Posted on December 20, 2011
Remember always that you are just a visitor, a traveler passing through.
Your stay here is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.
None can live without toil, and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed.
But if you toil without rest, fatigue and weariness will overtake you
and you will be denied the joy that comes from labor’s end.
Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice.
If you talk much this will make you deaf to what others say,
and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn more.
Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are offered.
Take small account of might, wealth, and fame for they soon pass and are forgotten.
Instead, nurture love within you and strive to be a friend to all.
Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.
Treasure silence when you find it
and, mindful of your duties, set time aside to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretence and self-deception and see yourself as you really are.
Despite all appearances, no one is really evil.
They are led astray by ignorance.
If you ponder this truth often you will offer light rather that blame and condemnation.
You, no less than all beings, have Buddha Nature within.
Your essential mind is pure.
Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall,
let not remorse nor dark foreboding cast you down.
Be of good cheer and with this understanding summon strength and carry on.
Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the light burn bright.
Carry this lamp always and in time
darkness will yield and you will abide in light.
—Bhante Shravasti Dhammika