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Project Patience: How To ‘Fight’ The Fire Of Anger (4th Run)

Mar. 31 | As featured in the June 2018 issue of ‘For You Information’ Click HERE To Register  Praise From Previous Runs: An extremely important course to help oneself to neutralise and transform one’s anger for cultivating merits. I learnt to understand...

The 48 Great Vows Of Amituofo (7th Run): Boundless Blessings For This Life & The Next

Mar. 30 | Click HERE To Register  Some Participants’ Feedback: I am thankful for what you have done for us in the class. Your immerse knowledge, wisdom and the way you explain makes it so interesting, informative and beneficial for each and every one....

Complex Haiku

Mar. 28 | Nothing is more complex than simplification.

Be Not An Animal

Mar. 28 | 畜牲本是人来做, 人畜轮回古到今。 若不披毛并戴角, 劝君休使畜性心。 – 普庵禅师 Animals [including livestock] originally were humans, [who have] become [them, as] humans and animals [are] reborn [as one another from]...

10 Reflections On Repentance

Mar. 28 | 我昔所造诸恶业, 皆由无始贪嗔痴, 从身语意之所生, 一切我今皆忏悔。 – 普贤菩萨 (华严经普贤行愿品) Of all my past created evil karma, all by beginningless greed, anger and delusion, from my body, speech...

[10] How To Cultivate To Reach Pure Land?

Mar. 28 | 净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014...

What To Chant Before Buddha & Bodhisattva Images?

Mar. 28 | Question: What should I chant if I wish to pay respects before images of different Buddhas (e.g. Medicine Buddha) and Bodhisattvas (e.g. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva)? I only know how to chant ‘Amituofo’ (Amitabha Buddha; 阿弥陀佛).  Answer: If...

It’s A Very Very ‘Mad World’

Mar. 28 | ‘Mad World’ (一念无明) accurately depicts of how the mentally ill, who deserve more empathy by society get more demonisation instead. Much more dangerous than the extremely rare ‘raving lunatics’, are the masses’...

Foolish Haiku

Mar. 19 | The foolish imagine the certainty of the wise to be foolish.

Verses On Pleasure

Mar. 19 | 见乐著人,当愿众生, 以法自娱,欢爱不舍。 见无乐著,当愿众生, 有为事中,心无所乐。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第80-81偈) Seeing those attached to [sense] pleasures, [reflect that] ‘May sentient...

I Don’t Wanna Be A Bodhisattva Or Buddha

Mar. 19 | Confession: I do not find it necessary to walk the Bodhisattva path to help others, as there are already countless Buddhas around. It does not make a difference if there is one less. Attaining self-liberation as an Arhat is enough for me. I do not see...

[9] How Do Those Lacking Roots Reach Pure Land From Afar?

Mar. 19 | 净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014...

Did The Buddha Die Of Food-Poisoning In Old Age?

Mar. 19 | Question: How is it that the Buddha could have died at 80 years old due to eating spoiled pork? Answer: Since the Buddha already announced the date of his passing at least 3 months in advance, he did not die of ageing or sickness, as he was in total...

An Outsider’s Review Of ‘The Outsider’

Mar. 19 | ‘The Outsider’ tells a fictitious tale of how a foreigner (gaijin) joined a yakuza gang, rising in its ranks to be its most ‘honourable’ leader. Often the case, such stories depict the fierce sense of ‘honour’ among,...

Ego Haiku

Mar. 8 | Only keep dissolving; never hardening the ‘solid’ illusion of ego.
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