Philosophical Sayings About Worldly Matters 51-55

  (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.)


  One with a goal to reach needs guidance, but guidance cannot replace the effort one has to make. Though the road lanterns show your way, without stepping forward, you reach nowhere. It is one’s own effort that is decisive.


  Arrogant persons often demand respect with their power, yet they are never respected wholeheartedly. Why? Power does not equal truth, and demanding respect is merely evidence of arrogance and stupidity. Genuine respect is built on moral integrity and can stand the test of time.


  Wisdom and ability come with the experience of what one is conscious of, which is a process of transforming knowledge into practice. It is these experiences that make one erudite.


  The rigors of life are what a person wishing to become a worthy member of society has to undergo. This process can be compared to the smelting of rocks to extract the gold they contain. Without being subjected to the heat, rocks will remain just rocks and lie useless in the wilderness. Because the gold requires hard work to extract, it has extra value. That is why one should cherish the fortune he has won the hard way.


  A person with a great deal of talent but little morality achieves nothing. He tends to demonstrate his talent recklessly, even at the expense of hurting others, and thus isolates himself and loses support and help from others. Talent alone without support and help is a sheer waste.

Also, the following is the three-dimensional image “Splendor in the Golden Palace” by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III,  previously know as Master Wan Ko Yee