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The Roots of Wisdom 
淡中知真味,常里识英奇Know the flavor within the plain,See the wonder within the common 
闲时吃紧,忙里悠闲Urgency in Idsure,Leisure in toil 
澹泊明志,肥甘丧节In plainness is ambition realized,In richness is integrity compromised 
眼前放宽大,身后恩泽久Opened wide before you,Enduring kindness after 
路要让一步,味须减三分On a path,yield a step;In tasting,share a bite 
侠义交友,纯心做人Chivalry in making friends,Purity in living life 
退即是进,与即是得To retreat is to advance, Togive is to receive 
骄矜无功,忏悔减罪Arrogance negates achievement,Repentance annuls misdeeds 
动静合宜,道之真体Movement and stillness in harmony are the,Dao’s genuine body 
轩冕客志在林泉,山林士胸怀廊庙Those of coaches and crowns wish for woods and springs,Those of hills and woods yearn for halls and temples 
做事勿太苦,待人勿太枯Do not let industry become drudgery,Do not treat others with indifference 
知退一步之法,加让三分之功Know to retreat a step,Try to yield a bit 
对小人不恶,待君子有礼Do not despise the underling,Treat the gentleman with propriety 
超越天地之外,入于名利之中Transcending heaven and earth,Entering among fame and fortune 
修德须忘功名,读书定要深心Cultivating virtue takes forgetting fame,Acquiring knowledge requires a mind of depth 
真伪之道,只在一念The ways of truth and deceit reside in a single thought 
忘功不忘过,忘怨不忘恩 Forget achievement but not transgressions,Forget blame but not kindness 
恶人读书,适以济恶An evilperson's learning,Serves to abetevil 
读书希圣讲学躬行,居官爱民立业种德Longfor sageliness in learning, practice what you preach.Care for the people when in office,cultivate virtue in your career 
苦中有乐,乐中有苦The delight of ioy is often found in the midst of hardship,The pang of disappointment come in times of fulfillment 
谦虚受益,满盈招损 Modesty brings benefit,Complacency courts danger 
勿羡贵显,勿忧饥饿Do not envy eminence,Do not dread hunger 
阴恶之恶大,显善之善小A hidden evil is a cardinal evil,A flaunted good is a minorgood 
忧劳兴国,逸豫亡身 A country prospers through worry and toil,The self is lost through idle leisure 
一念贪私,万劫不复A single thought of selfish greed,A thousand pains without return 
心公不昧,六贼无踪 If master of the mind is on alert,The bandits six shall show no trace 
勉励现前之业,图谋未来之功Pushing the present enterprise,Planning for future success 
不着色相,不留声影Not caught up in material things,Not keeping the sounds and shadows 
动中静是真静,苦中乐见真乐Tranquillity amid tumult is genuine tranquillity,Pleasure amid hardship is genuine pleasure 
多种功德,勿贪权位Strive to cultivate achievement and virtue,Do not covet power and status 
文章极处无奇巧,人品极处只泰然A perfect essay takes no unusual skill, A perfect character is simply natural 
人生无常,不可虚度Life does not endure,So do not live in vain 
持盈履满,君子兢兢When grasping hold of plenty,A gentlemen treads lightly 
大处着眼,小处着手Turn your eyes to the big view,Turn your hands to the details 
爱重反为仇,薄极反为喜Love too heavy turns to hate,A meagerjot can turn tojoy 
对阴险者勿推心,遇高傲者勿多口Do not open up to the devious,Do not say much to the arrogant 
大量能容,不动声色Forbear much,Reveal little 
人乃天地之缩图,天地乃人之父母People ave microcosms of the universe,The universe is the parent of people 
伦常本平天性,不可任德怀恩Family ethics are innate,Without the need for pride or thanks 
不夸妍好洁,无丑污之辱Gone with the praise of beauty,Goes insult of the unsightly 
应以德御才,勿恃才败德 Virtue should guide talent,Without talent shirking virtue 
穷寇勿追,投鼠忌器Do not pursue a desperate enemy,Careful the object you throw at a mouse 
趋炎附势,人情之常 To flock to power and influence is common to human nature 
须冷眼观物,勿轻动刚肠Observe with a cool eye,Do not rashly vent your spleen 
人心惟危,道心惟微When the human heart is unresolved,The moral mind is indistinct 
自然造化之妙,智巧所不能及It is the wonder of natural transformations, That cannot be matched by human ingenuity 
云去而本觉之月现,尘拂而真如之镜明 When the clouds are gone,the moon appears,When the dust is cleared,the mirror shines 
急流勇退,与世无争Bravely retreat in rapid currents,Struggle not against the world 
文华不如简素,谈今不如述古 Better to have plain simplicity than elaborate embellishment,Better to recount the ancients than discuss the moderns 
修身种德,事业之基Cultivating virtue within yourself is the foundation of successful endeavor 
心善而子孙盛,根深而枝叶荣With a good head,children and grandchildren prosper;With strong roots,leaves and branches flourish 
