When someone is frustrated, an encouraging remark can turn his life around. When someone is disappointed, a compliment can brighten his life up.
Develop good relationships and speak kind words. Be ready and willing to accept good suggestions and be a good person. Perform good deeds willingly. Be kind-hearted and make everyone happy.
75. 擁有天下非富有，心靈充實才可貴； 隨緣不是隨波逐流，而是珍惜當下； 當下不在他方淨土，而是內心一念； 調心行善，心安自然體泰；廣結善緣，緣多自然財廣。
Owning the entire nation does not necessarily make you a rich man. You aren’t rich unless you have a rich mind. Suiyuan does not mean letting things happen. It means focusing on the present. The present lies not in a far-away pure hand, but in your heart. Cultivate your heart and do good. When you have a calm heart, you will have a healthy body. Develop good relationships with many people. When you have a lot of good relationships you will be wealthy.
76. 人之所以有煩惱，只因貪婪心作祟； 其實我們所需要的並不多，而是想要的太多。
If you have many cares, it’s due to your being greedy. People tend to want too much, although they don’t actually need very much.
77. 慈悲沒有敵人，智慧不起煩惱。 ──恭錄自靜思語
A compassionate person has no enemy. A wise person has no worries. – By Master Cheng Yen
Happy are those who donate; merry are those who do good.
Hatred cannot end hatred since reprisal breeds further reprisal. Only compassion can melt away hatred.
Make your mind broad, and make your ego small.
To be able to acquire, learn to let go. Only those who are able to acquire and let go easily are really free and at ease.
Understand others, understand yourself, and understand what to do in dealing with people, and you will always be fine mentally and physically. Understand your happiness, cherish your happiness and cultivate happiness, and you will enjoy more good relationships.
Think before you speak. This doesn’t mean you should be quiet, but that you should be careful what you say.
84. 在生活中，若能養成「能有，很好； 沒有，也無所謂」的想法，便能轉苦 為樂、自在無惱了。
In your everyday life, learn to act on the principle that it’s just as good to leave it as to take it, and then you will be able to transform your misfortunes into blessings and feel carefree.
Criticizing as little as possible and praising as much as possible is the best way to avoid suffering retribution for saying wrong things.
Conduct yourself sincerely and generously; do things steadily and with foresight.
If you are busy but not disorderly, and tired but not weary, you will be happy though busy, and jolly though tired.
88. 想要家庭吉祥、和睦，就應該常常起歡喜心，天天為自己的家庭祝福。 ──恭錄自靜思語
If we want our families to be fortunate and harmonious, we should bless our families every day and always be joyful. – By Master Cheng Yen
89. 工作要趕不要急，身心要鬆不要緊； 應該忙中有序的趕工作，不要緊張兮兮的搶時間。
Work fast but not hurriedly. Loosen up and don’t tense up. Do your work promptly and systematically. Don’t rush things nervously.
90. 不要以富貴貧賤來論成敗得失，凡事若能盡心盡力，對得起自己的良心， 就不必在乎別人的看法。
How much money you have shouldn’t be a yardstick of how successful you are. What other people say is not important as long as you do everything to the best of your ability and according to the dictates of your conscience.
91. 任勞者必堪任怨，任事者必遭批評。 怨言之下有慈忍，批評之中藏金玉。
Those who devote themselves to their duties must be able to tolerate fault finding. Those who devote themselves to their tasks are certain to be exposed to criticism. Under faultfinding there is compassion. Within criticism there are treasures.
"Be the first to worry about the world's problems and the last to enjoy yourself." Such magnanimity to care about the world and its people is the way of Bodhisattva.
93. 成功的三部曲是：隨順因緣、把握因 緣、創造因緣。
The three steps to success are: follow chances, seize chances, and create chances.
94. 見有機緣宜把握，沒有機緣要營造， 機緣未熟不強求。
When there is a chance, seize it. When there is no chance, create one. When the chance is not ripe yet, be patient.
All success and failures are experiences of growth.
96. 用智慧來處理事務，時時修正偏差； 以慈悲來關懷人，處處給人方便，而不擔心自己的利害得失，就不會有煩 惱了。
Handle things with wisdom and rectify deviations and errors constantly. Treat people with compassion and consideration without thinking about your own interests, and then you will have no worries.
The more compassion and wisdom you have, the fewer worries you will have.
You are just an ordinary person if your thoughts change as your circumstances change. You are saint if your circumstances change as your thoughts change.
One does not know how to sympathize if one has not experienced the same pains. To become compassionate, one must experience bitter hardships.
As a ship sails, it leaves no trace on the water. When a bird flies, it does not cast a shadow. If you don’t let successes and failures change your mood, you possess the great wisdom to let go freely.
You are eventually the one to benefit if you make things easy for others. He is a gentleman who does not mind when he has evidently been treated unfairly. He is an imbecile who does not care when he has been treated unfairly in a stealthy way.
Pressure usually results from caring too much about what is outside us and from caring too much about other people’s judgments on us.
When performing a service, you won’t feel weary or tired if you do it with a thankful and grateful heart.
Feel grateful all the time, and donate your money, energy, wisdom, mental effort to charity.
The meaning of life is to serve. The value of living is to give. Therefore, the value of life lies not in how long you live, but in how much you give.
