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2/12: FAMILY TEACHINGS OF SIMA GUANG

Sima Guang (1019 - 1086, Song Dynasty)
English translation: John Balcom

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.

from Gujin Tushu Jicheng
(Complete Collection of Illustrations and Writings from the Earliest to Current Times)

AXLE OF ADVICE

Lin Zexu (1785 - 1850, Qing Dynasty)
English translation: John Balcom

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.

from Fo Guang Shan Mingjia Bairen Beiqiang
(Fo Guang Shan Benefactor's Wall)

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Wearing the armor of diligence
and holding the bow of tolerance,
we can subdue Mara.
Mixing compassion-water
with wisdom-wood,
we can build a temple.

Dharma Instruments

Venerable Master Hsing Yun grants voices to the objects of daily monastic life to tell their stories in this collection of first-person narratives.

Sutras Chanting

The Medicine Buddha SutraMedicine Buddha, the Buddha of healing in Chinese Buddhism, is believed to cure all suffering (both physical and mental) of sentient beings. The Medicine Buddha Sutra is commonly chanted and recited in Buddhist monasteries, and the Medicine Buddha’s twelve great vows are widely praised.

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