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Wisdom Haikus

Jul. 26 | The dying who are also wise waste not a single moment on greed, hated and delusion. ___ The living who are also wise waste not a single moment on greed, hated and delusion. ___ We the living now are also the dying now, but are also wise now? – Shilashanti

Verses On Almsfood

Jul. 26 | 入里乞食,当愿众生, 入深法界,心无障碍。 到人门户,当愿众生, 入于一切,佛法之门。 入其家已,当愿众生, 得入佛乘,三世平等。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第105-107偈) Entering...

How Not To Despair At Many Beings To Save

Jul. 26 | As featured in October 2018 issue of For You Information (佛友资讯) 若作是言 ‘我当灭度无量众生’, 则不名菩萨。 – 金刚经 (释迦牟尼佛) If [to] make this statement, ‘I will deliver [to] Nirvāṇa immeasurable...

The Obstacle Is The Way

Jul. 26 | The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. – Marcus Aurelius (Meditations) There is an old Zen story about a king whose people had grown soft and entitled. Dissatisfied with this state of affairs, he hoped to teach...

Can Buddhists Convert To Other Religions?

Jul. 26 | Question: Can a Buddhist, having taken the Threefold Refuge in the Triple Gem formally, convert to another faith? What about one who also committed to the Five Precepts? Answer: Since there is no one forcing any Buddhist to remain a Buddhist, it is not...

Who Is The Beguiler & ‘The Beguiled’?

Jul. 26 | Five young women of various ages, with their teacher in a small girls school, encounter a wounded soldier, who had since deserted the army. Struggling slightly at first, to decide if he ought to be saved or reported, they decided to discreetly nurse...

Clarity Haiku

Jul. 18 | Be calm to be clear, or you will be fearful and more confused.

Verse On Hermitages

Jul. 18 | 见处林薮, 当愿众生, 应为天人, 之所叹仰。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第104偈) Seeing [those] residing in forest hermitages, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, be worthy of heavenly [and] human beings’ praise...

A Kid’s ‘Real’ Pain From An Imaginary Needle

Jul. 18 | Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – Buddhist Saying At the clinic, I saw how a kid was dragged by his mother into the doctor’s room. When the door closed, almost immediately from the outside, some screaming could be heard. Perhaps he...

How To Better Interest Others In The Dharma

Jul. 18 | Four Bases Of Sympathy:  [1] Generously giving gifts  [2] Speaking kind words [3] Doing kind deeds [4] Being equal in treatment Hatthaka [the lay Buddhist] was famous… for his ability to attract people to the Dharma. Once he brought five hundred...

Is It Alright To Have A Buddha Image In A Fish Tank?

Jul. 18 | Question: Is there any wrong with keeping a Buddha statue in an aquarium in my room? Answer: While a statue being in a room is alright as long as nothing disrespectful is done in there, as the aquarium is with fish waste, it is not considered respectful...

‘The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio’ In A ‘Few’ Words

Jul. 18 | ‘The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio’ tells the true story of Evelyn Ryan (1913-1998), as based on a biography of the same title by her daughter Terry Ryan, with the subtitle of ‘How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less’....

Note Haiku

Jul. 11 | Note the noteworthy. Note not the rest. Share the noteworthy.

Verses On Vices Vs Virtues

Jul. 11 | 若见城廓,当愿众生, 得坚固身,心无所屈。 若见王都,当愿众生, 功德共聚,心恒喜乐。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第102-103偈) If seeing city walls, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain firm*...

Doubt The Doubtful To Realise The Truthful

Jul. 11 | Be it with skepticism or faith in the Buddha’s teachings, the Buddha welcomes all to question them, all to question him. – Stonepeace Near the beginning of Śākyamuni Buddha’s life of extensive teaching, as recorded in the Kālāma Sutta,...
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