What is past is illusory. What lies in the future is still elusive. Grasping what there is now is the most important thing to do. Therefore, there is no need to be concerned about what is past, and there is no need to worry about what will happen in the future. What needs to be done is to focus on the present.
Wisdom is not knowledge, nor experience, nor critical thinking. It is, rather, the attitude of transcending yourself.
You could destroy a person by speaking only one sentence, but you might have to speak countless sentences to establish a person. Therefore, you should be careful what you say. There is a saying: “A wound caused by cutting with a knife is easy to heal, while a wound caused by a nasty remark is hard to mend.”
In peace and harmony, make the most of today to create a bright tomorrow!
Worry is unnecessary torture; prudence is the key to safety.
Wealth is like water, and giving is like digging a well. The deeper the well is, the more water it gives; the more you give, the richer you become.
Given the vicissitudes of life, always plan for the best and prepare for the worst.
While there is life, there is hope, and that is the best asset.
In managing people and affairs, we should be honest and generous without being arrogant and domineering. "Don’t say anything too definitive. Don’t push others too far. Don’t wipe out the whole lot". Thus we should always leave ourselves leeway for maneuver in handling all affairs.
Doing good is like the grass in spring: it grows without being noticed. Doing evil is like whetting a knife: it diminishes without your noticing it.
A good person is never lonely, and a benevolent person is the happiest. Joyous and self-benefiting indeed are those who help others whenever and wherever they go.
To get along with people, you’ must broaden your mind, and be more accepting and forgiving.
Change your mindset, and your circumstances will change too: nothing is absolutely good or bad.
The key to getting along well with people is effective communication. If communication fails, resort to compromise. If compromise fails too, try forgiveness and forbearance.
True happiness does not come from wealth, fame, personal gains or power, but from within an enlightened heart. True happiness lies in lessening one’s desires, being content and always having a grateful heart.
It is easy to reflect upon our big mistakes but not easy to get rid of small habitual tendency. – By Master Cheng Yen
Forget about the favors that you’ve done for others, but don’t forget to return the favors that others have done for you. Forget about your grudges against others, but don’t forget to correct your own faults.
Heaven and hell are but the reflection of goodness and evil in the human mind. A thought of goodness shows everything in the positive and manifests the blissfulness of heaven. A thought of evil shows everything in the vicious and manifests the endless afflictions of hell.
Individual love is saddled with anxiety whereas great love is liberating. – By Master Cheng Yen
God lives in each loving heart. Those who possess a heart that is pure, fair, and compassionate, are transformations of Buddha and Bodhisattvas in manifestations.
Those who are good-hearted and have good karma can succeed in life early. Those who are good-hearted but do not have good karma will not be destitute. Those who enjoy good karma but are unkind will probably have a bleak future. Those who have neither a kind heart nor good karma will remain down and out forever.
Only if you overlook trifles can you free yourself from the burden of your soul. Only if you ignore gossip can you avoid getting involved in meaningless conflicts.
When glory comes, examine your heart, otherwise the high walls of arrogance will make you lose yourself. When you are angry or bitter, examine your heart, otherwise the fire of anger and bitterness will destroy your reason. When you are greedy, examine your heart, otherwise the tsunami of greed will deluge your conscience.
The human heart experiences swings of up and down according to what one likes and dislikes; and these are emotions. One can master one’s future only if one can control the emotions effectively.
Those who respect themselves will not do things that bring disgrace on themselves. Those who respect others will not say embarrassing things.
It is better to admit a mistake than tell a lie. It is better to be wronged than feel guilty for doing wrong. It is better to suffer loss than make an enemy.
Doing good is one's duty. A good heart without appropriate action is pointless.
Learn to be an assistant before trying to become a leader. Learn to be a follower before trying to become a commander.
Under comfortable circumstances, one may easily sink into vice and self-indulgence. One develops empathy and compassion only under hardship and adversity.
Before losing your temper, think over the situation a few times. Remember that, without anger, life could be auspicious.
The greatest peace of mind comes when you feel no qualms and have no regrets. The greatest crisis occurs when you are obstinate and self-willed.
With resolution and single-mindedness, you can achieve anything including the correction of all your faults.
138.在命運顛沛中，最容易看出一個人的 志節；清廉者，臨財不苟；誠信者， 出語不欺。
A person's integrity shines during adversities. An incorruptible person is not tempted by money. An honest person always speaks the truth.
Some people collapse after a setback while other people pull themselves together again by transforming setbacks into a driving force.
Cultivating a sense of shame, repentance, empathy and compassion can help to eliminate one's rancor and hatred.
A fool would, in his mind, build a wall between himself and others while a wise man would never do so and would, rather, live amicably with others.
Strive for achievements but do not be arrogant. Excel but do not show off.
"Just as bitter medicine cures sickness, so unpalatable advice improves conduct." Therefore we must accept good guidance no matter how unpleasant.
You will make many enemies if you want to keep other people low. Your path will get wider if you compromise to embrace other people.
It is easy to work hard but difficult to tolerate criticism. A great character is cultivated by working hard uncomplainingly.
A straight tree has no crooked shadows. A level beam fears no sloping roof. An honest man is not bent by slander. A virtuous mind is not disturbed by demons. (Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. Stand straight and never mind if shadow inclines.)
The law of karma never fails: Good brings good, evil brings evil; if not, it’s because the time has not come yet.
Show some sympathy when you scold; show suitable appreciation when you criticize; give appropriate encouragement when you exhort; and give due respect when you make a command.
