Home » Author Archive

Author Archive

Should I ‘Just’ Let My Negative Karma Ripen?

Apr. 6 | Question: Is it right to think that I should not take special care of my health, so that my negative karma can be allowed to ripen, to be depleted?  Answer: The Buddha’s teachings are not merely about trying to deplete negative...

How To Solve ‘The Problem Of Evil’ With Buddhism

Mar. 29 | An omnipotent being [if he exists], who created a world containing evil [or potential for evil] not due to [its] sin must himself be at least partially evil [i.e. sinful]. — Bertrand Russell (Bertrand Russell’s Best) The Greek philosopher Epicurus...

Are Negative Karma And Negative Habits The Same?

Mar. 16 | Question: A friend mentioned that a mutual friend has negative karma, that prevents learning and practising the Dharma well. However, I think it is due to negative habits instead, leading to inattentiveness and lack of diligence in learning and practice....

The True Horror Of All Horror Movies

Mar. 15 | Watching on, seeing a truly horrific horror flick,we naturally first wonderhow such a horrible villain or demonis able to exist, even if fictitiously. Watching on, discovering the mysterious origin,we shudder to realisehow the antagonist came...

Transcendence Haiku

Mar. 13 | Go beyond space and timeby doing whattranscends your self.

Heavenly Demons Disturbing The Buddha 天魔娆佛

Mar. 12 | 天神献玉女于佛,欲坏佛意。佛言:「革囊众秽,尔来何为?去。吾不用。」天神愈敬,因问道意。佛为解说,即得须陀洹果。 — 释迦牟尼佛《四十二章经》: 第二十六章 Heavenly gods...

A Review Of Epicurus’ ‘Deadly’ Existential Mistake

Mar. 11 | What seems to make sense at first,might be exactly that —what only seems to make sense at first.— Shilashanti In the third section of the ‘Letter to Menoeceus’ by the Greek philosopher Epicurus (c. 341-271), he wrote, [Part 1]...

Which Realm Has The Most Beings?

Mar. 9 | Question: Of the six realms of existence, which has the most sentient beings? Answer: Numbers in the scriptures were not encountered, probably as they fluctuate with rebirth. However, there is this ratio stated by the Buddha in the Nakhasikhā...

Nothing Haiku

Mar. 6 | There is nothing to lose if you cling to nothing.

Those Without Attachment Attain The Path 无著得道

Mar. 5 | 夫为道者,犹木在水,寻流而行。不触两岸,不为人取,不为鬼神所遮,不为洄流所住,亦不腐败。吾保此木,決定入海。学道之人,不为情欲所惑,不为众邪所娆,精进无为。吾保此人,必得道矣。 —...

Record Of A Venerable Identifying A Fake Bodhisattva 和尚辨认假菩萨记

Mar. 4 | 譬如穷人,妄号帝王,自取诛灭。况复法王,如何妄窃?— 释迦牟尼佛《楞严经》 For example, a poor person,who falsely names oneself an emperor,personally incurs death.Furthermore as a Dharma king [i.e. Buddha],how...

Live Without Cold Spots

Mar. 3 | 镬汤无冷处。The cauldron’s soupis without cold spots.— Zen Saying If you are living as fully a you can, you will have no time to be bored [or unhappy]. There is not a single drop of cold water in a pot of boiling water. It is said...

Is It Alright To ‘Focus’ On More Than One Enlightened Being?

Mar. 2 | Question: Although I usually practise mindfulness of the name of Amitābha Buddha (i.e. Āmítuófó: 阿弥陀佛), as I once felt very desperate, I then pleaded to both Āmítuófó and Guānshìyīn Bodhisattva (观世音菩萨) for help. Is this...

An Awakening Walk Through Bly Manor

Mar. 1 | Every unresolved ghost story is a tragedy, arising from the three poisons of strong attachment, aversion and delusion. Reborn out of delusion, we return with its offsprings of attachment and aversion too. As time goes by, we might even feed ourselves...

Threefold Learning’s Haiku 三学俳句

Feb. 27 | Be good with preceptsBe calm with concentrationBe clear with wisdom
error: Alert: Content is protected !!