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Archive for June, 2019

Test Haiku

Jun. 29 | What tests you is also what teaches you.

Heed The Dharma

Jun. 28 | Heedfulness is the path to the Deathless. Heedlessness is the path to death. The heedful die not. The heedless are as if dead already. – The Buddha (Dhammapada Verse 21)

Will Dharma Learning & Practice Create Obstacles?

Jun. 27 | The cause of right Dharma learnt gives rise to the effect of right Dharma practised and realised. – Shilashanti Is it so, that with when we are keen to learn and practise the Buddha’s teachings (i.e. the Buddha Dharma), there will be obstacles?...

Be Mindful, Brothers & Sisters

Jun. 26 | But little water do the oceans four contain, Compared with all the tears that man hath shed, By sorrow smitten and by suffering distraught. Woman, why heedless dost thou still remain? – The Buddha to Patacara Patacara, a lady from a well-to-do family...

What If I Lack Time For Buddhist Classes?

Jun. 25 | Question: I hope to be able to come to Dharma class, if not strapped by work again. Time is running out, but I seem to have no choice but to choose working over learning. Answer: If being too busy recurs too often, there might need to see if it makes...

‘I Am Mother’ Of Project Human Being?

Jun. 24 | In the probable event that there is very advanced A.I (Artificial Intelligence), will you trust it, if embodied in a single robot? To push the thought experiment to the extreme, what if you were brought up by this very robot, while you had never interacted...

Organisation Haiku

Jun. 22 | To minimise is to organise before you organise.

Wellness

Jun. 21 | To live well, think, speak and do well when well. To live more well, think, speak and do well even when unwell. – Zhaojian

Have You ‘Signed Up’ For Spiritual Insurance?

Jun. 20 | Much spiritual insurance does create enough material insurance. – Shilashanti Someone asked if monastics buy health insurance. Well, I do not know who did, if any, while there can be many reasons why others did not – such as due to not knowing about...

Careful Who You Lust For, Whom You Might Never Get

Jun. 19 | From lust springs grief, from lust springs fear; One free from lust, has no grief, whence fear? – The Buddha (Dhammapada Verse 215) The Dhammapada Commentary relates the story of Anitthigandha Kumāra in whom love developed for the kind of feminine...

How Accurate Are Buddhist Scriptures?

Jun. 18 | Question: How accurate are the Buddhist sutras, as documentation of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings? Answer: Not all texts claimed to be Buddhist ‘scriptures’ are true ‘teachings’ of the Buddha, for if it was so, simply naming...

‘Always Be My Maybe’ & Sorry?

Jun. 17 | In the pretentious restaurant’s scene, ‘Keanu Reeves’ (playing ‘himself’) asks, ‘May I ask, do you have any dishes that play with time, the concept of time?’ The waiter replies, ‘Ah! Yes, we have a meat...

Starter Haiku

Jun. 15 | Stop hoping and start fulfilling.

Five Poisons

Jun. 14 | The greedy, when overboard, will be deprived, when repented, will be content. The hateful, when overboard, will be loathed, when repented, will be accepted. The deluded, when overboard, will be confused, when repented, will be clear. The arrogant, when...

Do You Learn & Practise Buddhism Sincerely?

Jun. 13 | Sincerity is needed to master any worldly skill, much more spiritual skills. – Nowanden A Dharma friend shared that a mutual friend (who is an acquaintance), who used to sing Buddhist songs, had recently given up on Buddhism. My reply was this –...
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