A rich person is actually poor if he is greedy; and a poor person is actually rich if he is contented.
150.人生有兩件事不能等待：孝順父母， 與行善。 ──恭錄自靜思語
There are two things in life that cannot wait: filial duties and good deeds. – By Master Cheng Yen
The human heart is easily touched by even the simplest greetings and timely words of care and concern.
Those who accept advice and amend their faults make rapid progress. Those who only justify themselves and refuse to admit their faults make no progress.
Speak humbly and sincerely and don’t cheat, nor lie, nor make abusive remarks, nor peddle gossip.
Do not carry your joy to excess, for extreme joy could give rise to sorrow. Do not be depressed when you suffer, for after suffering comes happiness.
It is wise not to ridicule other people's faults but to keep a vigilant watch over one's own conduct, so as to avoid the same mistakes.
"A fall in the pit, a gain in your wit." Truth cannot be learned from street-talk, but will be gained from experiences in our life.
Our discontent and sense of inferiority arise mostly because we compare ourselves with other people. Our blessings and happiness arise mostly from contentment and gratefulness for what we already have.
Genes can change the qualities of the human race. The law of karmic cause and consequence can change one's life and destiny.
Whether to advance our learning or cultivate our virtues, we are our own masters. If we give up half way, all our previous efforts are wasted. The key to success is perseverance.
If husband and wife are on bad terms, it is a misfortune for their children. If siblings are on bad terms, it is a pain their parents. If employees are on bad terms, it is a loss for the enterprise. Social unrest is a national disaster.
Good communication and coordination are essential for good international relationships. Eliminating evil thoughts and habits is good medicine to improve one's moral character.
The way to release mental pressure is to cultivate broad-mindedness, generosity, selflessness and a detached attitude.
True freedom lies in open-mindedness and detachment. True equality lies in mutual respect and egalitarianism.
In times of trouble, tolerance is the key to averting disasters. In the ways of the world, benevolence is the key to gaining blessings.
Moderate meals keep us in good health. Discreet speech keeps us on good terms with others.
Praising people behind their backs would please them. Criticizing people in front of them would avoid disputes.
Being a good listener not only helps one gain knowledge but also makes one more well-liked. Being a gossip not only makes one unwelcome but also exposes one’s weaknesses.
Those who often help others will always be helped when in need. Those who do not have evil thoughts will not come to an evil end.
"Have good thoughts, say good things, do good deeds, and be a good person." If everybody abides by these four principles of the "good", we can live blissfully in a harmonious, peaceful, stable society.
You are not blessed if others fear you, and you are not weak if others bully you. Better to win people over by virtue than to conquer them by force.
Freedom is often used as an excuse for unruly or wild behavior. Freedom should therefore be subjected to limitation, principles and guidelines.
Think no improper thoughts. Do no worthy things. Make no groundless remarks. Befriend no unrighteous people.
True beauty lies in virtue and refinement, and a person without inner beauty is like a flower without fragrance. Thus inner beauty is more important than outer beauty.
If you do good deeds, disasters are gone though there is no immediate blessing. If you do bad deeds, blessings are gone though there is no imminent disaster.
There are few people who always behave well, and there are few people who always behave badly. Most people can be either good or bad. That is why education and guidance are important
176.講話要溫和輕柔，態度要謙誠親切， 才能使人身心感到溫溫馨而和樂。 ──恭錄自靜思語
We should speak gently and behave kindly, so that people around us can feel warm and happy. – By Master Cheng Yen
A modest person learns the most. A humble and polite person has the most extensive network of relationships.
Just as water washes away dust, so repentance purifies the mind. Just as sunshine clears away the fog, so repentance brightens the mind.
Accept friends who give forthright admonition but never make friends with sweet-talkers. Better suffer a wrong than deceive oneself and others.
Money cannot purchase a pure soul. Big wealth cannot replace a spotless reputation.
He who is content and thrifty never experiences poverty; he who is greedy and spendthrift cannot stay rich.
View no immoral things; encourage others with a kind face. Do no violence; serve the public with kind deeds. Speak no coarse language; praise others with kind words. Think no vicious thoughts; empathize with other people
Planning for the future of your children and grandchildren will usually lead to disappointments. Planning for the benefit of society will contribute towards the common good.
Gossip is completely unnecessary; therefore, never gossip one bit. Advice given to persuade people to do good will never be excessive: therefore, the more such advice, the better.
A virtuous person establishes relationships based upon morality and justice regardless of gain and loss. Therefore "a virtuous person is cordial even in disagreement, but a petty person is unfriendly even in agreement."
Treat elders as your own parents and older brothers. Treat youngsters as your own children and younger siblings. If everybody abides by this principle, the world will become a place filled with love and blissfulness.
A bit of help given in the nick of time is like a spring breeze. An abusive remark wounds the heart like a sharp razor.
Never be jealous of another person’s achievements. Never stand idly by when someone is in trouble. Pull back anybody who is going astray.
Acknowledge, appreciate and repay what your parents and teachers have done for you. To be a truly dutiful son or daughter, you should support, respect and obey your parents.
190.「古之學者為己，今之學者為人」。 為己，則志在自己，而能修身進德； 為人，則只圖個人利益，為的是名利權情。
Confucius said, "The ancient learners study in order to improve themselves, whereas today’s learners aim to impress others." Self-improvement is about cultivating one’s moral character; showing-off is about seeking one’s personal benefits such as fame, gain, power and desires.
