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Living a Carefree Life
Respectful to the superior and modest to the inferior are important practices for a bodhisattva-in-training.
Contributing rather than competing; cherishing rather than indulging in blessings (good fortunes).
Love yourself, others, and all sentient beings; save yourself, others, and all sentient beings.
Benefit others from a mind that is pure, without seeking any result, reward, or reciprocity.
Possessiveness and dedication both are expressions of love; their differences are demarcated by benefitting oneself or others. Possessiveness is selfish love arising from ego’s covetousness; dedication stems from a great love that is selfless, joyful, and equanimous.
6. Principles are used to discipline oneself, not to demand others of what is inappropriate or impossible.
7. A bodhisattva’s mind is magnanimous enough to be the steppingstone of other’s advancement. (Acquire a mind that is willing to be other’s steppingstone and the intent to make others successful/the intent to help others become accomplished.)
8. If you were misunderstood, the fault lies within you.
10. Accomplish self-actualization by honoring and yielding to others; dissolve hostility by respecting others; promote harmony by praising others.
11. One who cannot let go of oneself lacks wisdom; one who cannot let go of others lacks compassion.
12. Greet others with “I wish you well!” will win you friends and gain inner-peace.
13. To be friendly and helpful towards others is radiating the light of peace, harmony, and happiness.
15. To affirm one’s strength is self-confidence; to know one’s shortcomings is maturity/growth; to understand (empathize with) other’s perspective/position is respect.
16. Put down our own accomplishments and raise/lift up the happiness of all sentient beings.
17. When working with subordinates, show concern instead of criticism, give encouragement instead of directing, use collaboration instead of directives.
18. An obstinate person hurts others without any benefit to himself; a gentle and tolerant person can harmonize others while retain inner-peace.
20. The meaning of life lies in constant learning and dedication, which leads to self-growth and also help others to become accomplished.
21. A wise and genteel person will refrain from ceaseless chatter.
22. Treat everyone graciously, peaceful days make life easier.
23. An intelligent person may not be wise; a dull person may not be unwise. Wisdom is not the same as knowledge; it is one’s attitude towards people and things.
24. To reduce other’s aggravations is compassion; to reduce one’s own is wisdom.
25. Do not ask others to wear your shoes and do not make other’s problems your own.
26. To diligently relieve people’s sufferings is great merit; to happily solve people’s problems is great wisdom.
27. One who attains true inner-peace realizes the fact that all phenomena in the world are impermanent.
28. If we all have other’s gratitude, not hatred, we can all live happily and harmoniously together.
29. A smile or a kind word is great charity, which will create immense favorable conditions.
30. So long as we can reduce meaningless emotions, we can avoid unnecessary afflictions.
31. Repentance is for self-discipline; devotion is for repaying other’s kindness (or dedication is to express gratitude).
32. A successful person is a person who does his utmost to benefit others and in the process improved himself.
34. If we have no ability to help others, at least refrain from hurting them.
To accumulate more virtues and less vile in speech is cultivating merits, seeking merits, and will lead to great blessings.
36. In the course of life, we should pursue development harmoniously and also see hope in our exertions.
37. Our success rate will naturally increase if we reduce our mind’s attachment to gain or loss and increase our vigor in opportune pursuits.
38. The precious part about a family lies in its members’ mutual understanding and assistance; and family warmth arises in their mutual respect and love for each other.
39. An owner who keeps honor and integrity in mind, instead of gain or loss, will more likely to succeed.
40. When we hear gossip, calm down first, then examine ourselves—correct our mistakes if there is any, and praise ourselves if there is none. If we are agitated, the harm of gossip will worsen.
41. Surpassing inner-sufferings will increase our wisdom; enduring life’s hardships will increase our merits.
42. With respect to “life,” always be full of hope; with respect to “death,” always be ready to be reborn into
43. Know exactly what you "need"; dispel completely what you "want".
44. Apply reverse thinking; interpret everything positively,.
45. With failure, strive again; with success, work harder. This is the guiding principle for a peaceful enterprise and a happy enterprise.
46. The most important concept of environmentalism is “simplicity,” living a simple life is conserving and protecting the environment.
47. A mature person does not care about the past; a wise person does not doubt the present; a sanguine person does not worry about the future.
48. Both favorable and unfavorable conditions are augmenting conditions (that enhance our cultivation); treat them with equanimity and gratitude.
49. Disassociate from the past, future, fame, and position, as if they have nothing to do with us, but strive to live happily and positively; such is a life of bliss and freedom.
50. A diploma does not represent social status; capability does not define character; fame does not bespeak of virtue; no job is noble or lowly; but convictions and behaviors determine them all.
51. Dispel unhappiness with sincerity, initiative, and decisiveness, rather than vacillation/hesitation, passiveness, and inaction.
52. Secular matters are never without difficulties; with confidence and patience, at least some of them can be accomplished.
53. Live in the present, don’t regret the past, and never worry about the future.
54. The best way to reduce stress is to detach from gain or loss and to be more appreciative.
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