勿妄自菲薄,勿自夸自傲Do not be quick to belittle yourself,Do not boast or act arrogantly 
道乃公正无私,学当随时警惕The Dao is a public thing,Learning is a home cooked meal 
律己宜严,待人宜宽Be seveye with yourself and lenient toward others 
人情冷暧,世态炎凉Peeple's feelings are warm and cold,The world's atfftude is hot and cool 
慈悲之心,生生之机A mind of compassion,A motive for life
为官公廉,居家恕俭In Office,fairness and integrity,At home,tolerance and thrift 
处富知贫,居安思危In prosperity,understand poverty,In stability,think about peril 
不得罪小人,不奉承君子Do not antagonize the petty one,Do not flatter the gentleman 
喜忧安危,勿介于心The vicissitudes of life are not worth dwelling on 
宴乐声色名位,三者不可过贪Parties and pleasure,music and lust, reputation and status,Several things to be approached with temperance 
冷静观人,理智处世Observe others coolly,Conduct affairs intelligently 
躁性偾事,和平徼福A frenzied nature injures the world Peace and harmony invite blessings 
恶不可即就,善不可急亲Do not immediately,accept rumored evil,Do not immediately approach rumored good 
酷则失善人,滥则招恶友Severity drives away good people,Carelessness invites wicked friends 
不轻诺,不生嗔,不多事,不倦怠Do not make blithe promises or lose your temper,Do not meddle in others’affairs or fail to finish 
守口须密,防意须严 Closely guard the mouth,Staunchly check ambition 
不忧患难,不畏权豪Neither troubled in hardship,Nor fearful of authority 
The Roots of Wisdom 
言行多不顾行,谈者未必真知Talkers rarely pay attention to actions, Debaters don’t necessarily understand 
无为之作,优游清逸Doing nothing with nothing to do,Carefree playing in purest leisure 
世之广狭,皆由自造The confines of the world are created by us 
乐贵自然真趣,景物不在多远Taking joy in nature’s delights,Stunning views ape never far 
心静而本体现,水清而月影明The mind quiet,original substance appears,The water clear,the moon’s reflection shines 
观形不如观心,神用胜过迹用 Better to see the interior than know the exterior,The spirit employed always beats the form employed 
心无物欲乾坤静,坐有琴书便是仙The head free of desire quiets heaven and earth,A home with books and music becomes a magic kingdom 
知机真神乎,会趣明道矣 The wonder of knowing the mysteries,The wisdom of seeing delight 
万象皆空幻,达人须达观 The myriad appearances are empty illusions, The enlightened person must have comprehension 
泡沫人生,何争名利In the bubbl'e that is life,Why fight over fame and fortune 
广狭长短,由于心念Narrow or broad,short or long,they’ye all from the thoughts of the mind 
与闲云为友,以风月为家I makefriends with the leisurely clouds and take the scenery as my home 
隐者无荣辱,道义无炎凉Recluses have no honor or disgrace,Morality knows neither hot nor cold 
隐者高明,省事平安The reclusive one is intelligent,Reducing tasks brings peace 
超越喧寂,悠然自适To transcend splendor and solitude,To be at comfort anywhere 
得道无牵系,静躁两无关Enlightened ones have no attachments,Quiet and calm make no difference 
理出于易,道不在远Understand ing is found in simplicity,Enlightenment isn’t far away 
动静合宜,出入无碍 Movement and stillness come with ease,Leaving and entering without obstruction 
执著是苦海,解脱是仙乡Holding on means a sea of suffering.Letting go means a land of paradise 
卧云弄月,绝俗超尘Sleeping and playing in nature,Escaping the dusty world 
云中世界,静里乾坤 A world among clouds,A univPrse in tranquillity 
不希荣达,不畏权势No hope for splendor,No fear of power 
圣境之下,调心养神 An inspirational environment,Attuning the mind, cultivating the spirit 
春之繁华,不若秋之清爽 Better the brisk air of autumn than the vibrancy of spring 
得诗家真趣,悟禅教玄机Achieve the true sentiments of a poet,Realize the mysterious truths of Zen 
像由心生,像随心灭An image is born,issued from the mind An image is gone,following the mind 
来去自如,融通自在 Coming and going at will,Dissolved in confident ease 
欲心生邪念,虚心生正念An acquisitive mind breeds deviant thoughts,A vacuous mind breeds decent thoughts 
富者多忧,贵者多险The wealthy have many worries,The noble have many dangers 
处世流水落花,身心皆得自在Live life like flowing water,drooping flowers,The body and mind must always be at ease 
处世忘世,超物乐天Living in the world,forget the world,Transcending things,enioy nature 
人生本无常,盛衰何可恃Life itself does not endure,How can prosperity be counted on 
宠辱不惊,去留无意Scorn or favor brings no surprise,Going or staying makes no difference 
