365 Days for Travelers: Feb 12


Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics

FAMILY TEACHINGS OF SIMA GUANG

Accumulate gold for your descendants,
And your descendants might not save it.
Accumulate books for your descendants,
And your descendants might not read them.
It would be better to privately accumulate merit
for them in this life
To make long-term plans for them.
This is a maxim of the ancient sages
And something for later generations to think upon.

AXLE OF ADVICE

Such thoughts which are unwholesome,
do not think of them.
Such people who are unwholesome,
do not associate with them.
That which you have not seen,
do not speak of.
That which is unjust to receive,
do not take.

When healthy, think of yourself as ill,
and you will protect yourself.
When wealthy, think of yourself as poor,
and you will protect your family.