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Are You Causing Suffering With Speciesism?

Jul. 31 | If you believe plants are also sentient, you should not eat animals’ meat and such, as they eat much plants to grow them, while vegans directly eat the least plants. – Commonsensical [T]he Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer wrote a book...

Are Animal Communication Courses Alright?

Jul. 30 | Question: Are courses which claim to teach tactics to communicate with animals alright?   Answer: There is need to know what they entail, to know if they are ethical and sensible. For example, some supposedly teach ‘telepathy’. However,...

Are You ‘Possessed’ Of Even Quicker Wits?

Jul. 29 | In ‘Possessed’ is an interesting scene of how a ‘sha-(C)on-man’ persuaded a (D)evotee to part with her money. As follows is the dialogue with comments between… C: You need to throw one. D: Are you talking about ‘gut’...

TV Haikus

Jul. 27 | Even a TV only occasionally faulty is still a faulty TV. Only a TV never ever faulty is then a perfect TV.

Reach The Shore

Jul. 26 | Few among men are those who cross to the farther shore [of liberation]. The rest, the bulk of men, only run up and down the hither bank. – The Buddha (Dhammapada Verse 85)

[A] Did the Buddha Teach The Dharma-Ending Age To Discourage Us? 佛陀的末法教理是要我们气馁吗?

Jul. 25 | 末世法灭之时, 特驻此经,百年在世, 接引众生,往生彼国。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《无量寿经》 When it is the last period of the Dharma-Ending Age [which is this era], I will specially retain this sūtra, for one hundred [more]...

A Stoic’s Daily Zen-like Self-Review

Jul. 24 | Our spiritual health demands  that we let go of anger,  or else it will never let go of us.   – Seneca Seneca, to judge by his self-presentation in his writings, was a self-reflective and inward-looking man. He describes, in one of the passages...

Can I Listen To The Dharma At Night?

Jul. 23 | Question: Is it not advisable to listen to pre-recorded Dharma teachings too late at night, in case it attracts unseen beings to come, who might cause disturbances? I am however only free at night to listen. Answer: There are unseen beings here and there,...

The First Things In ‘Cities Of Last Things’

Jul. 22 | The film (幸福城市) begins in the midst of a casual yet cautionary song – ‘爱千万不要给得太多… 你今天将它挽留,明天它悄悄溜走。你将一切给我,我却不知如何接受。啊… 请你请你不要再来找我。世界上的男孩不只我一个。啊…...

Fleeting Haiku

Jul. 20 | Seek the lasting without distraction from the fleeting.

Control Yourself

Jul. 19 | Irrigators regulate the rivers;fletchers straighten the arrow shaft;carpenters shape the wood;the wise control themselves. Just as a solid rockis not shaken by the storm,even so the wiseare not affected by praise or blame. On hearing the Teachings,the...

Is Spiritual Practice Easier In This World? 在这个世界比较容易修行吗?

Jul. 18 | 我观是 阎浮众生, 举心动念, 无非是罪。 – 地藏菩萨 《地藏经》   I see that of these Jambudvīpa sentient beings [here], with their raising of minds and moving of thoughts, none are not with transgressions.   – Kṣitigarbha...

What Is In Your Circle Of Control?

Jul. 17 | Mind your mind mindfully, or it will be ‘minded’ by its negative habits of greed, hatred and delusion. – Shilashanti ‘We control our reasoned choice and all acts that depend on that moral will. What’s not under our control are...

Clear Answers On Mixed Responses To Going Veg

Jul. 16 | Questions: Should Buddhists should be vegetarian? I received mixed ‘responses‘…. such as claims that the Buddha was not vegetarian, that he did not teach it, and that there are good Buddhists who are not vegetarians. What do you...

Six Reflections On ‘Aziz Ansari: Right Now’

Jul. 15 | This is the ironic era, when more comedians are speaking heartfelt truths than some politicians, whose words make a mockery of truth and themselves, often in ways not even funny… Ansari starts his latest comedy special with a confession on his...
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