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Late Haiku?

Oct. 17 | Never just take; give more meaningfully, and never hate; love all meaningfully… before it is too late.

Verses On Water

Oct. 17 | 洗浴身体,当愿众生, 身心无垢,内外光洁。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第126偈) Washing and bathing the body, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ bodies and minds be without defilements,* [with] inside and outside...

Which Is More ‘Allowable’ For Consuming?

Oct. 17 | 第三食肉[轻]戒:若佛子,故食肉,一切肉不得食。夫食肉者,断大慈悲佛性种子,一切众生见而舍去。是故一切菩萨,不得食一切众生肉。食肉得无量罪。若故食者,犯轻垢罪。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (梵网经菩萨戒本) [The]...

Just Work Harder

Oct. 17 | Should you desire the great tranquility, prepare to sweat white beads. – Zen Master Hakuin There are no shortcuts or ways to bypass the Apprenticeship Phase. It is the nature of the human brain to require such lengthy exposure to a field, which allows...

Does Blood Donation Break Any Precept?

Oct. 17 | Question: Does blood donation break any Buddhist precept? Answer: Voluntary donation of blood does not break any precept at all. In fact, it upholds the spirit of the First Precept, as not only is there no killing, there is its opposite – the...

Lost & Found In ‘The Sea Of Trees’

Oct. 17 | ‘The Sea Of Trees’ is an alternative name of Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’. Believed by many to be very easy to get lost in, it is reminiscent of this Sahā World as a bitter ‘sea of suffering’, that is easy to drown...

Learning Haiku

Oct. 11 | Even more stupid than mere stupidity is refusal to learn.

Verse On Chanting

Oct. 11 | 讽诵经时, 当愿众生, 顺佛所说, 总持不忘。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第129偈) When chanting sūtras, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, accord with [the] Buddha[‘s teachings] as said, totally retaining*...

Who Are Your Karmic Creditors?

Oct. 11 | Create not karmic creditors by harming any. Be not karmic creditors by harming any. – Nowanden Who are karmic creditors (冤亲债主)? They are those whom we owe karmic debts to, who we have harmed, from whom our negative karma is expressed by bearing...

How To Guard Your Six Senses?

Oct. 11 | To experience things as they are, as clearly as you can, do so with as little attachment, aversion and delusion as you can. – Shilashanti And how does a noble disciple guard the sense doors? When a noble disciple sees a sight with the eyes, they don’t...

Can Chanting Where The Deceased Are Not At Benefit Them?

Oct. 11 | Question: Is it alright to practise chanting at other temples or Buddhist centres, where ancestral tablets of deceased loved ones are not placed, while still benefiting them? Answer: Yes, as dependent on the factors that follow… Unless there...

How To Vanquish ‘The Darkness’?

Oct. 11 | ‘The Darkness’ is based on a ‘myth’ that Anasazi Indians bound demons to rocks hidden in underground caves. If removed, they will take the shape of a crow, snake, coyote, wolf and buffalo, before tricking and dragging children...

Refuge Haiku

Oct. 4 | Take refuge in the Buddhas and eventually also become one of the Buddhas. Take refuge in the Dharma and eventually also become one with the Dharma. Take refuge in the Sangha and eventually also become part of the Sangha.

Verse On Wisdom

Oct. 4 | 若入水时, 当愿众生, 入一切智, 知三世等。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第125偈) If entering water, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, enter the [ocean of] all[-knowing] wisdom,* to know [everything in the] three...
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