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Wellness Haiku

Nov. 27 | Prepare well. Do well. Reflect well.

Test Well For Gold

Nov. 27 | 比丘与智者, 当善观我语, 如炼截磨金, 信受非唯敬。 – 釋迦牟尼佛 Monastics and wise ones, should well contemplate my words, like burning, cutting and rubbing [to test for] gold, with faithful acceptance not only out of...

How To Not Be Reborn As Animals

Nov. 27 | The very shortsighted must learn to see much further. – Shilashanti The Kukkuravatika Sutta records how Puṇṇa (of the Koliyans), an ox-duty ascetic, and Seniya the naked dog-duty ascetic learnt the error of their ways through the Buddha. Prior...

How We Should Train Ourselves

Nov. 27 | Of a worthy goal reachable, have Faith to reach it, have Aspiration to reach it, have Practice to reach it. – Shilashanti … there is the case where a certain monk follows right after the community of monks… He doesn’t have the other...

Should We Offer Food Even Long After Departure?

Nov. 27 | Question: When offering food during Qingming season and such, many will say aloud – ‘May so-and-so to come and eat.’ Is this right?  Answer: There is no need to call anyone by name. Simply offering the food with the clear intention along...

Thoughts On ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’

Nov. 27 | People are first haunted by their inner demons, before they become ghosts haunting haunted places, who might in turn become others’ outer demons. Haunted by unresolved and deluded attachment and aversion, both in this life and from life to...

Focus Haiku

Nov. 19 | With life able to end any day, you are always already too old to waste your time on nonsense.

Contentment For Peace & Bliss

Nov. 19 | 知足之人,虽卧地上,犹为安乐; 不知足者,虽处天堂,亦不称意。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《佛遗教经》 Those who know contentment, although lying on the ground, nevertheless have peace and bliss. Those who not know contentment, although...

One Way To Understand ‘Two’ Kinds Of Impermanence

Nov. 19 | We as mind and matter, arose and ceased in our past lives, from life to life. – Nowanden There might seem to be ‘two’ kinds of impermanence? The first kind is the arising and ceasing of all phenomena of mind and matter, which arise due...

Food Of The Monks, Devotional Cuisine

Nov. 19 | Eat and drink well, for the long-term well-being of yourself and others, including those you might eat and drink from. – Moustachoman Shojin Ryori (精进料理) is the devotional cuisine of monks in Japan. The purpose of shojin ryori is to celebrate...

How To Handle Workplace Non-Listeners

Nov. 19 | Question: How do I handle a slightly senior co-worker, who is not exactly my superior, but tells other colleagues that I will do this and that. When I do not handle the ‘promised’, she tells them that I am calculative. Yet, if I do, it...

‘The Angel’ Of Peace?

Nov. 19 | ‘The Angel’ tells the supposedly true story, of how an alleged double-agent high in political office cried wolf, on oncoming war, to avert war itself. The stakes were not just a sheep or two, but many potential human casualties between countries....

Mindfulness Haiku

Nov. 8 | Mind your mind always, as it is there always, yet changing always.

Verses On Stupas

Nov. 8 | 见佛塔时,当愿众生, 尊重如塔,受天人供。 When seeing Buddhist stupas,¹ [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [attain] deep respect like [the] stupas [do], receiving heavenly [and] human beings’ offerings.’² 敬心观塔,当愿众生, 诸天及人,所共瞻仰。 [With]...

Which Of These Four Actions Do You Create?

Nov. 8 | There are four kinds of [karmic] actions proclaimed by me, after realising them for myself with direct knowledge. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Kukkuravatika Sutta) (As paraphrased and extended from the second half of the Kukkuravatika Sutta) [1] There are dark...
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