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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.

Why End Conflicts Now?

Apr. 10 | 愚人不明了, 人生终归死。 彼等若明了, 诤论自息灭。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《法句经》第六偈 Foolish persons [do] not understand clearly, [that] human lives [in the] end return [to] death. Those others if understanding clearly, [their]...

Should You Save Others Or Yourself First? 该先度众生还是自己?

Apr. 10 | 泥菩萨过江, 自身难保。 Mud Bodhisattvas [who] cross [the] river, [of] themselves, [they are] difficult [to] protect. – Saying Should one who aspires for Buddhahood strive to deliver others or oneself from the rounds of rebirth first? Well,...

Two Ways To Overcome Lust

Apr. 10 | Where another man prays ‘Grant that I may possess this woman,’ let your own prayer be, ‘Grant that I may not lust to possess her.’ Where he prays, ‘Grant me to be rid of such-and-such a one,’ you pray, ‘Take from me my desire to be rid of...

How Were ‘We’ Like Before Becoming Humans?

Apr. 10 | Question: Did the Buddha teach about how life was prior to the first humans? Answer: This was taught by the Buddha in the Agganna Sutta. (See Related Article below.) However, it was not a major focus, because there is not much need to focus on countless...

‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ To Buddha-Nature?

Apr. 10 | Some say ‘clothes maketh the man’. There is some truth in this, but only to some extent. The idea is that how well you dress can somehow lead to how well you succeed. It is a little like the concept of ‘fake it till you make it’...

Suffering Haiku

Apr. 3 | May you have enough suffering to urge you to transcend all suffering.

True Spiritual Friends 真善知

Apr. 3 | 真善知识者, 深通大乘教, 持菩萨胜律, 虽逢命难缘, 不舍菩萨戒。 – 寂天菩萨 《入菩萨行论》 Those [who are] true good-knowing [spiritual friends], know profoundly well [the] Great Vehicle’s teachings, uphold...
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