Precious advice from a Chinese Master

buddha_face.bw3Living in the world yet not forming attachments to the dust of the world is the way of a true Dharma student. 

When witnessing the good action of another, encourage yourself to follow the example.  

Hearing of the mistaken action of another, advise yourself not to emulate it. 

Even though alone in a dark room, behave as if you were facing a noble guest.  

Express your feelings, but become no more expressive than your true nature. 

Poverty is your treasure. Never exchange it for an easy life.  

A person may appear a fool and yet not be one. He may only be guarding his wisdom carefully. 

Virtues are the fruit of self-discipline and do not drop from heaven of themselves, as does rain or snow. 

Modesty is the foundation of all virtues. Let your neighbors discover you before you make yourself known to them. 

A noble heart never forces itself forward. Its words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value. 

To a sincere student, every day is a fortunate day. Time passes but he never lags behind. Neither praise nor condemnation can move him. 

Censure yourself, never another. Do not discuss right and wrong.  

Some things, though right, were considered wrong for generations. Since the value of righteousness may be recognized after centuries, there is no need to crave immediate appreciation. 

Live with cause and leave results to the great law of the universe. Pass each day in peaceful contemplation. 

—Master Zengetsu

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to Precious advice from a Chinese Master

  1. Allen Tallmage says:

    “Live with cause and leave results to the great law of the universe. Pass each day in peaceful contemplation.” Yes … the very epitome of Taoism by way of the 8-fold path.

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