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 Quote: Conscience

In moral arguments,
true victory is when
you win the rediscovery
of your conscience.

In moral arguments,
true defeat is when
you defend the loss
of your conscience.

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 Feature: Transform Lazy Excuses With Diligent Motivations

Being spiritually lazy
is the easiest way
to accumulate regrets.

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In the Kusita-Arambhavatthu Sutta, the Buddha listed eight possible grounds for [a] laziness, followed by corresponding ones for the [b] arousal of energy. Although they were spoken for monastics, they equally apply to laity, who might find similar excuses to procrastinate regular spiritual practices such as learning, chanting, meditation and doing of charitable deeds. 'Work' below can refer to all kinds of minor and major tasks, such as our day jobs, errands or even housework, while 'journey' can refer to our almost daily commute to and from work. On 'food', even if not consuming alms mentioned, we might 'undereat' or overeat too. As paraphrased, here are the various grounds…

[1] One thinks [a] 'As my body will be tired after work,
why don't I lie down now?'
One thus doesn't make effort for practice.
Another thinks instead,
[b] 'As when working, it will not be easy to practise the Dharma,
why don't I make effort to practise now?'

One thus makes effort for practice.

[2] One thinks, [a] 'As I have worked, and my body is tired,
why don't I lie down now?'
One thus doesn't make effort for practice.
Another thinks instead,
[b] 'As when working, I couldn't practise the Dharma,
why don't I make effort to practise now?'

One thus makes effort for practice.

[3] One thinks, [a] 'As I have to journey, and my body will be tired later,
why don't I lie down now?'
One thus doesn't make effort for practice.
Another thinks instead,
[b] 'As I have to journey, it will not be easy to practise the Dharma,
why don't I make effort to practise now?'

One thus makes effort to do so.

... Continue here

Being spiritually diligent
is the easiest way
to vanquish regrets.


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 Excerpt: Do Pure Land Aspirants Renounce Here For There?

While the formless heavens
are truly unconducive for spiritual progress,
the refined forms of Pure Land
are truly conducive for spiritual progress.

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The Second Doubt: Doubt Renouncing Here And Seeking There

Question: All dharmas are essentially emptiness, originally of non-birth, equal and still. Now then, to renounce here and seek there, for birth in the Western Pure Land of Amitā[bha] Buddha [Amituofo], how can this not contradict reason? Moreover, a Sūtra says, ‘If seeking Pure Land, first purify that mind. [With that] mind purified thus, is the Buddha Land purified.’ How is this to be understood?

Answer: The explanation has two meanings. The first, is the general answer. The second, is the distinct answer. For the general answer, if you say, ‘Seeking birth in the Western Pure Land of Amitā[bha] Buddha [Amituofo], is thus to renounce here and seek there, which does not accord with reason’, you are attached to abiding here. Not seeking the West[ern Pure Land], is thus to renounce there, and be attached to here. This still becomes a sickness, which does not accord with reason.

Moreover, after reconsideration, to say, ‘I neither seek birth there, nor seek birth here’, is thus the view of nihilism. Thus, the Vajra Prajñā Sūtra says, ‘Subhūti, if you give rise to this thought, that “those who aspire for Anut[tarā Samyak Saṃ]bodhi, speak of all dharmas as cessation of forms”, do not give rise to this thought. Why is this so? Those who give rise to Bodhicitta, when regarding dharmas, do not speak of [them as] cessation of forms.’ ... Continue here

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