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Appreciation Haiku

Dec. 26 | When you can appreciate everything you can learn something from anything, even the so-called ‘bad’ things.

See All Kindly

Dec. 26 | 大慈视一切, 怨亲等无异。 一切有识类, 咸皆知此事。 – 大智度论 (龙树菩萨) [With] great loving-kindness see all [beings], [with] enemies [and] close ones equally without difference. [Of] all kinds [of beings] with...

[4] How To See The Suffering And Insufferable

Dec. 26 | Whenever I see beings who are wicked in nature, and overwhelmed by violent negative actions and suffering, I shall hold such rare ones dear, as if I had found a precious treasure. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought...

How The Buddha Turned Arrows Into Flowers

Dec. 26 | Cultivation is more transformation of the unskilful than its eradication. – Shilashanti In the hours preceding his final enlightenment, when he is doing battle with his ego, the Buddha’s tormentors shoot volleys of arrows at him. Some people interpret...

Does The Donor Or Deceased Gain Merits From Post-Death Donations?

Dec. 26 | Question: Who benefits from the merit-making when a donation is made to the temple which accommodates the deceased’s niche – the donor or the deceased? Answer: If the donor has no intention to benefit anyone else, all the merits go to the donor. If...

‘The Kominsky Method’ Of Being Here

Dec. 26 | ‘The Kominsky Method’ is a bittersweet drama series on the challenges of two old friends growing older together, as they look out for each other while musing on life. Sandy Kominsky is an acting coach, who just lost a dear friend to sickness....

Diligence Haiku

Dec. 19 | All the time in the world due to (endless) rebirth(s)? Ever less time in this life due to (impending) death! How many more times do you wish to assume you have enough time? May all be diligent to learn and practise the Dharma… in time.

三宝偈 Verse On Triple Gem

Dec. 19 | 依止佛陀, 依止正法, 依止圣僧, 乃真皈依。 Reliance upon the Buddhas, reliance upon their true Dharma, and reliance upon the Arya Sangha* [who teach it], is thus true refuge [in the Triple Gem]. *Noble (Holy) Sangha: The fourfold...

[3] How To Avert Harming Of All

Dec. 19 | Vigilant, the moment a delusion appears in my mind, endangering myself and others, I shall confront and avert it without delay. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’ (Part 3 of 8): 第三颂:疾断烦恼 一举一动观自心, 正当烦恼初萌生, 危害自与他人时, 愿疾呵斥令消除。 –...

Just Your Thinking So Does Not Make It So

Dec. 19 | Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all. – Buddhist Saying   While Right Speech conventionally means abstaining from lying, gossip, vain talk, and...

Is It Bad Karma To Report Inconsiderate Parking?

Dec. 19 | Question: When I see inconsiderate drivers parking at lots reserved for the handicapped, I consider reporting their cars. If they get fined, will I have negative karma? Answer: If you will create negative karma for doing so, all parking attendants will...

All Lies Of The ‘Allied’?

Dec. 19 | How can a spy truly love a spy? To make it more confounding, how can a very ‘good’ spy love another very ‘good’ spy? After all, a very good spy is also a very good actor. Such acting goes beyond a mere stage. Overflowing before...

Speaking Haiku

Dec. 12 | I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid. – Cato

Hell, Heaven, Liberation

Dec. 12 | Those who have ignorance will engage in bad karma and go to hell. Those who have ignorance will create good karma and go to heaven. Those who are wise will go beyond karma, and attain liberation.* – Chandrakirti * By progressing towards purity, swiftest...

[2] How To See Ourselves When Relating To Others

Dec. 12 | When in the company of others, I shall always consider myself the lowest of all, and from the depths of my heart hold others dear and supreme. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’ (Part 2...
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