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First Haikus

Feb. 29 | You might be young now,but you will be old later —if you do not die first. You might be healthy now,but you will be sick later —if you do not die first. You might be alive now,but you will be dead later — if you do not die first.  ...

Mind Like Bright Moon 心如明月

Feb. 28 | 吾心似秋月,碧潭清皎洁。无物堪比伦,教我如何说? 寒山(文殊菩萨化身) My mind is like the autumn moon,in the green pool pure and shining clean.Without an object worthy as an equal,      tell me...

I Want You To Panic

Feb. 26 | No one is acting as if we are in a crisis. Even most green politicians and climate scientists go on flying around the world, eating meat and dairy.* — Greta Thunberg* Such consumption is one of the leading causes of the climate crisis We...

What Is The Cause Of Sickness?

Feb. 25 | Question: A non-religious friend says he does not understand why he contracted a sickness, while a religious friend says she does not understand why the deity she has faith in allowed her sickness to occur. Why do even religious people get sudden...

5 Pain Relief Tips From ‘Narcos: Mexico’?

Feb. 24 | In season 2’s episode 2 of ‘Narcos: Mexico’ are some literally torturous-to-watch yet thought-provoking scenes, of an accomplice in torture-cum-murder being interrogated for leads. Cocky and not cooperative, with his self-assured...

Productivity Haiku

Feb. 15 | Be productive,or you might be destructiveor just stagnate.

Brightness & Darkness

Feb. 14 | 当明中有暗,勿以暗相遇。当暗中有明,勿以明相睹。明暗各相对,比如前后步。 石头希迁禅师 《参同契》 When in brightness within, there is darkness,but do not with darkness meet it.When in darkness...

Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Eight Great Beings’ Realisations《佛说八大人觉经》  

Feb. 13 | By Later Hàn Dynasty’s Parthian Empire’s Tripiṭaka Dharma Master Ān Shìgāo Translated [Into Chinese] (后汉安息国三藏安世高译): As the Buddha’s disciples, they should constantly in day and...

How News Can Destroy Peace Of Mind

Feb. 12 | The more we value thingsoutside our control, the less control we have. — Epictetus What is wisdom? Think of a wide man… your personal ideal, a beacon of humanity. Someone like Socrates, Confucius, the Buddha… Now imagine that person...

Are There Buddhist Wealth Gods?

Feb. 11 | Question: Does the god of wealth (财神) exist? Is there an equivalent in Buddhism? Answer: In Chinese culture, there are some characters believed and worshipped as gods of wealth, some of whom might be mythological, and some based on historical...

What Truly Scary About ‘The Ghost Bride’

Feb. 10 | The following clarifies on major myths propagated by the named series. In the Buddhist perspective, the very Chinese title of ‘The Ghost Bride’, as based on the book《彼岸之嫁》, which means ‘Marriage of the Other Shore’...

Bitter Haiku

Feb. 8 | Life is already too bitterto be even more bitterabout others’ bitterness.

Verse With Three Truths 三谛偈

Feb. 7 | 诸行无常,是生灭法。 生灭灭已,寂灭为乐。      释迦牟尼佛《涅槃经》   All phenomena* is impermanent,being rising and falling dharmas.*With rising and falling eradicated already,it...

How Dairy Cows & Veal Calves Suffer

Feb. 6 | 若诸比丘,不服东方丝绵绢帛,及是此土靴履裘毳、乳酪醍醐,如是比丘,于世真脱。酬还宿债,不游三界。何以故?服其身分,皆为彼缘,如人食其地中百谷,足不离地。— 释迦牟尼佛《楞严经》If...

Do Not Forget This World Of Phenomena

Feb. 5 | Trying to suppress delusion is delusion too. Delusions have no original existence; they’re only things you create yourself by indulging in discrimination.— Bankei It’s said that Bakei’s (Yotaku) (1622-93) quest for enlightenment...
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