苦海茫茫,回头是岸The sea of suffering is vast and far,Turn your head to the other shore 
求心内之佛,却心外之法Seeking the Buddha on the inside,Spurning the dharmas on the outside 
野趣丰处,诗兴自涌In the charm of the wilds and places replete,Poetical springs well up from inside 
在世出世,真空不空Live in the world,transcend the world,The True Emptiness is not empty 
毁誉褒贬,一任世情Praise and slander,libel and fame,Resigned to all the world can give 
彻见自性,不必谈禅He who knows his original nature has no patience for talk of Zen 
真不离幻,雅不离俗The genuine leaves not the illusory,The refined leaves not the mundane 
布茅蔬淡,颐养天和A blanket of straw and vegetables plain nourish a natural harmony 
断绝思虑,光风霁月 To cut off all your worries,A sunny breeze,an afterrain moon 
操持身心,收放自如Minding the body and mind,Freedom in indulgence and restraint 
自然人心,融和一体Nature and the mind,Harmonize as one 
雌雄妍丑,一时假相 Winner and loser,beautidul and ugly are just momentary illusions 
祸福苦乐,一念之差Good and bad fortune,suffering and joy,There is only the difference of a single thought 
若要功夫深,铁杵磨成针With quiet patience and constant discipline,A foot of iron is ground into a pin 
雨后山色鲜,静夜钟声清After a rain,the mountains seem fresh;In the night,a bell rings clear 
雪夜读书夜清,登山远眺心旷 Snowstorm studying purifies the spirit, Hilltop vistos expond the mind 
万钟一发,存乎一心A thousand gallons,a singlehair,Each exists within the mind 
就身了身,以物付物Understand the self based on the self,Allow for things to take care of themselves 
不可徒劳身心,当乐风月之趣Do not over work yourself,Enjoy the beauty of nature 
风迹留影,过而不留A passing wind,the moon’s reflection,Leave and then are gone 
月盈则亏,履满者戒On reaching fullness,the moon wanes,One who reaches fulfillment abstains 
把握要点,卷舒自在Grasp the essentials and move about freely 
超越口耳之嗜欲,得见人生之真趣Transcend sensual desires Achieve life’s delights 
附录·延伸阅读APPENDIX Further reading 
色AND空Material World□Kong 
工作时工作,休息时休息Work While You Work,Play While You Play 
各有特质Everyone Has Unique Qualities 
不问前生,只问今世Do Not Be Concerned about the Past;Only Care about the Present 
象牙·佛珠Ivory and the Buddhist Rosary 
蚕与蜘蛛The Silkworm and the Spider 
过分要求Asking for Too Much 
两只蛙Two Frogs 
蝉与狐The Cicada and the Fox 
银子与石头Silver and Rock 
不知足是病Discontent Is a Disease 
恶魔的帮手A Person’s Worst Enemy 
铁杵磨针喻A New Interpretation for the Chinese Legend of Turning an Iron Rod into a Needle 
握在手上的才切实际Only What We Hold in Our Hands Is Meaningful 
自知之明好量力Know Yourself and Stay within Your Capabilities 
狐狸与葡萄园The Fox and the Grape Vine—yard 
每个人该有两个生日Everyone Should HaveTwo Birthdays 
野驴与家驴The Wild Donkey □ the Domesticated Donkey 
捞过界的屠夫The Butcher Who Crossed His Level of Competence 
驴叫与蝉鸣The Cry of theDonkey □ the Singing of the Cicada 
蚊与牛The Mosquito □ the Ox 
人生就是过程Life Is in the Living 
何谓真“象”What Is a True“Elephant”? 
小草的觉悟The Enlightenment of a Blade of Grass 
水与咖啡Water □ Coffee 
人生没有对错There Is No Absolute Right or Wrong in Life 
道The Tao Road 
刻意Trying Too Hard 
小指的悲哀The Sadness of the Pinky Finger 
佛与粪Buddha and a Pile of Shit 
八风吹不动,一屁过江来The Eight Types of Emotional Winds Could Not Move Him;Yet,One Passing of Gas Blows Him across the River 
蜕变自己The Transformation of the Self 
谈禅令人呕吐Discussion of Zen Is Nauseating 
“是”而非“有”“Being”and Not“Having” 
拥有与融入Ownership and Being A Part of 
扮演自己的角色Play One’s Role in Life 
尽情做自己Be All You Can Be 
诞生自己Recovery of the Soul 
应无所住而生其心Do Not Be Attached and Let the Essence of the Heart Emerge 
真空妙有Ultimate Kong and Special Being 
输与赢Losing and Winning 
人生的牢狱 The Prison of Life 
鱼与鸟The Fish and the Bird 
大与小Big and Small 
前生今世Past and Present 
有与无To Have and Not to Have 
孤寂与唠叨Loneliness and Nagging 
山不长脚,人长The Mountain Has No Feet,I Do 
自在地做一只都市的熊Be a Carefree Urban Bear 
实相看不见Not Able to See the Heart of Things 
两种观点Two Points of View 
你拥有自己吗?Do You Own Yourself? 
大、小、多、少 Big vs.Small □ Abundant vs.Scarce 
人生的意义The Meaning of Lire 
万物的本质The Spirit of Everything 
自省为先 Self—Reflection as the First Priority 
云想衣裳花想容 The Clouds Desire Pretty Attire and the Flowers Desire Pretty Faces 
轮回 Reincarnation 
失即是得Loss Is Gain 
1的故事 The Story of 1 
附录·延伸阅读APPENDIX Further reading
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