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Offering Haiku

Dec. 28 | He just ‘offered’ food to ‘all’ beings, but got mad at a rat looking for scraps.

Verse On Waters

Dec. 28 | 若见流水, 当愿众生, 得善意欲, 洗除惑垢。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第74偈) If seeing flowing waters, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain good intentional desires, [to] wash [away] confusions’ defilements.’ –...

How About Being A More Buddhist Stoic?

Dec. 28 | We must make the best of those things  that are in our power, and take the rest as nature gives it. – Epictetus (Discourses, I.I) Cicero, who was sympathetic to Stoicism, once gave the analogy of a most conscientious archer. For shooting well when...

How Do You Grasp Emptiness?

Dec. 28 | 色不异空;空不异色; 色即是空;空即是色;– 心经 (观世音菩萨) Form is not different from emptiness; emptiness is not different from form; form is the same as emptiness; emptiness is the same as form. – Heart Sutra (Guanshiyin...

How To Reply To Claims That I Am Hellbound?

Dec. 28 | Question: I am a learning and practising Buddhist. During a discussion with a family member of another faith that believes in a creator god who damns all non-believers to hell, he said I am the devil in the family bound for hell. How should I respond? Answer: You...

Prepared For The ‘Shockwave’ Of Your Life?

Dec. 28 | ‘Shockwave’ is about the expertise of a heroic bomb disposal officer… and his tragic limitations. Even the most cool-headed and skilled ones who were able to save many in the nick of time will eventually run out of time in this life...

Truth Haiku

Dec. 21 | The truth matters forever as it does not expire, while delusions do.

Verse On Bridges

Dec. 21 | 若见桥道, 当愿众生, 广度一切, 犹如桥梁。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第73偈) If seeing bridge crossings, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, widely deliver all [sentient beings], just as bridges [do].’* –...

Was That Truly A Buddhist Teaching?

Dec. 21 | In the unessential they imagine the essential; in the essential they see the unessential –  they who entertain [such] wrong thoughts never realise the essence [of the Dharma]. – Sakyamuni Buddha  (Dhammapada, Verse 11) When there is a supposedly...

Four Kinds Of ‘Spiritual Teachers’ (Gurus) To Avoid

Dec. 21 | Seek good enough teachers who lead to the perfect teacher of Amituofo, in the perfect school of his Pure Land, to be a perfect student of his, to be a perfect teacher like him too. – Stonepeace | Books According to Jigme Lingpa, there are four...

How Does Buddhism Differ From Taoism?

Dec. 21 | Question: How is Buddhism different from Taoism? Answer: The differences are many. From the Buddhist perspective, let us see some in terms of refuge in the Triple Gem (of Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha). [1] Buddhas: Taoism’s supreme ones gone to...

How ‘Demolition’ Led To Reconstruction

Dec. 21 | A man whose wife died in a car crash is seemingly numb at first. He even tries to cry but found it hard. As it turned out, he was too unmindfully spaced out in the final days of their relationship. So much so, that he was uncertain of what he lost,...

Project Connection: Principles Of Classic & Modern Pure Land Testimonials (1st Run)

Dec. 18 | Click Here To Register Participants’ Feedback: ‘The turnout [for lesson one] was awesome. It simply shows that teacher’s classes are worth attending. Solid two hours of true Dharma learning.’ Amituofo, Sally ‘Hi 老师,...

Contentment Haiku

Dec. 13 | Enough is enough, while too much is too much.

Verse On Springs

Dec. 13 | 若见涌泉, 当愿众生, 方便增长, 善根无尽。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第72偈) If seeing bubbling springs, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ expedient [skilful] means grow, [with] good roots* without exhaustion.’ –...
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