If you don’t speak offensively, hurtfully, arrogantly or accusingly, you can turn foes into friends.
Instead of aiming too high, we must be down-to-earth. In our interaction with people, we should be magnanimous and broad-minded. Only in this way can we achieve great successes.
Doing good deeds privately amounts to accumulating merits and virtues.
Neither great fame nor great wealth is reliable protection against the vicissitudes of life.
He who is headstrong and obstinate fails. He who is amicable and open-minded succeeds.
Without introspection, one can never see one’s weaknesses. Without making earnest efforts, one can never put one’s strengths to good use.
A man of vision is far-sighted and does not confine his attention to what’s before him at present. A man with high goals prefers virtues to fame. An achiever aims at far-reaching goals instead of short-term ones. One with high aspirations would unselfishly serve the public.
To have no regrets, remove the grudge between yourself and other people as soon as possible; it may be too late if you don’t.
199.成功要靠自己的努力，別無他途；失 敗要肯自我檢討悔改，猶有可為。 人 生 雋 語 集 0
Success solely depends on one's own efforts; failure will not be repeated if one is willing to self-examine and repent.
The key to building a moral character is contentment with little desires. Little desires enable a purer heart and contentment always brings happiness.
Speak gently, reason precisely, work conscientiously and behave magnanimously.
It is most painful if "the child wishes to serve his parents, yet they are already gone". So fulfill you filial duty to your parents without delay.
When you disagree with somebody, focus on the facts under discussion and do not mention any old scores. Do not let a little dispute hurt you and the other person.
Greed and danger are sources of misery. Contentment, gratefulness and appreciation are sources of happiness.
Knowing what’s what true knowledge is; the mastery of the ways of the world is genuine art.
Diligence is the way to gain wealth. Thrift is the way to maintain a household.
One is honorable not to negatively criticize other people, wise not to argue away one’s own faults, generous to highlight other people's goodness, and virtuous to downplay their errors.
We should be lenient about other people's faults and strict about our own faults.
When faced with a slander, we should tolerate it rather than try to argue it away. When faced with an insult, we should try to resolve it rather than defend against it.
“A man dreads becoming famous as a pig dreads becoming fat” is a saying that tells us to keep a low profile in order to avoid trouble caused by other people's jealousy.
The ancients said, "Do not be arrogant. Do not be self-indulgent. Do not be complacent. Do not be excessively excited." This, because arrogance is intolerable, indulgence saps one’s vitality, complacent incurs enmity, and extreme joy begets sorrow.
"Towers on a waterfront see the moon first; flowers facing the sun announce the spring." One can neither silence backbiting nor stop gossiping.
One becomes strong-willed through constant trials; one becomes wise by learning to hold one's tongue. Display only 70% of your cleverness and conserve the rest for your descendants.
Human relations are as flimsy as sheets of paper; mundane affairs are as diverse as chess games. Poor people are lonely even if they live in crowded cities; but rich people are visited by friends and relatives even if they live in remote hills.
Gossip exists only for the people who listen to it. If we neither peddle nor listen to gossip, then gossip will not affect us.
Goodness must be practiced and disputes must be let go. Helping others succeed is helping oneself succeed.
Gossipers are trouble-makers. However, the more people one associates with, the more gossip one is likely to encounter. The more one knows, the more trouble one has.
An honorable person does not harbor enmity against other people, nor does he expect big favors from them.
Sea waves rise high when they hit rocks; life is strengthened by trials and challenges.
Different people have different advantages and limitations. A positive person utilizes his advantages while a negative person complains about his limitations.
True confidence lies not in the number of people one can surpass, but rather in one's courage to admit mistakes, shoulder responsibilities, solve problems and endure afflictions. Therefore, the source of confidence is not wealth but one's inherent uncontaminated mindset.
When you want to accuse other people of their faults, first examine yourself because these people are your best mirror. If you find your own mistakes, correct them. If you find your own strengths, spur yourself for improvement.
A fulfilling life is not about wealth, power, fame or status, but rather about respect and care for each other.
Food nourishes the body; virtue nurtures the mind.
Life is transient, separated from death by only a matter of a breath. Life ends when breathing stops. So, do good when you can, because there may not be a A Way To Happiness Life second chance to do the same good by the time you have made your fortune.
To correct objectionable social trends, restore public order and reestablish moral principles, we must first promote filial piety and respect for teachers. Otherwise all efforts will be in vain.
Life is full of surprise and disappointments. Therefore, in order for us to be freed from worries, we should understand and sympathize with other people to reduce differences and conflicts.
It is more blessed to give than to receive. If you can sacrifice when it is hard to sacrifice and let go when it is hard to let go, you have the world.
It does not matter how other people look at us; what really matters is whether we have a clear conscience in what we do.
A simple life frees us from anxiety about losses and gains and makes it unnecessary for us to keep worrying about what to do.
Isolation, loneliness, setbacks and failures are inevitable in life. One can be strengthened to handle these problems only through training in countless hardships and trials.
To be arrogant is to begin with failure. Being willful and emotional not only annoys other people, but also ruins harmony and makes enemies, altogether leading to harm for oneself as well as other people.
If we respect others with humility, broad-mindedness and forgiveness, we shall be respected and accepted in return.
