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Refuge Haiku

Apr. 25 | Even if everything is renounced, never forsake the Dharma. Share This:

Verse On Gratitude

Apr. 25 | 见报恩人,当愿众生, 于佛菩萨,能知恩德。 见背恩人,当愿众生, 于有恶人,不加其报。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第88-89偈) Seeing persons repaying kindness, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, of...

The Sūtras With Ultimate Compassion And Wisdom

Apr. 25 | 愿我命终时, 除灭诸障碍, 面见阿弥陀, 往生安乐国。 – 文殊师利菩萨 《文殊师利发愿经》 May I [Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva], when life is ending, eradicate all obstacles, to personally see Amitā[bha Buddha come to...

Never Retaliate The Harmful With Anger

Apr. 25 | Do not be angry when others do harm, but realise that it is [the effect of] previous karma. Without causing any more suffering, eliminate your own faults. – Precious Garland Of Advice To A King (Verse 271) Arya Nagarjuna When other harm you, your...

FAQs On The Pure Land Passport

Apr. 25 | Question: Why is it called so? Answer: As stated in the book’s first section at purelanders.com/passport, ‘As a skilful means to spur interest, this handy book is titled “The Pure Land Passport” – not because it is really required...

What Is Love Under ‘A Full Bright Moon’?

Apr. 25 | Great Master Hongyi’s (弘一大师) ex-wife was reluctant to let go of him, and was puzzled by the nature of love. She thus asked him – ‘Please tell me, what is love?’ (请告诉我,什么叫爱?) If she really loved him, how could she let...

Blame Haiku

Apr. 19 | The Buddha too got wrongly blamed, what more us? Related Article: Fable Of The Father, Son & Donkey Share This:

Verses On Looks

Apr. 19 | 见端正人,当愿众生, 于佛菩萨,常生净信。 见丑陋人,当愿众生, 于不善事,不生乐著。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第86-87偈) Seeing proper-looking persons, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, in...

Are You Ready To Face ‘Yourself’?

Apr. 19 | Why should you give up on yourself if you can always change yourself? [to be continued…] – Stonepeace | Books Do you wish to meet your doppelgänger (i.e. look-alike or double)? Well, be careful what you wish for… as these eight possibilities,...

Always Be Truthful & Disciplined

Apr. 19 | For your own sake always speak the truth even if it leads to your death or the loss of your sovereignty. Never speak in any other fashion. Devote yourself always to the discipline of acting in accord with your statements. Glorious one, by that you will...

How Does Buddhism Explain Natural Disasters?

Apr. 19 | Question: Why are some places affected by natural disasters, including some religious places? Answer: Of course, there are scientific reasons to explain them, based on natural processes. However, there are also human-made causes, making natural disasters...

Existential Chats In ‘Café Society’

Apr. 19 | In ‘Café Society’ is discussion of some interesting existential issues. Bobby exclaims, ‘[W]hen the end’s near, you need something… I have to know that all this just doesn’t end… I need to believe that...

Learning Haiku

Apr. 13 | It is never too early or too late to learn the Dharma. Share This:

Verses On Sickness

Apr. 13 | 见无病人,当愿众生, 入真实慧,永无病恼。 见疾病人,当愿众生, 知身空寂,离乖诤法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第84-85偈) Seeing persons without sickness, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, enter...

Craving To Have King Midas’ Golden Touch?

Apr. 13 | All that glisters is not gold— Often have you heard that told. Many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold. Gilded tombs do worms enfold. – The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare) In the Greek myth of King Midas’ golden touch,...
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