Shobogenzo Zuimonki

Book 3


Dogen also said,

An ancient has said that if you are not an equal of the person, do not speak of his conduct. This means that if you have not learned and understood another’s virtues, when you see the person’s faults you should not criticize him. You should think that he is a good person though his action is bad; good people also do bad things. Accept only his virtues, not his faults. The saying that a wise man looks at another’s virtues and not his faults means the same thing.