A self-enlightened person progresses while a self-satisfied person slackens. Therefore as our first lesson on virtue and our approach to building our character, we must reflect upon ourselves and admit our mistakes.
Self-refinement is like cultivating a field, which requires efforts to remove weeds and stones in order to prepare the soil for farming.
Repentance is a confession of the soul, and it is also a major cleanup of spiritual pollution. – By Master Cheng Yen
When life is easy and comfortable, one can easily lose one's direction. So it is beneficial to have a setback and a misfortune now and then so as to train oneself, rouse one's awareness and cultivate one's virtues.
To give pure and unconditional love, one should be determined and not waver. If one gives without expecting to be repaid, one will not be disappointed.
Do good privately without hoping for any return, because doing good is merely performance of one’s duty. Such actions of kindness accumulate to grow moral merits and develop true moral character.
We should always act carefully, but not narrow-minded, in our daily conduct. – By Master Cheng Yen
To be humble is to have wisdom. To regard yourself highly is to have attachments. – By Master Cheng Yen
Committing a single transgression can be the beginning of the corruption.
"Wisdom develops from experience." Wisdom is cultivated from experiences with people and affairs. Wisdom will not grow if one escapes from the reality of people and affairs.
Have self-respect but not arrogance because arrogance prevents one from progress. Be humble but do not feel inferior because a sense of inferiority invites failure.
It is easy to treat others well under most circumstances. But it takes a great character to continue treating others well when he is treated unfairly.
To alleviate disasters, we must start with purifying the mind. A pure mind can avert disasters and bring peace to a society, to a nation and even to the world. As the saying goes: "Purity of the mind brings purity to the nation; one’s peacefulness brings peace to all beings; and a tranquil soul brings tranquility to the world.”
An ancient sage said, "Knowledge is the beginning of action and action is the expression of knowledge." Therefore we should be consistent in what we know and what we do. It is meaningless to say one thing and do another.
It is not only wealthy people who have the right to make donations. It is the right of anyone with a sincere and loving heart. – By Master Cheng Yen
A big heart is better than a big house. Concise speech is better than long-windedness. But positive remarks are the best of all.
Cosmetics can improve appearances but not the heart. Fame and position can raise one's social status but not the moral character.
To "let go" is not to give up pessimistically, but to encounter bravely, perceive clearly, understand wisely and then to be freed of the burden.
To reach a destination, you must make the trip yourself. To get things done, you must make the efforts yourself. To end suffering, you must undergo it yourself.
Worries stem from desires. A simple life without expectations and disputes generates freedom from worldly concerns.
Learn to be agreeable, humble and forgiving. Even when reason is on your side, it is more graceful to remain soft-spoken and forgiving than react forcefully.
The best management policy is not about imposing restrictions or controls upon people, but rather cultivating self-enlightenment and conscience, namely, self-management.
Ask not what others can do for you; ask what you can do for others.
One should see through and see thoroughly. When one sees through, one knows that it is time to do good. When one sees thoroughly, one sees all and is contented.
Our thoughts are the cause of our destiny, the cause of our happiness and unhappiness. An evil thought invokes greed, rage, stupidity, hatred and indignation. But a kind thought pacifies anger, a wise thought dispels delusions, a thought of forgiveness, tolerance and gratitude resolves hatred and indignation, and a thought of goodness is the key to enlightenment.
There are no good or poor instructional approaches as long as teachers educate students according to their aptitudes. Likewise, there are no cheap or expensive medicines as long as each of them could be suitably used to treat the specific illness.
"Help others without expecting any return; but always return the kindness you have received." This is the mode of behavior in a courteous and righteous society.
261.凡夫與聖人，衆生與佛，本來平等， 無有分別，差別只在迷悟之間而已； 一念迷，即是凡夫，一念悟，則是佛。
All beings are basically the same. The difference between an ordinary man and a Buddha is in the mind: delusion makes one ordinary while enlightenment makes one a Buddha.
The faults of a gentleman are as notable as solar or lunar eclipses. Once he has corrected his faults, all people look up to him.
Mencius said, "In an era of peace and order, the present legal system can be administered. In an era of turmoil, amorality and social confusion, one has to set examples of good character."
When we have difficulties and setbacks, we should examine ourselves to see whether we have done something wrong or inappropriate, instead of blaming or aggravating other people.
One must have insulted himself with wrong behavior before others insult him. A family that is not treasured and protected by its members invites destruction and damage from other people.
To get along well with other people and to avoid ill feelings, one should always act on the good advice, "Be strict with yourself and lenient with others."
An ancient saying goes, "It is easier to tame a beast than a human heart. It is easier to fill up a valley than to satisfy human greed."
Never criticize other people's weaknesses in order to show off your strengths, nor be snobbish about your assets while belittling others'.
One would rather destroy a treasure to avoid pettiness than to be forsaken by a moral person. Since the slander or harm from a mean character could often whip us on while the grace or praise from a gentleman might at times make us feel self-satisfied and lack drive.
One should take a step forward to improve oneself and a step backward to review and manage affairs.
We have to purge ourselves of vices and improve ourselves in order to accumulate blessings. Only good deeds will produce good karma.
He who has a volcanic temper and a biting tongue cannot be considered a good person even if he is kind-hearted.
There is no distinction between a good job and a bad job. A good position is not to be found by hopping from job to job, but by patiently developing interest and dedicating oneself to what one is doing.
