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Control Haiku

Jun. 20 | Control your mind or be controlled by its defilements. Share This:

Verse On Livelihood

Jun. 20 | 见正命人, 当愿众生, 得清净命, 不矫威仪。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第97偈) Seeing those with right livelihoods,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain pure livelihoods, [and] not pretend to be awe-inspiring.’** –...

How To Sleep Well Like The Buddha

Jun. 20 | To always rest well, always live well when awake, without greed, hatred and delusion. – Shilashanti According to the Hatthaka Sutta, the Buddha was staying in a forest near Alavi, on a spread of leaves. Hatthaka, while walking around for exercise,...

Five Good Qualities Of Suffering

Jun. 20 | Furthermore, the good qualities of suffering are that you Dispel arrogance with disenchantment, Develop compassion for the beings of cyclic existence, Carefully avoid sin [or misgivings], and delight in virtue. – Shantideva Bodhisattva (Engaging In...

Are Kids Growing Up Faster These Days?

Jun. 20 | Question: It seems that kids these days ‘mature’ earlier. Is this due to human lifespan being on the general decline, according to the Buddhist teachings, in this Dharma-Ending Age? Is it such that  ‘learning’ is naturally sped...

Haikus On Movies, Documentary & Drama Series

Jun. 20 | Movie Haikus Watch a movie, have an adventure, into the unknown. Learn to empathise, watch your hopes, face your fears. Fictitious yet ‘real’, thought experiment with sight and sound. Serious yet not, live alternative lives of the protagonists. Series...

Repentance Haiku

Jun. 6 | If the truly wrong, do not truly repent, they are truly wrong indeed. Share This:

Verse On Orthodoxy

Jun. 6 | 见论议人, 当愿众生, 于诸异论, 悉能摧伏。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第96偈) Seeing those in debates,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, of all heterodox teachings,** all be able to destroy and subdue them.’*** –...

Is Life Just A Lamp To Be Snuffed Out?

Jun. 6 | Just look at how the circuit of the universe returns upon itself. You will see that nothing in this cosmos is extinguished, but everything falls and rises and turns. – Seneca (Epistle 36.7-12) As written in Seneca’s Epistle 54, ‘Before...

We Should Repay The Kindness Of All Mother Sentient Beings

Jun. 6 | They are kinsmen stranded in Samsara’s ocean Who seem to have fallen into the abyss; When due to birth, death and rebirth You don’t recognise them and reject them, Freeing only yourself: there is no greater shame. – Chandragomin (Letter...

The Unalienation Of ‘The Alienist’

Jun. 6 | As the title card of ‘The Alienist’ informs, ‘In the 19th century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures. Experts who studied them were therefore known as alienists.’ Yes,...

Can Lay Buddhists Teach Buddhism?

Jun. 6 | Question: Should only monastics teach the Dharma? Answer: From the book ‘The Buddha and His Disciples’ by Venerable S. Dhammika is a section that can answer this question – ‘It is often mistakenly thought that it is the job of...
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