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Philosophical Sayings About Worldly Matter (XV)

Updated: Jul 7




A wise person knows that negative experiences in life are just as useful as positive ones. That is why he remembers both of them. Negative experiences are taken as warnings against erring and positive ones as means to increase the well-being of others. Such is the attitude of a wise person toward life experiences.


(This is a translation of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu’s philosophical sayings about worldly matters originally written in Chinese.)


 

Below is not an official translation, just for reference.


A person with wisdom and high moral character is broad-minded, magnanimous, listens to good and bad words about him, and absorbs positive and negative experiences. Positive experiences are absorbed to enrich one's talents, improve one's abilities, and use them. These good benefits are beneficial to humankind. Negative experiences are used to examine and compare oneself and take them as warnings so that one does not make similar mistakes.


In doing so, it is because a wise person will increase the well-being of others to benefit the masses. Furthermore, in order to benefit the masses, the negative experiences are taken as a mirror for oneself. One examines one's own mistakes and shortcomings and corrects them to achieve the purpose of benefiting both society and his own development. Therefore, the path of goodness is called a state of practice that cultivates morality and serves the masses.

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