2. Don’t hope for a life free from hardships. Such a life would only increase your pride and contempt for others. Do accept the worries and difficulties that come your way.
3. Don’t expect that your practice will be free of difficulties. Without difficulties, you could never patience and persistence. Do obtain liberation in the midst of obstacles.
4. Don’t expect that you can practice hard and not experience temptations. A lack of temptations will only soften your resolve. Do see “demons” (Mara) as friends who have come to help you along the Way.
5. Don’t hope for easy success. Easy accomplishments weaken determination. Do persist, persevere when life is challenging.
6. Don’t make friends to benefit yourself. Pursuing your own benefit damages trust. Do maintain long-term friendship through integrity.
7. Don’t hope that others will agree with you or follow your leadership. This desire only increases your arrogance. Do remember that those who disagree with you are the ones who help build your character.
8. Don’t expect to be rewarded for your kindness. This leads to scheming and improper intentions. Do t hrow out the expectation of rewards like you’d throw out an old shoe.
9. Don’t profit over and above what your work is worth. Do be rich in honesty.
10. Don’t seek to have unfairness and mistreatment removed and resolved quickly. Do consider mistreatment the materials for making progress in your spiritual practice.
(From: The King of Treasures Samadhi)