Zengetsu, a Chinese master of the T’ang dynasty,
wrote the following advice for his pupils:
Living in the world yet not forming attachments
to the dust of the world is the way of a
true Zen student.
When witnessing the good action of another
encourage yourself to follow his example.
Hearing of the mistaken action of another,
advise yourself not to emulate it.
Even though alone in a dark room, be as if you
were facing a noble guest. Express your
feelings, but become no more expressive
than your true nature.
Poverty is your treasure. Never exchange it for
an easy life.
A person may appear a fool and yet not be one.
He may only be guarding his wisdom carefully.
Virtues are the fruit of self-discipline and
do not drop from heaven of themselves as
does rain or snow.
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 forward. Its
words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and
of great value.
To a sincere student, every day is a fortunate
day. Time passes but he never lags behind.
Neither glory nor shame can move him.
Censure yourself, never another. Do not discuss
right and wrong.
Some things, though right, were considered wrong
for generations. Since the value of
righteousness may be recognized after
centuries, there is no need to crave an
Live with cause and leave results to the great
law of the universe. Pass each day in
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