Life Philosophies

[Cultivating the Mind 养心斋]

Life Philosophies – Benefit Your Entire Life….

 人生哲理

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A gardener told me,
Not all flowers are suitable for fertile soil.
The desert is a paradise for cactus.
Many successes or failures in life do not depend upon merits of the environment,
but whether you choose for the right position.
一位园丁告诉我,
不是所有的花都适于肥沃的土壤。
沙漠就是仙人掌的乐园。
人生的许多成败,不在于环境的优劣,
而在于你是否选对自己的位置。

 

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A shepherd told me,
He was very happy,
Because he can talk with wild flowers and chat with birds,
dance with white clouds and floating prairie.
Lot emptiness in life is not the lonely person,
but the loneliness in heart/mind.

一位羊倌告诉我,
他很快活,
因为他可以与野花攀谈与林鸟对话,
随白云飘荡草原起舞。
人生的许多空虚,不在于人的孤独,
而在于心的寂寞。

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A fisherman told me,
There were more boats capsized due to rocks than those being overturned by hurricanes
Many critical moments in life, it is not about resistance to the wind and rain,
But about repairing and filling the holes.
一位渔民告诉我,
因触礁倾覆的船比被飓风掀翻的船要多。
人生的许多关头,不在于抗风雨,
而在于补漏洞。

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A chef told me,
A fresh fish not need hanging paste and frying,
Really good soup never add MSG, but slowly boiled original-juice.
Many qualities in life do not lie in the external packaging,
but in the internal character/quality.
一位厨师告诉我,
鲜活的鱼没有挂糊油炸的,
真正的好汤从不添加味精,而是慢慢熬成的原汁。
人生的许多档次,不在于外在的包装,
而在于内在的品质。

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A mountaineer told me,
Gorgeous good-looking mushrooms are often toxic,
While bitter wild weds often relieve inflammation.
Many wisdoms of life are not just to observe,
but rather to distinguish.
一位山民告诉我,
艳丽好看的蘑菇往往有毒,
苦涩的野菜常常败火。
人生的许多智慧,不在于观察,
而在于分辨。

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A refinery worker told me,
Steel refinery has an important process called “quenching.”
Put hot flash fire ingots into cold water to cool rapidly.
Much brilliance in life is not the fanatical catharsis,
But rather the calm condensation.
一位炼工告诉我,
铸钢有一道重要的工序叫“淬火”。
把滚烫的火锭放到寒水里急骤降温。
人生的许多辉煌,不在于狂热地宣泄,
而在于冷静地凝结。

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A photographer told me:
They went to a distant mountain village to take photos,
Someone named the group of photos “years of suffering”
But another hold a personal photo exhibition entitled “Xanadu.”
A lot of joys in life are not in your situation,
But in your angle to view the situation.
一位拍客告诉我:
他们去遥远的山寨采风,
有人拍回的组照名曰《苦难岁月》,
有人随后举办的个人摄影展唤作《世外桃源》。
人生的许多苦乐,不在于你的处境,
而在于你看境遇的角度。

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A teacher told me,
He found that those students asking a lot questions in class, compared to those who listen carefully
have a stronger ability to adapt to the community and society.
Many realms in life is not about following,
But rather to explore it yourself.
一位教师告诉我,
他发现上课积极提问的学生比认真听讲的学生,
到社会后有更强的适应能力。
人生的许多境界,不在于跟随,
而在于自我探求。

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A painter told me,
The master’s works often left “blank”,
Too full and too crowded are likely to lose the space for imagination.
Many charms of life are not in the perfection,
but in the recollection of the regret or shortcoming.
一位画家告诉我,
大师的作品常常“留白”,
太满太挤容易使人失去想象的空间。
人生的许多魅力,不在于完美,
而在于对缺憾的回味。

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A respected monk told me,
Tathagata does not live in the western Paradise,
But in the hearts of each of us,
It is better to adore ourselves rather than worship the Buddha.
Much searching in life is not thousands of miles away,
but rather within us.
一位高僧告诉我,
如来并不住在西方极乐世界,
他就住在我们每一个人的心中,
拜佛不如拜自己。
人生的许多寻找,不在于千山万水,
而在于咫尺之间。

(Adapted from WeChat:  此文不读,后悔终生 http://url.cn/TVFDQZ)

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