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What If You Are Reborn Here Again?

Jan. 30 | 末法亿亿人修行, 罕一得道; 唯依念佛, 得度生死。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《大集经》 [In the] Dharma-Ending [Age, which is NOW, when] koṭis* [of] koṭis [of] humans cultivate [Dharma] practice, [it is] rare [that] one attains...

Nature Haiku

Jan. 29 | See nature as it is and see its truths as you are too

Four Great Vows 四弘誓愿

Jan. 29 | 众生无边誓愿度。 烦恼无尽誓愿断。 法门无量誓愿学。 佛道无上誓愿成。 [Of] sentient beings [who are] boundless,   [I] vow [to] deliver [them all]. [Of] afflictions [that are] inexhaustible,   [I] vow [to] sever [them all]. [Of]...

What Makes The Worldly Go Round & Round?

Jan. 29 | On eight worldly conditions which obsess the world and round which it revolves: gain and loss, status and disgrace, blame and praise, pleasure and pain. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Lokavipatti Sutta) As summarised from the Lokavipatti Sutta… How Ordinary...

Always Listen To Continually Learn

Jan. 29 | Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible. – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama [A]fter Sulak [Sivaraksa] saw a photograph in which the Dalai Lama was drinking Coca-Cola, [h]e mentioned his disapproval when he met with the Tibetan leader in Dharamsala....

Does Buddhism Promote Medium Practice?

Jan. 29 | Question: A medium said a friend’s problems from seeing of ghosts is because he is chosen by Guanyin Bodhisattva to ‘work’ – I guess to help spread the Dharma? Is there such a practice? Answer: No, there is no such practice in...

Lessons On ‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’

Jan. 29 | ‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’ begins with a lesson summarising them… ‘Caregiving is not just about feeding and clothing and cleaning. It is about understanding how to navigate a complicated relationship between those who give...

Time Haiku

Jan. 23 | Those running out of time are usually those who thought they still had lots of time.

Cultivate & Uphold Faithful Understanding 修持信解

Jan. 23 | 诸善男子, 汝等当信解 如来诚谛之语。 复告大众, 汝等当信解 如来诚谛之语。 又复告诸大众, 汝等当信解 如来诚谛之语。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《妙法莲华经》 (如来寿量品) ‘All good men...

[8] How To Be Released From Attachment

Jan. 23 | Undefiled by the stains of the superstitions of the eight worldly concerns, may I, by perceiving all phenomena as illusory, be released from the bondage of attachment. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’...

Ancient Symbiotic Relationship Of Monastics & Laity

Jan. 23 | Receive needs humbly and gratefully. Offer needs humbly and gratefully. – Shilashanti Before the Dalai Lama departed from Thailand, he told his secretaries that he wanted to go out in the morning on alms round. It is common to see orderly queues of...

Can Animal Experimentation Be Alright?

Jan. 23 | Question: If one’s job uses sentient beings such as animals for research to find cures for human diseases, this creates negative karma due to the animals’ imprisonment, torturous experimentation and death. However, if there is no research done,...

Here’s ‘The Fix’ For Global Warming

Jan. 23 | ‘The Fix’ is a comedy talk show hosted by a comedian with the assistance of a data expert. Two teams of comedians try to half-joke and half-seriously fix the world’s problems with humour and facts, also known as ‘wit and wisdom’....

Snow Haiku

Jan. 16 | The snow of yesterday That fell like cherry blossoms Is water once again – Gozan

Giving Little Gains Much 施少得多

Jan. 16 | 贤者好布施, 天神自扶将, 施一得万倍, 安乐寿命长。 [Of] virtuous ones [who] delight [in] generosity, heavenly gods [will] personally look after [them]. [When] giving once, [they] attain ten thousand times [more], [with] peace,...
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