Confucius said, "When you can talk directly to someone and you do not, you are not treating that person well. When you tell someone what you should not tell, you are not talking right. A wise man neither misses the chance to talk nor tells the wrong things."
Do not be concerned whether people know you or not; be concerned whether you have abilities worthy of announcement. Also do not worry whether you will get the job; worry whether you will be able to do the job well.
276.孔子說：「貧困而能做到沒有怨恨， 很難； 富貴而不驕傲比較容易做到」。做一個君子，要能安貧樂道， 才能無怨。
Confucius said, "It is very difficult to be poor without complaints; it is easier not to be proud when wealthy." A man of virtue can accept his poverty without complaints.
A virtuous person is sure to speak wisely, but an author of wise sayings may not always be virtuous. A benevolent person is sure to be brave, yet a brave person may not always be benevolent.
The truth lies in real life as we walk, stand, sit and lie down, and it has never left us. The reason why worldly people are living in afflictions and sufferings is because their delusions have kept them far apart from the truth.
A leader must be upright and honorable, and things will get done even without his instruction. But if he is not upright and honorable, things will not get done even if he gives all the instructions.
A virtuous person helps other people to achieve goodness, but not evil. A petty person does the opposite.
The ancient sage said, "A virtuous person must be strong and resolute, for his burden is heavy and the road is long." Since a person with insight has heavy responsibilities and long course ahead, he must be broad-minded and strong-willed.
It is an enjoyment to lead a simple life. It is an emancipation to keep a simple heart. Our hearts always want too much even though we do not actually need that much. Life is like a journey, how can we travel far and easy if our hearts are stuffed with too many desires?
Wearing a smile on your face not only shows that you are friendly but also makes yourself approachable to others.
In order to maintain a peaceful coexistence, it is compulsory not to sow discord among people. A casual remark often disturbs those who would take it too seriously. This is making trouble out of nothing.
Just like fine crops cannot grow in a piece of cluttered land, wisdom cannot blossom in a scattered mind.
Do not mourn over the things that you cannot get or the things that are lost. Be grateful for what you have.
A person with superior wisdom has a suave style of modesty, just like a rice stalk bowing under the weight of ripe grains.
288.若將人生的價值用在個人的私利上， 就會造成人與人之間的互爭、互鬥； 若用於奉獻，就能造福人群，讓社會更溫暖、更安定。
If our values are based on personal interest, there will only be conflicts and fights among us. If our values are based on selfless giving, there will be more service and contributions; and the society will be happier and more stable.
"Treat the illness when it is still mild; find the Way through great hardship." Get medical treatment as soon as we have a disease, not when the disease has spread in the body. Cultivate our virtues through challenges and trials; only when we can endure hardship and suffering, can we hope to achieve the great.
If one faces challenges with gratitude, all problems will solve themselves.
Life is wasted if idling away one’s time. Life becomes meaningful if serving all beings with dedication.
When the true gentleman wants wealth, he obtains it in the honorable way. Everybody likes wealth; and we must earn it through hard work, persistence and constant good deeds, not through speculation or cunning.
Be sincere and truthful in everything you do. Be generous and gentle in dealing with people.
Mencius said, "One must have a sense of shame. One who knows that it is despicable not to have any sense of shame will not do things that are shameful."
Curb your delusion before evil happens. Once troubling thoughts start, you should see through that the temporal world is ephemeral, and that all its phenomena are but illusory appearances.
Be on your guard against hypocrites who pretend to be virtuous rather than the unpretending petty men. It is easy to guard against the obvious, but not the fake.
It is indeed a shame to get entangled in the cycle of constantly doing wrong, regretting about it and swearing on a daily basis. The trilogy of wrong-doing, regretting and quitting goes on and on and shall end up with nothing accomplished.
Desires are bound to bring afflictions. Desires unfulfilled cause painful bitterness. Desires fulfilled cause fears of loss. Only when one has no desires can one be most carefree and joyful.
A person full of complaints makes enemies everywhere. Self-pity is a cage that confines one with problems. A hot-tempered person sees antagonism everywhere. A narrow-minded person, who always makes things difficult for others, finds the world too small to maneuver because of his self-imposed constraints.
300.處事之道要懂得「把别人當成自己， 把自己當成别人，别人還是别人，自己還是自己」。能把別人當成自己， 就懂得呵護他人如同呵護自己一樣； 能把自己當成別人，鞭策自己就像監督、挑剔他人一般地嚴厲，才是真正地愛護自己；別人還是別人，自己還是自己，要明白每個人都有各自的主體性與獨立性，不可強制他人接受自己的思想與方法，必須相互尊重、禮讓。
"Regard other people like ourselves and regard ourselves like others. But others are still others and we are still ourselves." We should care for other people like ourselves and drive ourselves like others. Nevertheless, we must respect other people for their rights to be independent and individualistic; we should keep our ideas and methods to ourselves.
The two elders at home are like two treasures. Our parents are our Buddha and Bodhisattva who deserve our reverence and reciprocation.
Modern people advocate ecology in the hope of saving the earth, but the key to the solution lies with spiritual protection. Once the mind is free from contamination, it will generate no more self-serving "avaricious desires", which are the actual causes of land ruins and environmental pollution.
Life is like walking a tightrope; one should focus on what is ahead and go forward, and never look behind.
