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Refuge Haiku

May. 15 | Find your refuge. Take your refuge. Be your refuge. Share This:

Verses On Asceticism & Morality

May. 15 | 见苦行人,当愿众生, 依于苦行,至究竟处。 见操行人,当愿众生, 坚持志行,不舍佛道。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第92-93偈) Seeing ascetics, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, rely on ascetic...

‘The Week Of’ Expectation Vs Encouragement?

May. 15 | When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search For Meaning) In the movie ‘The Week Of’, Isaac the boy had to sit on a bench when his baseball coach ushered the...

A Monk To A King On Listening To Good Advice

May. 15 | As skilful means, say the true, beneficial, and even possibly displeasing  only at appropriate times.  If a king acts in a way that contradicts the Dharma or does something that does not make sense, most of his subjects still praise him. Hence, it is...

Does Staff Retrenchment Create Bad Karma?

May. 15 | Question: If higher management requires reorganisation by retrenchment of workers, will I create negative karma by being part of the decision-making? Answer: Realistically, the company does not owe the staff a living. So, as the bosses decide, if some...

‘Meet Joe Black’, Life & Death

May. 15 | Bill chats with Joe as they watch ephemeral fireworks burst into the night sky at a great party: Bill: It’s hard to let go, isn’t it? Joe: Yes, it is, Bill. Bill: Well, that’s life. Death personified had taken on Joe’s human form...

Highlight: Was That Truly A Buddhist Teaching?

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Dharma Haiku

May. 4 | The true Dharma will never ever let you down. Share This:

Verses On Sramanas & Brahmins

May. 4 | 若见沙门, 当愿众生, 调柔寂静,毕竟第一。 见婆罗门,当愿众生, 永持梵行,离一切恶。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第90-91偈) If seeing Sramanas, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, be harmoniously...

The Girl Who Ate Too Many Lollipops

May. 4 | The law of karma affects all, positively and negatively, according to that done, especially negatively for those who think it does not affect them. – Stonepeace | Books The girl had a short-sighted view of cause and effect. Lollipops eaten now were...

The Buddha’s Lay Disciple Foremost In Teaching The Dharma

May. 4 | (Importance Of Seeking Forgiveness From The Wronged) Should one person ignorantly do wrong And another ignorantly become angry (with him), Who would be at fault? And who would be without fault? – Shantideva (Guide To Bodhisattva’s Way Of Life) Citta...

Will I Create Negative Karma By Not Being A Guarantor To Help?

May. 4 | Question: Will I create negative karma by not being a relative’s guarantor for buying a house? As he has a high rolling credit card debt, I am worried that the loan might not be serviceable. Answer: You will need to consider carefully if being...

The ‘Black Mirror’ That Reflects Darkness

May. 4 | One of, if not the most thought-provoking Netflix series is Black Mirror. What does the title refer to? It is what you are looking at now – the screen of your phone, computer or TV, that is black by default. The series explores how current and future...
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