Daily quotes from Tzu Chi Jing Si Aphorisms (靜思語) by Venerable Master Shih Cheng Yen

I will add one quote a day starting on January 2, 2017 from Master Cheng Yen’s Jing Si Aphorisms (靜思語).


About this Jing Si Aphorism: Quote from Master Cheng Yen’s Jing Si Aphorisms:

“Following and applying the teachings of Buddha in our daily lives and transforming ourselves into living Bodhisattvas” is the goal that Master Cheng Yen has ardently, and without reservation, pursued for more than four decades. How can one combine the Buddha’s teachings and life lessons? How can one make the Bodhisattva path the spiritual goal of present day people? Master Cheng Yen accomplishes these goals by translating the essence of the Buddha’s teachings into simple and easy to understand language and uses everyday events to exemplify life lessons. Her exquisite words and caring thoughts inspire wisdom and provide direction amidst delusional thinking.

Direct quote, in reversed page order, from Master Cheng Yen’s Jing Si Aphorisms (靜思語):

P064: The first step on the path of Buddhism is to lessen our desires and be satisfied with what we have.  Then our minds will relax and we will relax and we will begin to gain wisdom.

P062: The ocean can be filled [up], yet the tiny mouth of a human being can never be filled [up to stop from churning out gossip].

P060: Know your blessings, cherish them and sow more blessings.

P058: One who is content is immensely broadhearted.  A broadhearted person will not be in dispute with others over any matters.  [One who is easy to content with often has a tolerant mind.  A tolerant minded person would be tolerant of others and matters.]

P056: If we can reduce our desires, there is nothing really worth getting upset about.  [If one minimizes his wants, there will be much less chance of sweating over the small stuff.]

P054: How bitter life is when we have desires!  Our demands on others bring endless misery.  [The more we ask for more than we deserve, the more difficulties we will encounter.  If we relentlessly make demands on others, the hardship from those unsatisfied demands could become endless.]

P052: 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 objects.  [Resources are meant for us to deploy; while the lack of wisdom leads to our insatiate demands for goods that in turn, enslaves us.]

P050: Because seeing virtue in others is in itself a virtue, in appreciating others, we in fact dignify ourselves.  [Admiring others could shade elegance upon ourselves.]

P048: A refined disposition is naturally expressed in the way a person walks, lives, sits, and sleeps.  [An individual’s disciplines can show in his walks, living space arrangements, sitting manner and reclining positions while resting.]

P046: The beauty of a group lies in the refinement of its individuals.  [The beauty of a group lies upon the assembly of each individual’s ethics practice.]

P044: In handling matters, let your mind influence your heart.  In dealing with people, let your heart influence your mind.  [Manage business with mind based upon your heart; while dealing with human relationship, you will let your heart drive your mind.]

P042: Good actions require everyone’s cooperation.  So let’s not cling to personal biases.  [It takes all of us: you, them and us to accomplish things; so let’s set aside our prejudices.]

P040: We must carry out our tasks according to principles, and not let our principles be compromised by our tasks.  [It is the principles that guide our actions, not to bend our principles to fit into the situation.]

P038: Abide by your principles in everything you do.  Never do things just to satisfy others.  For rather than satisfying them, you may get in over your head.  [Keep your principles in mind on everything you do; do not compromise your principles for the sake of others’ wants.  Acting to satisfy others’ wants while leaving your principles behind, you might not be helping while instead, you compromise yourself.]

P036: Nothing is impossible with confidence, perseverance, and courage.  [Confidence, perseverance and courage working together can warrant success.]

P034: The hardest thing for people to see is themselves.  [The hardest thing to see in life is to look into oneself.]

P032: Repentance purifies the mind; a pure mind can readily sweep away afflictions.  [Repentance leads to a clear mind; a clear mind rids off all worries.]

P030: It is easy to reflect on major mistakes, and [but] hard to eliminate small bad habits.

. P028: To shoulder a burden is an inspiring force.  To admit a mistake is a noble virtue.  [Taking charge a mission is a powerful motivation; Taking the responsibility from a mistake is a virtue.]

. P026: We start to slacken the minute we find excuses for ourself. [We start getting lazy the moment we find an excuse for ourself.]

. P024: People who are preoccupied with past achievements cannot humble themselves. [Note: My own translation from the original Mandarin version: Those who forget to humble themselves is often due to their being overindulging in their past achievements.]

. P022: To regard ourself lightly is prajna (wisdom).  To regard ourself highly is attachment.

. P020: To be humble is to shrink our ego until we are small enough to enter another’s eyes and [to] reside in their heart and mind.

. P018: Only those who respect themselves have the courage to be humble.

.P016 Those who have great wisdom must all the more be humble and unassuming, just like the rice stalk that bows under the weight of ripe grain.

.P014 To willingly undergo hardship for the sake of helping others is compassion.

.P(age) 012 A person with a generous heart [being forgiving] and compassion for all beings leads the most blessed life.

. Transient though life may be, one’s contributions will live on; as love knows no boundaries, its spirit will always remain.

. The future is an illusion, the past is a memory [alternating among the goods and bads].  Hold on to the goodness that is in our heart at this present moment and take care to fulfill the duties that we have at hand.

. When walking, as we step one foot forward, we lift the other foot up.  In the same way, we should let go of yesterday and focus on today.

. Use wisdom to contemplate the meaning of life.  Use resolve to organize the time you are given.

. Over time, we can build great character, achieve great success, and cultivate great virtue.

. While working, learn; while learning, awaken to the many truths of life.


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