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Supreme Sharing

Apr. 26 | There are these two kinds of sharing: sharing of material things and sharing of the Dharma. Of the two, this is supreme: sharing of the Dharma. – The Buddha (Itivuttaka 4.1)

Zombie Haiku

Apr. 26 | Zombies particularly terrify because they seem human, yet relentlessly greedy, hateful and deluded. (Be not the undead or unalive.)

Have You Chosen Your Last Thought Yet?

Apr. 26 | The fundamental practice NOW is to take good care of this thought in this moment, from thought to thought, from moment to moment. – Shilashanti What will your last thought be, right before your coming rebirth? As the natural working of death-proximate...

The Wheels Of Spiritual & Worldly Power

Apr. 26 | Without the spiritual wheel of the Dharma, all worldly wheels but turn in endless cycles, seemingly getting somewhere but nowhere. – Shilashanti “The monks since the time of the Buddha have represented the wheel of truth and righteousness, the...

Should Birthdays Be Celebrated With Meat Feasts?

Apr. 26 | Question: On celebrating kids’ birthdays, could it be the kids’ good karma that made the celebrations possible? Answer: Of course, it is the kids’ good karma to be able to have such celebrations, but it is due to good karma from past...

The Right Way For ‘The Highwaymen’?

Apr. 26 | ‘The Highwaymen’ tells the notorious case of Bonnie and Clyde, who were on the run from the law for over two years, who were twistedly idolised by the deluded as heroes, despite having committed 13 murders, with multiple robberies and burglaries....

What If I’m Confused By Some Teachings?

Apr. 19 | Question: What if I find some teachers’ teachings confusing, and even potentially misleading? Answer: Never let the Buddha, his Dharma and yourself down. You should sincerely and politely clarify with them, to check your understanding. If it turns...

Judge Haiku

Apr. 18 | To carelessly judge is to not care about reality.

Learn To Practise Accordingly

Apr. 18 | Much though he recites the sacred texts, but acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who only counts the cows of others — he does not partake of the blessings of the holy life. Little though he recites the sacred texts, but puts the...

How The Buddha Redirected A Precious Offering

Apr. 18 | Being the fundamental source of physical kindness in our lives, our parents should first to be repaid, by sharing the Dharma learnt with them. – Shilashanti As recounted by the Pure Land Tradition’s 2nd Patriarch Great Master Shàndǎo (净土宗二祖善导大师)...

How To Not Sleepwalk Through Life

Apr. 18 | You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire. – Seneca Like Buddhists, Stoics advise us to contemplate the world’s impermanence. “All things human,” Seneca reminds us, “are short-lived...

Should Buddhists Sell Killed Animals For Charity?

Apr. 18 | Question: Is it alright to collect whatever food sponsored, even if non-vegetarian, for selling, to raise funds in the name of Buddhism? Answer: Although this seems to be a little like random alms-seeking, it is not so… as there is active open...

Why Vanya’s Power In ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Doesn’t Sound Right

Apr. 18 | In season one of ‘The Umbrella Academy’, the one deemed most ‘extra ordinary’ among the Hargreaves’ foster siblings turn out to be the most extraordinary. The brothers and sisters lived as a school of X-men of sorts, with...

Where To Meet Amitābha Buddha & Maitreya Bodhisattva Together 如何同见阿弥陀佛与弥勒菩萨

Apr. 11 | 愿我临欲命终时, 尽除一切诸障碍, 面见彼佛阿弥陀, 即得往生安乐刹。 – 普贤菩萨 《普贤菩萨行愿品》 May I, when approaching, almost [at] life’s end, completely eradicate all obstacles, [to] personally...

Chaos Haiku

Apr. 10 | The challenge is to see potential order in utter chaos.
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