A GOOD HEART AND GOOD FORTUNE
A good heart and good fortune
will lead to a lifetime of prosperity.
A malicious heart and good fortune
will turn blessings into omens of bad luck.
A good heart and bad fortune
will turn misfortunes into blessings.
A malicious heart and bad fortune
will bring disaster and poverty.
Speak good words, do good deeds, think good
thoughts, to create beautiful a Pure Land for me and you.
NOTE: Most people relegate success and failure to
external causes and conditions, as if they have no
control over what happens to them. They credit
success to good fortune and failure to bad luck.
They do not seem to understand that the key to
success or failure lies within each of us.
According to the Buddha’s teaching, “Effect is
determined by cause and condition.” If we desire a
certain result, we must first cultivate the right
causes and conditions. If we wish to have a good
harvest, we must first till the land and sow the seed.
In order to be successful, we must create the right
causes and conditions; without them, success will
not come about. Therefore, to determine success
or failure, it is up to us to decide what kind of effort
we are willing to put forth in our endeavors.