One’s moral character and refined temperament are cultivated through every move in one’s daily life such as walking, standing, sitting and lying down etc.
Praise others' good deeds in public; correct their faults in private.
To ourselves, we must not forget our basic conscience. To our friends, we must not remember old grudges. It is goodness not to be harsh when we are disposed to be. It is evil not to do good when we can.
Who is Buddha? Buddha is the one who attains enlightenment rendering the mind light and serene, and helps others to gain enlightenment so as to enjoy bliss and freedom.
Al l things are "relative" but not "absolute". Since everything is relative, different people have different views on the same question, i.e. opinions are quite divided. Without absolute standard, nothing is genuinely true. Hence, in order to avoid trouble, we should not be discriminative and obstinate.
Do not underestimate yourself, because human beings have unlimited potential. – By Master Cheng Yen
Great things are often hidden among the mundane. Only when we observe the details can we find the ultimate truth.
Treating an adversary and hostility with kindness, and tackling the most difficult problem at its center, is genuine awakening and attainment of virtue.
It is not easy to face oneself. Only through wisdom can one attain the state of "enlightened reflection", only with courage can one admit one's faults, and only with will-power can one correct them. Cultivation towards goodness is therefore enabled by facing one's own faults and correcting them.
There is nothing absolute in this world: happiness is followed by bitterness, gain is followed by loss. The perception of happiness or bitterness and gain or loss hinges on a moment of thought. With a moment of enlightenment, bitterness becomes happiness and gain becomes loss. It is futile to distinguish between them.
314.佛法開示世人要「活在當下」。什麼是活在當下？祖師說：「飢來吃飯， 睏來眠」。其意義是要我們做眼前應該做的事情。例如，餓了就得吃飯， 睏了就要睡覺。如果，不能隨順自然，去做與眼前無關的其他的事情， 就是顛倒。
The Dharma guides people to "live in the present". What does this mean? The Master said, "Eat when hungry; sleep when tired." This means we should do what we have to do at the moment. Otherwise, if we do things that are not immediate but far-fetched, we may be perverting the course of nature.
315.佛經上說： 「不怕念起， 只怕覺遲」。妄念、雜念、惡念人人都有， 沒有什麼好怕的；所怕的是，當這些念頭起來的時候，覺悟的晚，甚至還不知道覺悟。於是，就隨著這些念頭而造作惡業。
The Sutra says, "Do not worry about tempting thoughts; worry about belated enlightenment." Delusions and evil thoughts are natural to the human mind and nothing to be afraid of. What is important is to be aware of them and be enlightened. Without enlightenment, these tempting thoughts may lead to wrongdoing.
It is essential for us to be honest. One lie invites more lies to cover it up. Once a lie is exposed, our credibility is lost and we are totally disgraced.
Men sacrifice health to make wealth; and then sacrifice wealth to regain health. Because they keep worrying about the future without enjoying the present, they do not really live in the present. When actively alive, they forget that life is temporal. Only when they are dying do they realize that their life had been wasted.
A greedy ungrateful mind generates jealousies and unruly desires, and keeps comparing oneself with other people, especially those better off. This starts troubles and disasters, which is typical of someone unaware of his blessings.
What is the practice of Buddhist conduct? It includes the cultivation of moral character and the bearing of proper behavior. It involves the correction of wrong thoughts and views, and improper behavior, language and habits, so that one can reform oneself to start anew.
We should not deceive ourselves, and definitely not deceive other people. We have to be honest and trustworthy in order to earn respect and trust from others. We are nobody if we are not trustworthy.
We may not succeed even if we have faith; but without faith, we will definitely fail. According to the Sutra, faith is the source of all achievements; and all acts of goodness need the nurture of faith.
A human being should have compassion, the sense of shame, generosity and the sense of justice. Compassion is the foundation of loving kindness. The sense of shame is the foundation of righteousness. Generosity is the foundation of courteousness. The sense of justice is the foundation of wisdom. These four elements are important like the four limbs of the human body.
Mencius said, "The purpose of learning is nothing but to bring back the lost and dislocated self."
When our action is not justified, we will be ashamed and afraid, even in front of the common folks. But when reason is with us, we will go forward bravely with no fears, even if many people stand in opposition.
The one who accepts hearsay without investigation is a person who abandons morality, and this conduct will be A Way To Happiness Life despised and condemned by people.
What is a good learner like? Confucius said, "He who does not insist on adequate food, does not insist on comfortable abode, but is diligent and cautious and frequently learns from educated and refined men in order to improve himself, is a good learner."
The quality of genuineness is important to a virtuous man. An honorable cha r a c t e r i s genuine and a l lows circumstances to take the natural course of development.
The Way of a virtuous person is like a long journey; one starts from the closest point. It is also like climbing a hill; one starts from the base.
It takes a long time to establish one's "honorable" integrity, and only one misstep to ruin it.
Great writing does not display elaborate flowery language, but is pragmatic for its purpose. A great honorable character does not appear different from the ordinary people, but is genuine to his intrinsic goodness.
One should be prudent and not casual, or he would easily become frivolous. He must also not become overly opinionated, or his stubbornness would block out other people's sound advice.
Don’t hastily judge a person especially never comment about all his previous rights and wrongs, and goodness and badness. Since everything is impermanent, the past does not necessitate the future. "To better judge a person, just look at the latter half of his life."
