108 Adages of Wisdom IILiving a Carefree Life
1. Be humble to those below and show respect to those above. These are important lessons for a bodhisattva practitioner.
2. Dedication rather than competition. Cherish blessings rather than indulgence.
3. Love yourself, others, and all sentient beings; rescue yourself, others, and all sentient beings.
4. An altruistic mind is a pure mind that does not ask for any result or reward.
5. The essence of possession and giving is love , but, one benefits the self, the second benefits others. Possession is self craving; giving stems from a great love that is selfless, joyful, and equanimous.
6. Self-disciplined by principle the bodhisattva does not demand of others what is inappropriate or impossible.
7. A bodhisattva is broad-minded and big-hearted. He is the steppingstone and path to accomplishment for others.
8. When others misunderstand you, first realize that the fault lies with you.
9. At a task think of others; in a mistake, look to yourself.
10. Accomplish your own ends by honoring others; reconcile hostility with respect to others; increase harmony with praise of others.
11. One who cannot let go of himself lacks wisdom; one who cannot let go of others lacks compassion.
12. Greet others with a blessing, gain friendship and peace at the same time.
13. Show friendship and extend a helping hand and you will emit the radiance of harmony, happiness, and peace.
14. Less quarreling leads to less controversy; more sincerity leads to more peace.
15. To affirm your strengths is self-confidence; to know your defects is growth; to understand others is respect.
16. Care for sentient beings and let go of your achievement.
17. When working together with a subordinate, show concern not blame, encouragement not arrogance, consultation not authority.
18. A forceful and stubborn person only hurts others without helping himself; a mild and patient person is at peace with himself and others.
19. To calm people you must harmonize with them. To gain respect, be a person who is mild and patient, for harmony unites people and mildness diffuses severity.
20. The meaning of life lies in constant learning and dedication; helping others leads to self-growth.
21. If wisdom is your measure, you will refrain from idle chatter.
22. Friendliness towards others brings a life of peace.
23. A bright person is not necessarily wise; a dull person not necessarily foolish. Wisdom is not the same as knowledge; it lies in how you treat others and handle yourself.
24. Compassion is to reduce others' vexations; wisdom is to reduce your own.
25. Do not force others to wear your shoes; do not confuse others' problems with your own.
26. Great merit lies in attending to others' suffering; Great wisdom lies in helping them solve their problems.
27. Once you realize that all phenomena in this world are impermanent, you will attain true inner peace.
28. Reap gratitude not hatred—you will live in harmony and joy.
29. A smile and a kind word are great giving that sow favorable conditions.
30. If you can reduce meaningless emotions, you will avoid unnecessary trouble.
31. Dedication repays gratitude; repentance disciplines the self.
32. Do your best to benefit others and in the process improve yourself. This is the measure of success.
33. How should you conduct yourself and deal with others? Be "square inside"—live by principle; and "round outside"—exercise expedience.
34. If you cannot help others, then at least refrain from hurting them.
35. Increase virtue in your speech; decrease ill will in speaking. These great merits will nurture blessings.