(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.)
Minor things are useful. Do not give them up because of their insignificance or defects. Why? Because defects exist side by side with merits. The right thing to do is to make the best use of a thing’s merits and ignore its defects. Bulky logs can be used as material for buildings and ships, but they are unfit to fuel a cooking stove. For cooking fuel you need small pieces of firewood or you go hungry.
Complacency and pessimism are enemies of success. Complacency creates a false pride that inhibits one from learning more, and pessimism leads to inaction that kills all the possibilities of success.
The wicked always fein benignity to cover up their evil deeds. The virtuous always speak truth with no fear of evil powers. They are ready to acknowledge their errors because they have confidence in their moral strength.
The road to happiness is often cut short by rivers, and the bridges across them are often damaged. Happiness won’t be yours if you do not think of a way to get across the rivers. Success belongs to those who spare no toil and sweat to win it. Castles are built on solid ground with solid work.
Those who make achievements start from experiencing all kinds of sweet-sour or bitter-spicy tastes. How can one know delicious food if one has not tasted the foul? Those raised on syrups will never know what it is like to be frustrated and will become arrogant. This arrogance will alienate them from other people whose support and help they will need to achieve real fame. A single lion can do nothing.