Advice from a Sage

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Advice from a Sage

  1. 1. Advice From A Sage<br />by Venerable Master Sheng Yen<br />Enjoy Your Work!<br />
  2. 2. Don’t measure success and gain by wealth and rank: <br />to benefit ourselves and others as best we can is all that matters. <br />
  3. 3. To take on tough tasks, one must prepare to tough out complaints, and to be in charge is to be in for criticism. <br />
  4. 4. Yet complaints help foster compassionandpatience, and criticism often holds golden advice.<br />
  5. 5. Stay at ease under all circumstances, <br />and give whenever conditions allow.<br />
  6. 6. Grasp opportune conditions when they come, <br />create them when there are none, <br />and never force a thing to be done.<br />
  7. 7. Simply deal with matters with wisdom and treat people with compassion, without worrying about personal gains or loss. Then we’ll never be plagued by vexations.<br />
  8. 8. To let the circumstances dictate one’s state of mind is human; <br />to let the mind dictate the circumstances is sage.<br />
  9. 9. A BIG duck cuts a BIG wake; <br />a small duck cuts a small wake. <br />Big or small, each duck will paddle its own way to the other shore – <br />but only if it paddles.<br />
  10. 10. If the mountain won’t move, build a road around it. <br />If the road won’t turn, change your path. <br />If you are unable to change your path, <br />just transform your mind.<br />
  11. 11. Diligence doesn’t mean stretching beyond our limits. <br />It means displaying unremitting persistence.<br />
  12. 12. A passing boat leaves no trace upon the waters; <br />a bird’s flight leaves no traces in the sky. <br />When fleeting success, failure, gain, or loss leaves no trace upon the heart <br />the great wisdom of liberation has been achieved.<br />
  13. 13. To be accommodating to others is to be accommodating to ourselves.<br />
  14. 14. Pressure usually stems from caring too much about externals and other people’s opinion.<br />
  15. 15. Offer your service with a heart of gratitude, as if repaying a kindness, then you won’t feel weary or tired.<br />
  16. 16. and give unstintingly <br />of <br />your wealth, <br />physical strength, <br />mental effort, <br />and wisdom.<br />Always feel gratitude in your heart<br />

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