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Everything In The Right Places

Feb. 24 | 好雪片片,不落别处。— 庞云居士Good snow!Flake by flake,they do not fall on other places.— Layperson Páng Yún Do not be afraid. Live while accepting everything [as they are, so that they can be bettered if possible]. Snowflakes...

Is It Alright To Feed Deceased Animals To Living Animals?

Feb. 23 | Question: What do you think of feeding fish (and ‘standard’ canned pet food) to cats and dogs, while being vegetarian personally, with chanting of the Rebirth Mantra (往生咒) for the fish, in hope that they reach Amitābha Buddha’s...

Direction Haiku

Feb. 20 | If there is a clear direction,there should beno confusing distractions.

正观敌色 Right Contemplation To Resist Lust

Feb. 19 | 慎勿视女色,亦莫共言语。若与语者,正心思念:我为沙门,处于浊世,当如莲花,不为泥汙。想其老者如母,长者如姊,少者如妹,稚者如子。生度脫心,息灭恶念。— 释迦牟尼佛《四十二章经》:...

Three Ways To Urge Those Doing Well To Learn Buddhism

Feb. 18 | The fleeting nature of the worldly,is our wake-up call from the worldly.— Skýlosan For those doing well in life, who feel that as long as they do not do evil, and do some good, there is no need to learn the Dharma (i.e. the Buddha’s teachings),...

Even Great Bodhisattvas And Patriarchs Seek Birth In Pure Land

Feb. 17 | [I]f you wish to rescue deluded, suffering sentient beings, you should first seek rebirth in the Western Pure Land. Only after you have achieved Tolerance of Non-Birth should you return to the sea of birth and death to fulfill your original vows.—...

How Should Buddhists See Birthdays?

Feb. 16 | Question: How should Buddhists view birthday celebrations? Answer: The term ‘birthday celebration’ viewed with the spiritual perspective is most ironic, as they are actually ‘rebirthdays’, occasions for repentance and reflection;...

Endurance Haiku

Feb. 13 | Whiningmakes enduringharder.

Great Master Hānshān’s ‘Song On Wasting In Vain’ 憨山大师《费闲歌》

Feb. 11 | In Great Master Hānshān’s (憨山大师) ‘Song On Wasting In Vain’《费闲歌》, he wrote a list of ten deeds, which are relatively easier to do externally, as compared with ten deeds which are more difficult to do internally,...

Universal Virtue’s Practices’ And Vows’ Chapter’s Verses Related To Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land 与阿弥陀佛净土相关的《普贤行愿品偈颂》

Feb. 10 | 尔时普贤菩萨摩诃萨,欲重宣此义,普观十方而说偈言:… At that time, Universal Virtue [Samantabhadra] Bodhisattva Mahāsattva, desiring to repeat proclamation of this meaning, universally contemplated the ten directions...

How To Advise An Angry And Greedy Dying Person?

Feb. 9 | Question: How can I advise an angry and greedy person who is dying to let go of her grudges and greed for money? Answer: Remind her that as her angry state of mind will affect her next life adversely, possibly leading to an unfortunate rebirth,...

Learning Haiku

Feb. 6 | Learn to break free;not just to learn.

Right Contemplation To Resist Lust 正观敌色

Feb. 5 | 慎勿视女色,亦莫共言语。若与语者,正心思念:我为沙门,处于浊世,当如莲花,不为泥汙。想其老者如母,长者如姊,少者如妹,稚者如子。生度脫心,息灭恶念。 — 释迦牟尼佛《四十二章经》:...

What Is ‘Beauty’?

Feb. 4 | The worldly onlycling to the beautiful.— Shilashanti(Part 1) The so-called ‘beautiful’ is soonly when perceivedunder certain conditionsof space and time. When seen too far without,it is only a blur.When seen too near within,it...

The Danger Of Arrogance Vs The Power Of Repentance

Feb. 3 | 忏悔文我昔所造诸恶业,皆由无始贪嗔痴,从身语意之所生,一切我今皆忏悔。— 普贤菩萨《普贤菩萨行愿品》Verse For RepentanceFrom my past, those created all evil karmas,all due to beginningless greed, hatred...
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