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Buddha Haiku

Aug. 30 | If what mindful of, you will become —be mindful of Buddha then.

With Defilements Purified Brilliance Is Retained 垢净明存

Aug. 29 | 如人锻铁,去滓成器,器即精好。学道之人,去心垢染,行即清净矣。 — 释迦牟尼佛《四十二章经》: 第三十五章 Like people forging iron, ridding sediments to become wares, the wares are then excellent...

May Your Compassion Be More Powerful Than Greed

Aug. 28 | We are just being slaughtered and slaughteredone lifetime after another — don’t let your wisdom, compassion and power be so weak!— Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol(in the voice of old ewes)  As for the argument sometimes put forward by Mahayana...

What Is This Certain Sutra About?

Aug. 27 | Question: What is this ___ sutra about? Answer: While this is a very good question, it is also very difficult to answer simply. It is especially difficult to answer due to the length of the scripture and its many important subjects covered.  The...

Was ‘Mee Pok Man’s Love ‘True’? 

Aug. 27 | Adapted from a horror story, ‘Mee Pok Man’ (1995) is an ‘innocent’ love story that turns into a heartbreaking tragedy. In an unqualified attempt to save his crush from a car crash while skipping a timely hospital visit, a...

Wáng Yángmíng’s Fantastic Encounter 王阳明奇遇记

Aug. 26 | 无善无恶心之体,有善有恶意之动。知善知恶是良知,为善去恶是格物。-《四句教》王阳明Without good and without evil is the essence of the mind,Having good and having evil is the movement of the mind.Knowing...

Ego Haiku

Aug. 8 | Ego is our true enemy, for both ourselves and our false ‘enemies’.

Passing Through Much To Obtain Victory 展转获胜

Aug. 7 | 人离恶道,得为人难。既得为人,去女即男难。既得为男,六根完具难。六根既具,生中国难。既生中国,值佛世难。既值佛世,遇道者难。既得遇道,兴信心难。既兴信心,发菩提心难。既发菩提心,无修无证难。 —...

How Should Buddhists Respond To Pandemics? 佛教徒该如何应对疫情?

Aug. 6 | Consumer demand for fresh meatis also rising as the global populationapproaches 8 billion,including many who are increasinglyadopting diets rich in meat.— Mattha Busby(The Guardian, 21 Jan 2020) Other than the usual safety and ‘sanity’...

Does Cutting Out The Organs Disturb The Mind?

Aug. 5 | Helping our loved ones at the time of death is the best service we can offer them, our greatest gift. Why? Because death is the most important time of life: it’s at death that the next rebirth is determined.— Lama Zopa Rinpoche Some people...

When Do Bodhisattvas Intervene To Help? 

Aug. 4 | Question: Some claim great Bodhisattvas do not intervene to help those with ripening negative karma. However, we know that all Bodhisattvas vow to help all beings. How should this ‘contradiction’ be understood? Answer: Great Bodhisattvas...

A Monkey’s Satire On Human ‘Love’?

Aug. 3 | ‘A Chinese Odyssey, Part Two: Cinderella’《大话西游之大圣娶亲》is one of the (too) many (?) comedic retellings of ‘Journey To The West’《西游记》. Although often ridiculous, there seems to be some accidental...
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