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Painting Haiku

Sep. 21 | The palette is also painted with the painting.

Be Not The Last To Sever The Seed 莫作最后断种人

Sep. 20 | 汝粗得其门, 当传灯化物, 莫作最后断种人也。 – 慧思大师致智者大师之遗教 《佛祖统纪》第六卷 智者大师最后教诲乃 亲自得生阿弥陀佛极乐净土  You, who have just attained this [Dharma] Door, should...

[G] What Will Happen To The Demonic In The Dharma-Ending Age? 末法之魔将受什么报应?

Sep. 19 | 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]...

How To Reset & Recalibrate Your Mind

Sep. 18 | Be with yourself as you are, but without haste, without impatience. – Shunmyo Masuno In our everyday lives, do any of us have time to think about nothing? I imagine most people would say, ‘I don’t have a moment to spare for that.’...

What Are Buddhist Meditative Practices Truly For?

Sep. 17 | Question: What are Buddhist meditative practices for? Can they be for relaxation and the sharpening of mindfulness for work and play? Answer: They are for training, to attain enlightenment, which leads to liberation from the cycle of birth and death....

Why ‘Clash Of The Titans’ (1981) Endures

Sep. 16 | If we mindfully reflect on the fantastic Greek myth of Perseus, we should realise that it is not truly a tale about external gods and monsters. Instead, it tells of how mere mortals are able to triumph despite seemingly impossible odds, with great...

Experience Haiku

Sep. 7 | Only those who know they are less experienced can become more experienced.

Two Razors

Sep. 6 | Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. – Hanlon’s Razor It is always from the third poison of delusion, that arise the first poison of greed, and the second poison of hatred. – Poisons’ Rule

[F] How Do Sūtras Disappear In This Dharma-Ending Age? 佛经如何在末法时期消失?

Sep. 5 | 恶人转多, 如海中沙。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《佛说法灭尽经》 Evil persons will multiply to be many, like sands’ number within the ocean. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of The Dharma’s Complete End) According...

How To Rise From Rock Bottom

Sep. 4 | When you hit rock bottom, the only way is up – or to stay sunken. – Extended saying I’ve been a Dharma teacher for twenty years, and I’ve observed that prisoners, war veterans, refugees, and others who have been through extreme difficulties...

Why Buy To Liberate Animals ‘Meant’ To Be Eaten?

Sep. 3 | Question: Buddhists practise liberation of animals caught from the wild or bred, into the right environments. But when bought, more might be caught or bred. Should they not be bought then?   Answer: If so, this is saying that all commercially trapped...

The Gun Of ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster Frankenstein’

Sep. 2 | In the first act of the theatrical production (ironically and comically produced for TV), the proverbial starting gun is spotted on a table, as this dialogue ensues… Miss Machbeth: Don’t touch that. It’s a gun. Aren’t...
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