慈濟傳播人文志業基金會
Jing Si Aphorisms

The Buddha says:

The most important thing I teach is to cultivate the mind.

You should work hard to control your desires,

keep your actions, thoughts, and words proper,

and avoid greed, anger, and delusion.

Always remember that everything will pass away.

The mind should be like the bright moon. Wherever there is water, there is the reflection of the moon.

The mind should be like the sky. Whenever the clouds part, there is blue sky.

The mind should be like a mirror. Although the reflections of everything around it keep changing, the mirror itself never changes. In the same way, our minds should be steady in a constantly changing world.

The Christian God guides us on the way of love for all, while the Buddha guides us on the way of compassion. Whether it is love or compassion, we are all walking on a proper way of spirituality. The aspirations of religious leaders should be as broad as the ocean. Every current, stream, brook and river join together in the ocean. I certainly expect that we can emphasize our similarities and not our differences, and constantly encourage each other.

March 2018