Do not ask for recognition of merit for what one does; a task completed without mistake is itself a merit. Do not expect gratitude for what one does for other people; a service received without any complaint is itself an appreciation.
When one enjoys success, one should be able to review oneself instead of just sitting on one's laurels pompously. In the face of failure, one should exert endurance and perseverance instead of self-reproach and despair, and be ready to stage a comeback.
Learning should emphasize on explicitness and depth instead of broad coverage. Breadth without the necessary depth does not enable sufficient understanding. The ancient saying goes: "A good book deserves to be read a hundred times; the learner benefits from thorough study and deliberation on its contents."
To get along in the world, one has to be "all-rounded on the outside and square on the inside." This means for one to square up to oneself according to principles, doing what should be done and never doing what should not be done. And yet one has to be tactful towards other people, never be harsh or severe because we have to maintain their self-respect.
337.佛 經 上 說 ： 「 苦 海 茫 茫 ， 回 頭 是 岸」。世人汲汲營營地於名利權情中追逐，為達目的，不擇手段，造作了許多的罪業；不知道、也不相信世間的一切現象都不離「因果」的法則， 因而造業受報，痛苦不堪。如果，相信「因果報應，如影隨形，絲毫不爽」，而能及時回頭，就不會有苦的報應。
The Sutra says, "The bitter sea of our life has no boundary. Repent and the shore is at hand." People of the world busy themselves in the pursuit of fame, profits, power and love, thereby making mistakes and bringing afflictions onto themselves. Since they do not know or believe that all phenomena cannot escape the karmic law of cause and effect, they are suffering misery as retribution of their transgressions. If they believe the karmic law of cause and result never fails and repent without delay, they will not suffer the karmic retribution.
With glory, honor and riches, they are merely ephemeral grandeur; the fragrance of virtuous conduct shall last for a hundred generations.
Without upgrading one’s moral character, albeit one has gained wealth, prestige, fame and position, all these worldly possessions are nonessentials. Because once sudden glory goes out, one would end up with a hollow joy.
"Self-confidence" derives not from the approval or disapproval of others, but from our own correct recognition of the "self". The genuine self-confidence is not about how many people we can excel but how many faults we can correct, how many difficulties we can overcome and how much affliction we can avert.
Virtues and abilities take time to develop and can be discerned only after trials and challenges over a long period of time. "As a long journey tests a horse's power, time will reveal a person's true character."
One must possess both moral character and solid learning. If it should occur that one cannot have them both, then moral character must take precedence over learning, for one who has high learning but no moral character will easily commit serious crimes that can harm the society.
What sets humans apart from animals is that humans are endowed with ethics and morality. Humans not only know about improving their material well-being, but also raising the spiritual quality of their life.
Material is limited but avarice knows no boundary. It is unlikely to satisfy insatiable greed with so limited material. In seeking material, there will be conflicts and confrontations which will even give rise to strife and wars on one another. These troubles all arise from human desire for material wealth.
People are not poor for lack of wealth, but poor because their greed cannot be satisfied. True wisdom is when one understands "contentment is happiness" and that doing good is the greatest pleasure.
Mencius said, "One will always be loved if one loves others; one will always be respected if one respects others." Treating others well equals to treating ourselves well. Only love can eliminate hatred. So we should cultivate a selfless "universal love" to make our society an auspicious and peaceful place to live in.
It is important to accommodate other people and their differences while one affirms oneself. In accepting differences under a common cause, it is more possible to maintain a unitary harmonious situation.
To maintain a long-term relationship, "do not be tediously critical and do not snub the other party prudishly". Respect his/her views and preferences; and try to see things from his/her perspective. This will enable acceptance of each other's differences to attain harmony in the relationship.
The ability to respect other people is an affirmation of one's own self. One who is confident in himself does not elaborate on tedious criticisms of other people's views and thereby cause embarrassment. It is simple to get along with other people if we behave respectably and understand them sympathetically.
Confidence in oneself and respect for differences is the starting point of learning to lead a life of magnanimity.
Things like friendship, affiliation, opportunities and affection, are hard to regain once they are lost. We should therefore treasure them.
Buddhists believe that "Karma goes on forever". This is like a string of beads that links all one's good and evil deeds together, so that as time passes from one bead to another, these good and evil deeds return to us in retribution. A Way To Happiness Life
353.人命無常，世事遷流，刹那不住。所以，我們要把握眼前短暫的因緣， 活在當下，不要緬懷過去，也不要期待未來。因爲往者已矣，來者未必可追，眼前的世界才最真實、也最珍貴。是故，與人相處，在待人處事當中，我們要善盡個人應盡的本分， 扮演好自己的角色；若能做到俯仰無愧，就能心安理得，活得自在，沒有煩惱了！
The course of life is unpredictable; the worldly affairs are impermanent and ephemeral. So we should seize the temporal cause and conditions at present, live in the moment, never dwell upon the past, nor expect the future. Let bygones be bygones; the present is the most real and precious. In managing people and affairs, one must adhere to one's fundamental principles and play one's role well. If one has a clear conscience, one will enjoy peace and freedom without regret or worries.
In life, one's standpoint is not as important as the right direction. With a standpoint, one only maintains the status quo. With the right direction, one enjoys infinitely bright prospect and hope.
Everything has both the positive and negative sides. If we look at the positive side, we see hope and possibilities. If we can reverse the negative side, we will find our life very much changed.