WISDOM from a Buddhist Monk

Remember always 
that you are just a visitor here, 
a traveler passing through. 
Your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.

None can live without toil 
and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed. 
But if you toil without rest, fatigue and wearness will overtake you, 
and you will denied the joy that comes from labour’s end.

Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice. 
If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say, 
and you should know that there are few so wise 
that they cannot learn from others.

Be near when help is needed, 
but far when praise and thanks are being offered.
Take small account of might, wealth and fame, 
for they soon pass and are forgotten. 
Instead, nurture love within you 
and strive to be a friend to all. 
Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.

Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, 
set time aside, to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are….
Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.
Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. 
Carry this lamp always and in good time 
the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light.

Shravasti Dhammika  

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to WISDOM from a Buddhist Monk

  1. Claire T. Lampert says:

    You just have shared some of the best shareables(sic)…can’t decide if I want to drop that “e”. Loved reading this.

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