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How To Have More Peace

Jan. 31 | If you have the misconception that your life will be perfect, you will always be shocked by its up and down nature. If you expect your life to be up and down, your mind will be much more peaceful.    Lama Yeshe (Make Your Mind An...

As Already Warned By A Great Master 大师已警告

Jan. 30 | The growth of the live animal export trade will make the spread of diseases more likely, experts have warned.— Mattha Busby(The Guardian, 21 Jan 2020) As a kind of public service announcement through Níngbō’s Meritorious Virtues’...

The Buddha’s Two Authorities Within Four Great References For All

Jan. 30 | For that which I have proclaimedand made known as the Dharma and the Discipline,that shall be your Master when I am gone.– Śākyamuni Buddha(Mahāparinibbāṇa Sutta) What if you encounter a so-called famous ‘master’, who claims...

Spiritual Practice In The Face Of War & Death

Jan. 29 | 万物自有功,当言用及处。事存函盖合,理应箭锋拄。 石头希迁禅师 《参同契》   The ten thousand things each has its merits,that should be said of their functions and situations.Phenomena exists like...

Should Vegans Give Away Non-Vegan Food?

Jan. 28 | Question: As vegans, when having accidentally received non-vegan food (or drinks), what best should be done? Some would give them to non-vegan friends, as they themselves ‘cannot’ consume them, while these friends ‘can’. Is...

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, Not Far From Reality?

Jan. 27 | Is this yet another Spider-Man movie? Yes and no. Yes, it seems like a(nother) more teen-focused take, for the younger generation, to create new Spidey fans perhaps. No, as it does imagine, kind of to warn, of some potentially up and rising ills...

Karma Haiku

Jan. 25 | Preaching about karma without practising accordingly creates worse karma.* * By being a negative example instead of an expected good one.

Eradicate Bad Minds

Jan. 24 | 境缘无好坏,好坏起于心。愚人除境不除心,至人除心不除境。既除矣,境岂实有? 达境本空,便能素位而行。  不愿乎外,以所历位,无非无外之法界也。知皆即法界,自无入而不自得。   —...

How To Win At ‘Scissors, Paper, Stone!’

Jan. 23 | To easier win a game of chance,play with more certain knowledgeof your attachment and aversion. — Shilashanti ‘Scissors, Paper, Stone!’Does it make any sense to haveone as a favourite in the game,when each is equally powerful,just...

Thank You Very Much

Jan. 22 | The essence of givingis to give awaygreed, hatred and delusion.— Shilashanti Giving is the warm heart of Bodhisattva practice. Generosity attends and responds with kindness to whatever turns up, including people and events we find challenging....

How Should New Vegans Handle Old Non-Vegan Stuff?

Jan. 21 | Question: As I am aspiring to be a Buddhist vegan also committing to the Five Precepts, what should I do with old non-vegan stuff like wool shawls and leather bags? Since they are already bought, should I continue using them till they are damaged?...

‘The Best Of Enemies’ As Better Friends

Jan. 20 | How do you transform an enemy, to make him or her a friend? By offering unconditional help as a fellow human being. By giving the least expected, yet the most needed without being asked, how can an enemy not be moved to see the ‘enemy’...

Focus Haiku

Jan. 18 | Begin focusing now on what you have to at the end.

One Same Buddha-Nature 同一佛性

Jan. 17 | 我肉众生肉,名殊体不殊,原同一种性,只是別形躯。 — 宋黄庭坚 My flesh and other sentient beings’ flesh,have names different but essence not different,originally with the same one kind of nature,only with other...

Are You Affected by the Bystander Effect?

Jan. 16 | The fully awakenedstand up fully,at the forefront. — Shilashanti The air-conditioning is way too cold in the waiting room.But all the strangers in it endure it for no good reason.No one complains to anyone.No one does anything about it.Not even...
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