Sept. 6 (Lunar July 22) commemorates the birthday of Venerable Master Hsing Yun, Founding Master of Fo Guang Shan. Quite coincidentally, on the day before Sept. 5, I received a job offer. That night, I went to Hsi Lai Temple to participate in the evening prayers and also attended the morning prayers on Sept. 6. With heartfelt sincerity, I said to Venerable Master Hsing Yun, “Thank you for your motto that allowed me to smoothly pass through.”
This motto is: Be Your Own Lucky Charm!
I first heard this line in 2021. At that time, I was nervously preparing for a job interview, seeking blessings from volunteer coordinator Venerable Miao Huang. For me, the job interview felt like a challenge, but it was not a fun game, especially since it sometimes required passing through two rounds of interviews, each with 4 to 5 panelists who took turns interrogating me for 45 minutes. Although their questions did not reduce me to tears, I was drenched in sweat. Because English is not my native language, when I have to use it, I regret not studying more. Overall, it felt like a near-death experience.
At that moment, Venerable Miao Huang said, “I hope everything will go smoothly. But my dear, in all things, simply do your best! Be your own wise mentor, be your own lucky charm!”
Be your own lucky charm? How can one do that? I was curious and sought the source. Venerable Master Hsing Yun explained how to “Be Your Own Lucky Charm” on the program “A Human World Replete with the Buddha Dharma” (with Chinese and English subtitles). He encouraged listeners to cultivate diligence, responsibility, and courtesy, which would undoubtedly make them welcomed and appreciated by others. He also emphasized the importance of being a lucky charm to others. Venerable Master’s words were like a refreshing breeze, and these words, writings, and images represented his Dharma body and relics, nurturing, accompanying, and guiding every sentient being.
In reality, this line means to seek within rather than seeking from others and give your best in all things. Venerable Master Hsing Yun condensed them into the profound and thought-provoking line: “Be Your Own Lucky Charm.” I felt as if I had received an enlightening revelation.
From then on, “Be Your Own Lucky Charm” became my motto in life. This year, I once again successfully passed the interview and immediately shared the good news with Venerable Miao Huang. She said, “The Buddha has always been blessing you!” And I replied, “Yes, and I will faithfully follow the guidance from Venerable Master Hsing Yun and yourself. I’ll be my own lucky charm and give my best!”
星雲大師的一筆字書法—做己貴人。（來源：星雲大師全集）Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s one-stroke calligraphy of “Be Your Own Lucky Charm” (Source: Complete Works of Venerable Master Hsing Yun)
星雲大師講解如何做己貴人。（來源：佛光山人間衛視）Venerable Master Hsing Yun explains the meaning of “Be Your Own Lucky Charm” (Source: FGSBLTV)