靜思語Jing Si Aphorisms by Master Cheng Yen


In a hotel in Taiwan last week, while packing up to leave, I happened to open the bedside drawer and chanced upon a copy of the Bible and a Buddhist book. I picked up the Buddhist book and flipped through, regretting the fact that I had no time to read it. I had hoped to find it in my next hotel. In the next hotel, I chanced upon this book 靜思語Jing Si Aphorisms by Master Cheng Yen. It’s a one sentence a page book, with Spanish and English translation. I like the aphorisms – wise words that were neither religious nor refer much to Buddhism. I wanted very much to take the copy home, or even purchased it from the hotel but decided instead to quickly copy a few of those that I like. Here I share some truths with you.

On the cover : 做中学, 学中觉 While working, learn; while learning, awakens to the many truths in life.

  1. When walking, as we step our foot forward, we lift the other foot up. In the same way, we should let go of yesterday to focus on today.
  2. The future is an illusion, the past a memory. Hold on to the goodness that is in our heart at the present moment and take care to fulfill the duties that we have at hand.
  3. To willingly undergo hardship for the sake of helping others is compassion.
  4. Only those who respect themselves have the courage to be humble.
  5. To be humble is to shrink our ego until we are small enough to enter another’s eyes and reside in their hearts and minds.
  6. People who are preoccupied with past achievements cannot humble themselves.
  7. We start to slacken the minute we find excuses for ourselves.
  8. It’s easy to reflect on major mistakes and hard to eliminate small bad habits.
  9. The hardest thing for people to see is themselves.
  10. In handling matter, let your mind influence your heart. In dealing with people, let your heart influence your mind.
  11. Because seeing virtue in others is in itself a virtue, in appreciating others, we in fact dignify ourselves.
  12. Material objects were meant to be tools for us to use, yet lacking wisdom, we are perpetually discontent and we thus become enslaved by material things.
  13. How bitter life is when we have desires. Our demand on others bring endless misery.
  14. If we can reduce our desire, there is nothing really worth getting upset about.
  15. Know your blessings, cherish them and sow more blessings.
  16. Every single day is like a blank page of our life. Every person we meet, every event we participate in is a lively essay.
  17. People often feel upset because they take candid remarks too seriously.
  18. Giving with an expectation for return brings misery.
  19. It is more a blessing to serve others than to be served.
  20. Our mind is like a garden. If no good seeds are sown, nothing good will grow from it.

You may like to visit the website www.tzuchi.org for more or to purchase the books.

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5 Responses to 靜思語Jing Si Aphorisms by Master Cheng Yen

  1. Alexandre Liem says:

    Nice…

  2. Alexandre Liem says:

    I like it…

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