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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,...

[7] How To Offer Benefits To All

Jan. 16 | In short, both directly and indirectly, do I offer every happiness and benefit to all my mothers. I shall secretly take upon myself all their harmful actions and suffering. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’...

The Great Value Of Spiritual Friendship

Jan. 16 | Radical transformation of society requires personal and spiritual change first or at least simultaneously. – Sulak Sivaraksa A topic that Sulak [Sivaraksa] weaves into nearly every talk, essay, book, or discussion is spiritual friendship, which he regards...

How Should Buddhist Images Be Worn?

Jan. 16 | Question: Is it alright to wear images, names and mantras of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas on clothes, socks, shoes and such? Answer: it is best not to wear prominent Buddhist imagery in the above ways, as we are far from holy, thus possibly tarnishing the...

‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ On Mortality

Jan. 16 | Buster Scruggs who is dressed in white sings his songs to the audience in a laid back manner, as he rides upon his white horse, taking his time to trot along into town. He seems supremely cool and at ease, speaking in cliched long-winded Western sentences...

How The Future Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva ‘First’ Visited Hell

Jan. 12 | 佛名大觉,具一切智, 若在世时,我母死后, 傥来问佛,必知处所。 – 婆罗门女 《地藏菩萨本愿经》 [The] Buddha [is] named [the] Great Awakened [One], complete [with] all wisdom, thus [on] when alive, [and]...

How To Help The Deceased With The Triple Gem

Jan. 12 | (A Summary Of The Ullambana Sūtra) 常以孝慈,忆所生父母, 为作盂兰盆,施佛及僧, 以报父母,长养慈爱之恩。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《盂兰盆经》 Constantly with filial loving-kindness, recollect Fathers [and] Mothers...

Flower Haiku

Jan. 8 | Lose your un-flower mind Paul Reps Zen Telegrams

The Dharma

Jan. 8 | Learn the Dharma thoroughly. Practise the Dharma fully. Share the Dharma generously. – Dharma Saying

[6] How To See Those Who Have Betrayed Us

Jan. 8 | When someone whom I have benefited, and in whom I have great hopes gives me terrible harm, I shall regard that person as my holy guru. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’ (Part 6 of 8): 第六颂:视害为师 吾昔饶益助某人, 且曾深心寄厚望, 彼虽非理妄加害, 愿视彼为善知识。 –...

You Stop Too

Jan. 8 | Spiritual practice starts by stopping the unskilful, before starting the skilful, and perfecting it. – Shilashanti A famous bandit, a murderer named Angulimala, had been sighted in the neighbourhood… Against all advice, the Buddha set out for...

Can I Offer Dead Animals To The Buddhas?

Jan. 8 | Question: Is it alright to offer food with meat to the Buddha?  Answer: It is not a good idea to offer any dead sentient being to any Buddha, as each Buddha loves each sentient being like an only child, such that he would never wish anyone to have...

We Are Humans In A ‘Bird Box’

Jan. 8 | An inexplicable presence turns people crazy when seen, leading to suicide and murder. With no one who has seen it surviving, no one lives to tell what it really is, be it some spirit being, alien or whatnot. While curiosity of the audience deepens with...

Birthday Haiku

Jan. 1 | Are birthday celebrations not annual glorifications of the non-existent ego?
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