Zengetsu, a Chinese zen master of the Tang dynasty, wrote the following advice for his pupils:
• Living in the world yet not forming attachments is the way of Zen.
• Censure yourself, never another. Do not discuss right and wrong.
• When witnessing the good of another encourage yourself to follow this example.
• On the errant action of another, do not to emulate it.
• Alone in a dark room, be as if you were facing a guest.
• Express your feelings no more than your true nature.
• Poverty is a treasure. Never exchange it for a life of ease.
• A person may appear a fool by guarding his wisdom carefully.
• Virtue is the fruit of self-discipline and not gifts from heaven.
• Modesty is the foundation of virtue.
Let others discover you before you make yourself known.
• A noble heart never applies force.
Its words are gems, seldom displayed and of great value.
• To a sincere student, every day is a fortunate day.
• Time passes. Neither glory nor shame can move it.
• Some things, now thought right, were thought wrong for generations.
• Righteousness may be recognized after centuries; there is no need to crave appreciation.
• Live with cause and leave effect to the law of the universe.
• Pass each day in peaceful contemplation.