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Give The Dharma By Asking For It

Jan. 15 | Ask well if the answer matters to the welfare of you and/or all others.— Shilashanti Bodhisattvas aspire to offer all their actions of body, speech and mind as Dharma gifts. We have received the gift of the Dharma, and now we have an opportunity...

Does Āmítuófó Have A Sexist Vow?

Jan. 14 | Question: The 35th Vow of Amitābha Buddha (阿弥陀佛: Āmítuófó) says that ‘if there are women who hear my name (i.e. are sincerely mindful of it), with joyful faith, give rise to Bodhicitta, and loathe the female body, after the...

‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’; Not Go To War?

Jan. 13 | The word ‘Parabellum’ comes from the the Latin adage, ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum’, which translates as, ‘If you want peace, prepare for war.’ It comes from the last two words combined, in English being...

Madness Haiku

Jan. 11 | Who is totally mad, if mostly still able to cross streets well?

Verse For Wearing Precepts’ Robe 搭缦衣偈

Jan. 10 | 善哉解脱服,钵吒礼忏衣, 我今顶戴受, 世世常得披。 This excellent liberation garment,the patta* prostration and repentance robe,I now with my crown support and receive it,** in life after life, may I always attain draping...

How A Great Master Overcame Suffering From Terrible Sicknesses 大师如何克服大病苦

Jan. 9 | 诸佛菩萨,念念念众。  众虽不念,仍慈悲念。— 不弃偈 (1) All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,from thought to thought are mindful of all sentient beings.Sentient beings although not mindful of them,with loving-kindness...

Patience With Big & Small Frustrations Is Needed

Jan. 8 | Turning away and touching are both wrong.For it is like a massive fire.— Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi Hakuin Zenji was falsely accused of impregnating a young girl who lived in the village near his hermitage. When her parents and villagers...

How To Know If One Is A Bodhisattva Or Buddha As Claimed?

Jan. 7 | Question: How do we tell if those who claim to be manifestations of the enlightened are truly so? Answer: This can be done by asking about what enlightened beings should perfectly know. For instance, the most popularly abused name of a Bodhisattva...

On Students & Teachers In ‘The Kominsky Method’

Jan. 6 | In the last episode of season 2 of ‘The Kominsky Method’, ‘A Thetan Arrives’… (N)orman says, ‘I believe the next step for me is the journey inwards… the spiritual path… There’s an old saying that...

Day Haiku

Jan. 4 | Your re/birthday marks another year to your re/deathday.

Supreme Offering 最上供养 

Jan. 3 | 是真精进,是名真法供养如来。 若以华、香、璎珞、烧香、末香、塗香、天缯、幡盖及海此岸栴檀之香,如是等种种诸物供养,所不能及;  假使国城、妻子布施,亦所不及。… 是名第一之施,于诸施中最尊最上,以法供养诸如来故。  —...

Should Buddhists Take Their Time Spiritually?

Jan. 2 | 生死事大, 光阴可惜。 无常迅速,时不待人。— 寺院钟板文Birth and death is a matter big,and time available is regrettably little.With impermanence swift,time does not wait for one.— Text On Temple Sounding Board Some...

The Phenomenon Of Jewish Buddhists

Jan. 1 | ‘Is your essential nature defined by your gender, race, culture… born into?’ The Pew Research Center’s (2013) ‘A Portrait of Jewish Americans’ revealed that the Jewish identity has undergone a significant transformation...
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