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Full Emptiness

May. 3 | Where there is form, already there is emptiness. Where there is emptiness, already there is form. - Buddhist Saying Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form. - Heart Sutra

Sumeru Vs Seed

Apr. 20 | 宁可执有 如须弥山, 不可落空 如芥子许。 Rather be attached to form [great] like Mount Sumeru, [and] not fall to emptiness [little] like a mustard seed.* - Buddhist Saying *As forsaking forms renders one unable to realise perfect...

The Four Reliances (四依四不依)

Apr. 14 | 依法不依人。 Rely on the Dharma; [and] not rely on the person[ality of the teacher]. 依义不依语。 Rely on the meaning; [and] not rely on the words. 依了义不依不了义。 Rely on the ultimate meaning; [and] not rely on the provisional...

Foremost Path To Buddhahood

Apr. 8 | 都摄六根, 净念相继, 得三摩地, 斯为第一。 To gather in the six [sense] roots, with pure [Buddha] mindfulness in continuous succession, to attain samādhi, this is the foremost method [to Buddhahood]. - 楞严经大势至菩萨念佛圆通章 ...

How To See Buddha

Apr. 8 | 若众生心, 忆佛念佛, 现前当来, 必定见佛。 If sentient beings’ minds recollect the Buddha [Amitābha], and are mindful of the Buddha, now or in the future, they will definitely see the Buddha. - 楞严经大势至菩萨念佛圆通章 ...

Who Buddhas Are Mindful Of

Apr. 8 | 十方如来, 怜念众生, 如母忆子。 若子逃逝, 虽忆何为? The ten directions’ [Buddhas] Tathāgatas are sympathetically mindful of sentient beings, like a mother recollecting her child. [But] if the child runs away, although...

Calm & Clear Equanimity

Mar. 23 | We suffer from attachment when we deludedly overly idealise. We suffer from aversion when we deludedly overly demonise. We liberate with equanimity when we clearly see all as they are. – Stonepeace | Books

Anew

Mar. 17 | The new year should not [just] be about getting new things. It should be about getting a new [and better] state of mind [for spiritual development]. - Geshe Yonten (paraphrased)

Pure Precepts

Mar. 5 | 若持净戒顺正教, 诸佛贤圣所赞叹, 戒是无上菩提本, 应当具足持净戒。 - 华严经 If upholding the pure precepts [of morality] to comply with the true teachings, [which] all Buddhas and virtuous sages praise, [as] precepts...

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...