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Space Haiku

Feb. 20 | What left or right? What below or above? Space.

An Ancient Law

Feb. 20 | 不能以怨恨, 止息世间怨, 唯慈能止怨, 乃不易古法。 释迦牟尼佛 (法句经) [One is] not able [to], with hatred, cease [the] world’s hatred; only [with] loving-kindness [is one] able [to] cease hatred – this [is...

How Did Ignorance Arise?

Feb. 20 | While rebirth occurs gradually from life to life, rebirth occurs swiftly from moment to moment too. – Ignoramusan In the 12 links of dependent origination (十二因缘) which explain how rebirth occurs, ignorance (无明) is the root cause. How did...

Uncover Your Forgotten But Never Lost Treasure

Feb. 20 | If a Bodhisattva intently ponders  The profound Tathāgata store  Possessed by all sentient beings,  He will quickly attain the unsurpassed Bodhi [i.e. Buddhahood]. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Mahāvaipulya Sūtra Of The Tathāgata Store) … [A]s...

How To Handle Unwanted Lay Robes?

Feb. 20 | Question: If the owner of a set of Chinese lay Buddhist robes, one black (海青) and the other brown (缦衣) had passed away, how should they be handled?    Answer: Perhaps the temple through which refuge and precepts were taken can be enquired,...

Did ‘Christine’ Create Reality TV?

Feb. 20 | ‘Christine’ is based on a true story, described to be about sensationalism, that is however not sensationalistic. It tells the shocking and tragic 1974 case of news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who struggled with depression while striving...

Horizon Haiku

Feb. 12 | Line of no line – horizon Form of no form – wave There but not there – Middle Path

The Swiftest Path To Buddhahood

Feb. 12 | 若人疾欲至, 不退转地者, 应以恭敬心, 执持称名号。 – 龙树菩萨 《十住毗婆沙论》(易行品) If one swiftly desires [to] reach, [the] ground [of] non-retrogression [for progress to Buddhahood, one] should with reverent...

Brief Remarks On A Brief Answer To A Big Question

Feb. 12 | [Y]ou can say the laws are the work of ‘God’, but that is more a definition of ‘God’ than a proof of his existence. – Stephen Hawking In the famous avowed atheist scientist Stephen Hawking’s posthumous book ‘Brief...

Make Your Bed

Feb. 12 | Make up your mind,  to better your mind, to better mind your  words and deeds, to better your life. – Shilashanti Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room,...

Do We Rejoice Over All Kinds Of Happiness?

Feb. 12 | Question: If one cheats us, we should see this as the ripening of our negative karma and not get upset. Beyond this, if the cheat is happy for his gain, should we also rejoice for him?  Answer: The practice of rejoicing should never be for anyone’s...

‘Outlaw King’ Vs Dharma King?

Feb. 12 | What do you do if your duty is to save your people against tyranny, while being wanted, and with little support? The titular (but somewhat fictionalised) ‘Outlaw King’ who was Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) sacked his own land’s usurped...
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