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Faith Haiku

Aug. 29 | Lack of faith in Dharma practice is simply due to your lack of Dharma-learning. Lack of faith in Dharma learnt is simply due to your lack of Dharma practice.

Verses On Food (1)

Aug. 29 | 若得美食,当愿众生, 满足其愿,心无羡欲。 得不美食,当愿众生, 莫不获得,诸三昧味。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第116-117偈) If attaining delicious food, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, fulfil...

Should The Old Travel Or Watch More TV?

Aug. 29 | The mindless keep missing the common essence of what seems different. – Shilashanti Should the elderly have many leisure trips? Well, this depends on what is done during the trips. If it is just much indulgence in sense pleasures, with total forgetting...

The Buddha When Just A Gardener Sage

Aug. 29 | Cherry blossoms Scatter at the peak of their beauty – It is much harder for us To fall away from our own Attachment to the world. – Rengetsu The Bodhisattva, a gardener, decides to leave home to fully practice the Way when he sees his old spade...

Should An Unethical Job Be Done For Survival?

Aug. 29 | Question: A relative recently got a job offer after months of unemployment. However, the company deals with supply of slaughtered animals. Is this alright? Answer: It is not alright, as it is not ethical. The Buddha taught to avoid livelihoods that...

The Rise & Fall Of ‘Icarus’

Aug. 29 | In his acceptance speech at the 90th Oscars ceremony for best documentary feature ‘Icarus’, the director Bryan Fogel said, ‘We dedicate this award to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, our fearless whistleblower who now lives in great danger....

Regret Haikus

Aug. 22 | Regret not unresolvable regrets – just dissolve them.    Regret not resolvable regrets – just resolve them. 

Verses On Moral Shame

Aug. 22 | 见惭耻人,当愿众生, 具惭耻行,藏护诸根。 见无惭耻,当愿众生, 舍离无惭,住大慈道。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第114-115偈) Seeing those with [moral] shame, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [be]...

Can There Be Much Yet Nothing To Buy?

Aug. 22 | Knowing exactly what one needs requires wisdom. – Shilashanti In an overheard conversation, participants in a tour group lamented to their guide that there is nothing to buy in the area. Surprised, the guide replied that the hotel they were staying...

The Three Bodies Of Buddhas

Aug. 22 | Everything the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do and not do are expressions of perfect compassion for all. – Shilashanti The Buddhas are described as having three bodies (Trikāya 三身) or aspects of existence, though they are in ultimate reality one in...

Is Sponsoring Of Buddha Images To Create Them?

Aug. 22 | Question: A Buddhist temple has fund-raising, calling for sponsorship for many small Buddha images in its Buddha hall. Is offering of these Buddha images (供佛像) by donations classified as creating of Buddha images (塑佛像)? Answer: As 塑佛像...

What Truly Is ‘The Shining’?

Aug. 22 | ‘The Shining’ (1980) is classic mystery horror, perhaps due to it being somewhat scripted to be ambiguous? A man goes to an isolated hotel to be its winter caretaker. He hears about a previous caretaker, who seemed to have had a murderous...

Gratitude Haiku

Aug. 15 | See all with gratitude, like how the Buddha gazed gratefully at the Bodhi tree.

Verses On Reverent Respect

Aug. 15 | 若得恭敬,当愿众生, 恭敬修行,一切佛法。 不得恭敬,当愿众生, 不行一切,不善之法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第112-113偈) If attaining reverent respect, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [have]...

Repair & Repurpose Before Rebuying

Aug. 15 | Learn to do more with less before wanting more and more. – Shilashanti  One of the principles of a Buddhist lifestyle is to take care of things and repair them. The unsui monks of Eihei Temple designate days that contain the numbers ‘4’...
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