A hen at rest lays many eggs. Though our allies are angry with us, we should not desert them. A man who acts wisely increases his virtue, Which alone results in prosperity. The great have no need to be arrogant, And the arrogance of the lowly is futile. An intelligent man must give due consideration Even to small matters. See: the little plant ascending the tall tree Has climbed to the top.
That sandalwood has a fine scent, But when reduces to ashes, who will buy it? When a man gains wealth within, He shows it with pride without. A talented man and good gold, A brave soldier and a fine horse, A skillful physician and a beautiful ornament Are everywhere esteemed. Judge not before you have examined. If there is no reason, it is proper to be angry, And there is also a cure for this anger. A census was to be taken, and the lords must henceforth carry out the administration in consultation with envoys dispatched by Sakya and in accordance with Mongol law. A king is dignified when he maintains seclusion. If a virtuous man is chosen as Master, Everyone will find contentment.
Give the goods you have received To others according to their need. He produced five major works in all, the other three being The Entrance Gate for the Wise Mkhas pa rnams 'jug pa'i sgo , Clarifying the Sage's Intention Thub pa'i dgongs gsal , and the Elegant Sayings of Sakya Pandita sa skya legs bshad. See how the moon declines Afer coming too near the sun. This lineage had held the abbotship of Sakya on a hereditary basis since 1073. A fruit tree nourishes both itself and others. This left Tibetan affairs in a state of limbo for the time being. Some malicious men, though they derive no direct benefit, Like to do wrong to others.
The embellishments of a horse - Are they the master's own ornaments? Wise men overflow with elegant sayings. When the troops are advancing, he is in the rear, When they retire, he goes to the front, When there is food he endeavours by all means to partake - Thus are the actions of a fool. A virtuous man, though he resides in a town, is serene. Preserve your noble descent by your conduct - When your practice is bad, your birth is of no value. A straw floats on the surface of water, But a precious gem place upon it sinks to the depths. If the proper means are known. One may boast of his wisdom among the fools, But before the wise he is silent.
What person is there who is always happy? This is a secular work, the only one by Sakya Pandita, so 8 out of 9 chapters deal with worldly matters, but addressing them with the wise teachings of Buddhism. I very much recommend this book to anyone in need of advice about how to lead a virtuous, fulfilling and meaningful life. Though hills and rivers, elephants and horses, sunshine and storms, and men and women Are the same according to their classes, They can be distinguished By being great or lowly. Though we believe our lust to cause happiness, It is actually the root of sorrow. An Examination of Unseemly Ways 8. A hat is not worn on the feet, And shoes do not make good hats. With gifts, you may gather your enemies about you.
If a man is by nature wicked, Avoid him even though he is learned. Seldom a man has both wealth and children. Like the bee's honey, All hoarded treasures are eventually enjoyed by others. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. Davenport opens timeless Tibetan wisdom to Western readers. The blossoms of the nutmeg tree, though dried, Diffuse their sweet scent in all directions.
Thus, you shall be perfectly free from harm; For it is on account of your passions that From the beginning you have been wandering in the world. Though a venomous serpent feeds on the air, When he sees other, he kills them. An Examination of the Foolish 4. A brilliant master, he manifests profound wisdom and compassion, and his command of English renders his teachings particularly beneficial to students in the West. It is always by excellent men That good qualities are praised most. If one entrusts his business to a fool, Both the fool and the business will collapse.
When the sun lights the sky in the daytime, There is no way to see the stars. If you utter elegant sayings too often, Even they lose their value. Thus, here is advice for anyone willing to heed it: what to do with foes, in business, friendship, lo Sakya Pandita's Treasury of Good Advice is but what the title states: a collection of precious jewels of advice in the form of 457 4-line verses aimed at explaining what to do and what not to do in all situations, for all walks of life. The action of a man who cares nothing For the welfare of others is like that of a beast - Though he may attend the dinner party, He makes no effort to prepare the food. Though there are many kings, There are few who govern with righteousness.