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Archive for November, 2019

Craziness Haiku

Nov. 30 | The truly crazy one is the one who does not want to be uncrazy.

Ego

Nov. 29 | The bigger the ego,the greater the weakness. The smaller the ego,the lesser the weakness. The ending of ego,is the absence of weakness. – Shilashanti

How A Great Master Repented Slander Of The Mahāyāna Teachings 大师如何忏悔诽谤大乘教理?

Nov. 28 | 世尊我一心,归命尽十方,无碍光如来,愿生安乐国。– 世亲菩萨  《往生论》第1偈 Before the World-Honoured One, I, with wholeheartedness, take refuge for life in the one who exhausts the ten directions, as the...

In Summer & Winter, Dress & Eat

Nov. 27 | No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.– Alan Watts The greater part of Zen literature consists of mondo, of brief dialogues between masters and pupils, which illustrate its peculiar method of instruction,...

How Tall Was The Buddha?

Nov. 26 | Question: How tall was Śākyamuni Buddha? Answer: In Chinese Buddhist texts, the Buddha is usually described to be ‘丈六八尺’ in height, which is ‘one zhàng and six chǐs or eight chǐs. How tall are both measurements?...

Out & ‘In The Shadow Of The Moon’

Nov. 25 | Fascinating as time travel stories can be, it is also a rather exhaustedly ‘travelled’ genre, ‘inspiring’ a sense of ‘Isn’t this like what I saw before? Here we go again?’ Then again, almost every time travel...

Will Haiku

Nov. 16 | Your willingness to  say and do what you will will make you culpable.

Natural Joy

Nov. 15 | For a person free from remorse, there is no need for an act of will, ‘May joy arise in me.’ It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.  – The Buddha(Cetana Sutta) 

Just Pour Away Ink-Diluted Water

Nov. 14 | 近墨易黑, 离朱难赤。生人天道, 易成善恶。 – 朱墨偈 (1) Those near ink are easily blackened,departed from cinnabar, difficult to redden.Born in the humanly and godly paths,it is easy become good and evil. – Verses...

Effects Of Ten Unwholesome (Evil) Karmic Paths (十恶业道)

Nov. 13 | Those with great greed become hungry ghosts.Those with great hatred become hell-beings.Those with great delusion become animals. Of the Ten Unwholesome Karmic Paths, the most severe are causes for the hells, the average degrees are causes...

Do Animals Who Kill Create Negative Karma?

Nov. 12 | Question: Do animals who kill other animals create negative karma, or are they ‘excused’? Answer: Animals might kill with less actual viciousness; with more instinctive violence for food. (However, some animals like cats do catch and...

How Comedies Can Become Scary Movies

Nov. 11 | Naturally, we think of comedies as the direct opposite of horror films. The first is for fun and laughter, the latter for terror and shrieks. Then again, there is a way in which a brainless comedy can morph into an absolute horror movie, before you...

Clarity Haiku

Nov. 9 | If you assume there is no need to clarify at all, you might already be confused.

Loving-Kindness & Compassion 慈与悲

Nov. 8 | 佛心者慈与悲:大慈则与乐,大悲则拔苦。 – 空海大师(性灵集) Those with the Buddha’s hearthave loving-kindness and compassion:with great loving-kindness thus giving joy,with great compassion thus uprooting...

Are You Plugging Into The Right ‘Machine’?

Nov. 7 | The American philosopher Robert Nozick proposed a thought experiment, where people can choose to plug into a machine that induces exclusively pleasurable experiences. This Experience Machine (EM) guarantees only pleasures in the mind, free from...
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