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Verse On Entertainment

Feb. 10 | 伎乐聚会, 当愿众生, 以法自娱, 了伎非实。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第5偈) With music [and dance] at gatherings, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, with [the] Dharma personally enjoy,* realising [that...

Verse For Peaceful Tranquility

Feb. 3 |   若得五欲, 当愿众生, 拔除欲箭, 究竟安隐。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第4偈) If attaining the five desires,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings eradicate desires’ arrow, [and attain] unsurpassable...

Verse For Equanimous Care

Jan. 26 | 妻子集会, 当愿众生, 怨亲平等, 永离贪著。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第3偈) [When] wife and children gather, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ enemies [and] relatives equally, forever renounce...

Verse For Full Filiality

Jan. 18 | 孝事父母, 当原众生, 善事于佛, 护养一切。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第2偈) [With] filiality serving [one’s] father [and] mother, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [with goodness skilfully] attend...

Family Verse For Laypeople

Jan. 11 | 菩萨在家, 当愿众生, 知家性空, 免其逼迫。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第1偈) Bodhisattvas at home [who are laypeople], [should reflect that] ‘May sentient beings know their families’ [and homes’]...

Contemplation Verse When Standing

Jan. 4 | 下足住时, 当愿众生, 心得解脱, 安住不动。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第34偈) When lowering [your] foot [to] stand, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ minds attain liberation [from suffering], [to]...

Precious Precepts

Dec. 16 | 应护佛戒, 如念一子, 如事父母, 不可毁破。 – 梵网经(释迦牟尼佛) [One] should protect [the] Buddha’s precepts, like mindfulness [of] an [only] child, like caring [for one’s] father and mother, [they] should...

What Is Good & Evil?

Nov. 30 | 佛言: 众生以十事为善,亦以十事为恶。 何等为十? 身三、口四、意三。 身三者,杀盗淫。 口四者,两舌、恶口、妄言、绮语。 意三者,嫉恚痴。 如是十事,不顺圣道,名十恶行。 是恶若止,名十善行耳。 –...

Constructive Compassion

Nov. 24 | Instead of criticising [destructively], find out how to help [constructively]. – Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Inexhaustible Precepts

Nov. 5 | 心无尽故, 戒亦无尽。 – 菩萨璎珞经 [As the] mind [of aspiration to not harm any and to help all is] inexhaustible thus, [the Bodhisattva] precepts [to avoid all evil and do all good are] also inexhaustible. – Bodhisattva Garland Sūtra

Repentance As Cure

Oct. 20 | 佛言: 人有众过,而不自悔、 顿息其心,罪来赴身; 如水归海,渐成深广。 若人有过,自解知非、 改恶行善,罪自消灭; 如病得汗,渐有痊损耳。 – 四十二章经: 第五章 (释迦牟尼佛) The...

Boundless Blessings Of Joyful Helping

Oct. 15 | 佛言:「睹人施道,助之欢喜,得福甚大。」 沙门问曰:「此福尽乎?」 佛言:「譬如一炬之火,数千百人各以炬来分取,熟食除冥,此炬如故,福亦如之。」 – 四十二章经:第十章 (释迦牟尼佛) The...

We Need More Practice

Oct. 1 | 博闻爱道, 道必难会; 守志奉道, 其道甚大。 – 四十二章经:第九章 (释迦牟尼佛) With extensive learning attached to the path, the path is surely difficult to realise. Guarding intention to give reverently to the path, this...

Life Of Practice

Sep. 23 | Let the length of your practice equal the length of your life. – Shabkar

Constant Pure Land Practice

Sep. 1 | 虽知诸佛国, 及与众生空, 而常修净土, 教化诸群众。 – 维摩经(维摩诘) Although knowing that all Buddha lands and their sentient beings are emptiness.* yet constantly cultivate the Pure Land [practice], for teaching and...