“Philosophical Sayings about Worldly Matters” XXI-XXV

by Sharon S.

《世法哲言》 26~30

Written by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III

XXVI.
A person grows wiser by learning from the setbacks he suffered. True knowledge comes from one’s own experience. Secondhand experience is worth little.
人生明達之道,悟于挫折迭起之踐,凡事之解者,必于親身所歷之驗也,無實之聞,聞而無實,故身之所歷親見本來,得以明達之理。

XXVII.
Nothing hurts more than conceit. Claim to know what you actually do not and people will turn their back on you, leaving you in the cold. How can you tell an honest person from a wise person? An honest person is one who does not pretend to know what he does not; a wise person is one who does not say more than what the occasion demands. Both persons keep conceit away.
驕敵巨害,知一狂二,點滴之因唯吾巨識,驕之人遠,傲之或離,事成業就之死敵也。忠士、智士怎分別相?二士遠離驕敵,知百言百乃忠士,識千而應機所說乃智士也。

XXVIII.
One owes one’s success to external factors that tap one’s potential. A solitary piece of wood by itself can never make a house, and it takes meticulous processing to reveal the beauty of jade stones.
人才之成就者,具內因必依外緣之助耳,無或之幫獨木何房,頑石美玉依藝或之精雕而絢麗之道,理法如是。

XXIX.
Be aware that regret is an enemy of success, or you will be regretting day after day. The time spent on regretting could well be used for action. Therefore, do not let action be replaced by regretting. Once you realize that this is the Way, there will be no time for regretting whatsoever.
嘆息之敵弗可視,視則明日復明日,嘆息之時即為功,莫讓嘆息代行功,識破機關當下道,何來惱悔與嘆風。

XXX.
A protracted dispute is wrong on both sides. Why? Entangled in such a dispute, both sides see only the faults of the opposing party and the merits of his own. Continuing dispute will but increase the wrongdoing. When one realizes that the other party is as annoyed as he is, one is apt to withdraw from the dispute.
久執之爭,是為雙錯,原何也,互見其過兮,互識自優兮,久之誤重,則弗見其對惱耳,由是無爭于執也。

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