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Which Day Is Auspicious?

Feb. 23 | Evil done on an ‘auspicious’ day is always ill-fated. Good done on an ‘inauspicious’ day is always blessed. People create fortune and misfortune, not the calendar. - Yoshida Kenko (paraphrased)

How Best To Learn From All

Feb. 10 | 看一切众生 皆是菩萨, 唯我一人 实是凡夫。 See all sentient beings each as a Bodhisattva, [from whom I always have much to learn], and only me, a single person, as a truly ordinary being. - Great Master Yinguang 印光大师  ...

One Dharma

Feb. 4 | 是诸世尊等, 皆说一乘法, 化无量众生, 令入于佛道。 All World-Honoured Ones [Buddhas], Each speak Dharma of the One Vehicle [Ekayana], To transform immeasurable sentient beings, For enabling entry of the Buddha path [to Buddhahood]. -...

Doing As Pleased

Jan. 27 | 随缘谓应众生 之缘而施教化, 非一切皆随便。 To ‘accord with conditions’ means to comply with sentient beings’ conditions for giving transformational teachings; not to ‘do as pleased’ for everything. - Buddhist...

Dedication Of Merits

Jan. 13 | 回向偈 Verse For Dedication Of Merits 愿以此功德,   May I, with these meritorious virtues, 普及以一切。Universally dedicate them to all. 我与等众生,   May I, with other sentient beings, 皆共成佛道。All together accomplish...

From Mindfulness To Buddhahood

Jan. 5 | 常生大乘善信, 自知我是未成之佛, 诸佛是已成之佛, 发菩提心, 念念不去心。 - 释迦牟尼佛    (梵网经) Constantly giving rise to good faith in the Great Vehicle [for delivering one and all to Buddhahood], personally...

Buddha & Self

Dec. 22 | 念佛非念我, 念我非念佛. Mindfulness of Buddha is not mindfulness of self. Mindfulness of self is not mindfulness of Buddha. - Stonepeace | Get Books (To be truly mindful of Buddha, one should not be mindful of self, as when being mindful...

Right Path

Dec. 12 | 宁可千年不悟, 不可一日错路。 Rather to, in one thousand years, not awaken, never to, in one day, take the wrong path.* - Buddhist Saying * This is so as following a wrong teaching can lead one astray for a much longer time, making it...

Mind Moon

Dec. 1 | My mind’s the autumn moon, shining in the blue-green pool, reflecting glistening, clear and pure… There’s nothing to compare it to, what else can I say? - Master Hanshan

Six Precepts

Nov. 24 | There are in essence three precepts for liberation of oneself. One should restrain and rid the three poisons of attachment, aversion and delusion. There are in essence three precepts for liberation of others. One should nurture and share the three antidotes of...

Nuturing The Bodhi Seed

Nov. 21 | 欲长菩提苗, 光明照世间, 应当静观察, 诸法真实相, 不生亦不灭, 不常复不断, 不一亦不异, 不来亦不去. - 梵网经 (释迦牟尼佛) Wishing to nurture the Bodhi seedling [for Buddhahood], to have the bright light [of...

Purification Gem

Nov. 18 | 清珠投于浊水, 浊水不得不清; 佛号投于乱心, 乱心不得不佛。 When a purification gem is cast into murky water, the murky water has no way not to purify. When the Buddha’s name is cast into the confused mind, the confused...

Precious Human Rebirth

Nov. 12 | 得人身者,Those who attain the human body 如手中土,are like the earth in the hand. 失人身者,Those who lose the human body 如大地土.   are like the great Earth’s earth. 人身难得今已得, This human body is difficult to...

Cause & Effect

Nov. 2 | 因因果果, 果果因因, 因中有果, 果中有因. Of causes and effects, Of effects and causes, In causes are effects, In effects are causes. - Buddhist Saying [Just as potential of effects are in causes, new potential of causes are in effects.]

Self-Delusion

Oct. 29 | 一切邪执, 皆依我见, 若离于我, 则无邪执。 - 禅宗十二祖马鸣菩萨 (大乘起信论)  Of all evil attachments, each rely on self-view. If departing from self, thus are there no evil attachments. - 12th Patriarch Of The Chan Tradition...