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Doppelganger Haiku

Aug. 31 | If you meet your ‘double’, while there can be only one, will you be the better one?

Why Take Threefold Refuge?

Aug. 30 | Worldly teachers will let you down, but the world-transcended Buddhas’ pure blessings will never let you down – thus should you take refuge in the Buddhas. Worldly teachings will let you down, but the world-transcending Dharma’s perfect...

[E] How Is The Monastic Community Destroyed In The Dharma-Ending Age? 僧团如何在末法时期被破坏?

Aug. 29 | 吾涅槃后法欲灭时,五逆浊世魔道兴盛。 – 释迦牟尼佛《佛说法灭尽经》 After my Parinirvāṇa, when the Dharma is about to end,in this Five Heinous Transgressions’and Five Defilements’ Evil Age,demonic paths...

Friends, Not Food

Aug. 28 | If you’re eating animals please understand that  they do not want your metta;  they want you to not eat them.   – Bob Isaacson If you stopped people on the streets of Chicago or London and ask them if Buddhists are vegetarian, the most likely...

Are There ‘Foreign’ Buddhist Manifestations?

Aug. 27 | Question: Why does it seem that there are no records of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas manifesting in non-Asian countries? Answer: They do manifest in all manners of form needed to reach out to all kinds of beings, even if there are no records of every kind...

Our ‘Escape Room’ To Escape From

Aug. 26 | Like it or not, life now is as if a giant escape room puzzle with minor puzzles within to escape from. Such escape is not from rightly due responsibilities, but from saṃsāric (娑婆) existence itself. It is the ultimate escape, for attaining...

A Day Better Than A Hundred Years 百岁不如一日

Aug. 23 | 若人活百岁, 不解生灭法, 不如生一日, 而得解了之。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《法句经》第 113 偈 If a person lives for one hundred years, not understanding rising and cessation of phenomena, this is not equal to living for one...

[D] Why Even The Enlightened Cannot Prevent The Dharma-Ending Age 为何甚至觉者阻止不了末法时期

Aug. 22 | 首楞严经,般舟三昧,先化灭去。十二部经寻后复灭,尽不复现,不见文字。– 释迦牟尼佛《佛说法灭尽经》 The Śūraṅgama Sūtra, and the Pratyutpanna Samādhi Sūtra,will be the first sūtras to transform...

The Three Kinds Of Patience

Aug. 21 | There is no evil like hatred, And no fortitude like patience. Thus I should strive in various ways To meditate on patience. – Shantideva (Guide To Bodhisattva’s Way Of Life) [1] Not Becoming Upset with Those Who Do Harm The first type of patience...

Can I Suffer On Behalf Of Others?

Aug. 20 | Question: Is it possible to suffer on the behalf of other sentient beings? Answer: Most parents, being loving, wish to suffer on behalf of their children when they are sick, but who is able to do this? If this can be done, the world would not have any...

What Is Your True Nature To Show?

Aug. 19 | Based on a true story, ‘TND’ depicts the dawn of the AV industry in Japan. As presented, are four key ideas raised and reflections on them. First, we are born and die naked. However, being humans, not animals with fur, hide, scales or...

Delusion Haiku

Aug. 17 | Believing you can get away, you are already trapped, by your delusions.

Where Is Freedom?

Aug. 16 | Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. – Viktor E. Frankl

[C] Did The Buddha Warn About The Climate Crisis? 佛陀警告过气候危机吗?

Aug. 15 | 吾涅槃后法欲灭时, 五逆浊世魔道兴盛。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《佛说法灭尽经》 After my Parinirvāṇa, when the Dharma is about to end, in this Five Heinous Transgressions’ and Five Defilements’ Evil Age, demonic paths...

We Have No Time To Be Evil

Aug. 14 | There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels. – The Buddha (Dhammapada Verse 6) Let’s get rid of anger’s evil; let’s purge the mind, tear out by the roots that...
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