The 20 Difficulties

TWENTY DIFFICULTIES to overcome in this world:

1. It is HARD for a poor man to be generous.

2. It is HARD for a proud man to lead the way of Enlightenment.

3. It is HARD to seek Enlightenment at the cost of self-sacrifice.

4. It is HARD to be born while Buddha is in the world.

5. It is HARD to hear the teaching of Buddha.

6. It is HARD to keep the mind pure against the instincts of the body.

7. It is HARD not to desire things that are beautiful and attractive.

8. It is HARD for a strong man not to use his strength to satisfy his desires.

9. It is HARD not to get angry when one is insulted.

10. It is HARD to remain innocent when tempted by sudden circumstances.

11. It is HARD to apply oneself to study widely and thoroughly.

12. It is HARD not to despise a beginner.

13. It is HARD to keep oneself humble.

14. It is HARD to find good friends.

15. It is HARD to endure the discipline that leads to Enlightenment.

16. It is HARD not to be disturbed by external conditions and circumstances.

17. It is HARD to teach others by knowing their abilities.

18. It is HARD to maintain a peaceful mind.

19. It is HARD not to argue about right or wrong.

20. It is HARD to find and learn a good method.

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