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见苦行人,当愿众生,
依于苦行,至究竟处。

见操行人,当愿众生,
坚持志行,不舍佛道。

– 文殊菩萨
(华严经: 净行品: 第92-93偈)

Seeing ascetics,
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
rely on ascetic practices,*
[to] reach [the] ultimate destination.**’

Seeing those with moral conduct,
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
continue upholding [their] aspired practices,***
not renouncing [the] Buddha path.’****

– Manjusri Bodhisattva
(Avatamsaka Sutra: Chapter 11 On Pure Practices: Verse 92-93)

* of simplicity and frugality, to be free from sensual indulgence
(not to be mistaken as extreme asceticism that is self-mortification)
** of Buddhahood
*** of the Bodhisattva
**** to Buddhahood

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