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How An Angry Insulter Was Calmly Reasoned With

Apr. 29 | Overcome the angry by non-anger;overcome the wicked by goodness;overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth.— The Buddha(Dhammapada Verse 223) According to the ‘Akkosa Sutta’, or the ‘Discourse On Insults’,...

A Golden Line Extracted From ‘Extraction’ 

Apr. 25 | During a few moments of respite, somewhere in the middle of the action-packed movie, the protagonist boy shares a golden quote with his rescuer, who was still grieving for his deceased son — ‘You drown not by falling into a river, but by...

Refuge Haiku

Apr. 24 | The path to enlightenment begins with taking refuge and ends by becoming refuge.

Walking The Path Is In The Mind 行道在心

Apr. 23 | 沙门行道,无如磨牛,身虽行道,心道不行。心道若行,何用行道? — 释迦牟尼佛《四十二章经》: 第四十章 Śramaṇas walking the path, should be without those like milling cows, whose bodies although...

How A ‘Haunted’ Room Was ‘Exorcised’

Apr. 22 | If your fears are neverfaced and transformed,they will always haunt you.— Shilashanti On the second night in the small solo retreat room, one of the most nerve-racking events was experienced… At an ungodly hour, the winds started to howl,...

The Butter & Lamp Analogies For Buddha-Nature

Apr. 21 | Full enlightenment is attainedby fully realising Buddha-Natureand fully renouncing all other ‘natures’.— Shilashanti I bow to you, the Dharmadhātu[i.e. Dharma-nature, or Buddha-nature,the bright essential potential for Buddhahood],Who...

Should I Use Chanting To Fall Asleep?

Apr. 20 | Question: Can I use a chanting track with a Buddha’s name, such as that of ‘Āmítuófó’ (阿弥陀佛) for listening to help me sleep? Answer: You should not use chanting as a lullaby to taper away your mindfulness. You should...

Choose Life Again, According To ‘T2: Trainspotting’?

Apr. 18 | 21 years later, in 2017’s sequel ‘T2: Trainspotting’, Renton gives an updated ‘Choose Life’ speech, that marks significant cultural changes over time — ‘Choose life. Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope...

Brace Haiku

Apr. 17 | Unenlightened life is suffering — brace yourself for it, or become enlightened.

With Straightforward Minds Leaving Desires 直心出欲

Apr. 16 | 夫为道者,如牛负重,行深泥中,疲极不敢左右顾视,出离淤泥,乃可苏息。沙门当观情欲,甚于淤泥。直心念道,可免苦矣。 — 释迦牟尼佛《四四十二章经》: 第四十一章 Those...

Summary of ‘Practices With Ten Great Obstacles’《十大碍行》纲要

Apr. 15 | 佛祖圣贤,未有不以逆境为大炉韝者。— 净土宗九祖蕅益大师《十大碍行》跋 Of Buddhas, Patriarchs, noble and virtuous ones, there are yet to be with those who did not practise with opposing situations as great furnaces...

Tame & Transform Your Raging Tiger

Apr. 14 | It’s great to be able to stopWhen you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,And be able to do something else insteadAnd think this song.— Mr. Rogers As silly as those lyrics might seem to us in the moment, as our temper is boiling...

Is Spiritual Friendship Or Spirituality More Important?

Apr. 13 | Question: Which comes first — spiritual friends or spirituality? How should we ‘balance’ desire for spiritual friendship and spirituality itself? Answer: Although the Buddha taught that spiritual friendship is very important, it...

Choose Life, According To ‘Trainspotting’?

Apr. 11 | What is ‘trainspotting’ actually? It is a movie based on the novel by the same title. It is a serious hobby of some, to watch trains, to note their distinctive characteristics in appearance and even sound. It is perhaps used as a placeholder...

Anxiety Haiku

Apr. 10 | There are noanxious situations;just anxious people.
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