365 Days for Travelers: Jan 8


Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics

ELIMINATING LOWLY WORDS

Honor and riches,
such floating clouds are not worth bloating,
Folks and fashions
are just something overly unthrifty;
I casually project these two words
to anyone who crosses paths with me,
Diligence and frugality,
these will be the foundations of success.

HANSHAN AND SHIDE’S SONG OF ENDURANCE

Hanshan once asked Shide, “In this world, how
should I deal with someone who slanders me, bullies
me, insults me, ridicules me, disparages me, belittles
me, offends me, or deceives me?”

Shide answered, “Just tolerate him, let him be,
avoid him, respect him, ignore him, and wait for a
few years to see what becomes of him.”