Zen-get-su's Advice

Zen-get-su was a Chinese master who lived in the Tang Dynasty. He wrote the following advice for his students.

“Live in the world without any attachments,
not even to the dust of the world, is the way of Zen."

“Seeing the good deeds of others, encourage yourself to follow their example.
Hearing the wrong doings of others, caution yourself not to emulate them."

“When you’re alone, behave as if you were in the presence of a noble guest.
Express your feelings, but not more than your true nature."

“Poverty is your treasure.
Do not exchange it for an easy life."

“A person may appear a fool yet is not one.
He may just be guarding his wisdom carefully."

“Virtues are the fruits of self-discipline.
Unlike snow or rain, they do not drop from heaven on their own."

“Modesty is the foundation of all virtues.
Let your neighbors discover you before you make yourself known to them."

“A noble heart never forces itself on others.
Its words are like rare gems, seldom displayed but very valuable."

“To a sincere student, every day is a fortunate day.
Time passes but he does not lag behind.
Neither glory nor shame can ever move him."

“Censure yourself, never another.
Do not discuss right or wrong.

“Some things, though right, are considered wrong maybe for a long time.
The value of righteousness may not be recognized for centuries.
Therefore, do not crave for immediate appreciation."

“Live by awareness of causes.
Leave the results to the great law of the universe.
Pass each day in peaceful contemplation.”

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