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Birthday Haiku

Jan. 2 | It is a happy birthdayonly if you were born happy,to bring happiness to others.

Great Master Hānshān’s ‘Song For Awakening The World’ 憨山大师《醒世歌》

Dec. 31 | In Great Master Hānshān’s (憨山大师) ‘Song For Awakening The World’《醒世歌》, he wrote a string of universal reminders and admonitions for spiritual practice. Being timelessly relevant, the teachings encapsulated in...

Why Choose Sickness Over Indulgence?

Dec. 30 | How much better is itto be known fordoing well by manythan for living extravagantly?— Musonius Rufus [From ‘On Furnishings’]: I would choose sickness rather than luxury, for sickness harms only the body, but luxury destroys...

What Is ‘Form Is Emptiness’?

Dec. 29 | Question: What is the meaning of ‘form is emptiness’ (色即是空)? Answer: ‘Form’ (色) refers to matter, (which is what has mass); the material, as summed by the Four Elements (四大) of earth, water, fire and wind...

The Right Story Can Resume With Timely ‘Atonement’

Dec. 28 | ‘Atonement’ is a believable cautionary tale on the ills of an over-active imagination, which can lead to the ‘natural’ ease of spinning destructive and false testimonials. Seeing only little of what to be seen, while speculating...

Wisdom & Kindness Haikus

Nov. 14 | The wise learn what they should,to help themselves. The kind share what they can  to help others.

With Self Emptied Is Fear Eradicated 我空怖灭

Nov. 13 | 人从爱欲生忧,从忧生怖。若离与愛,何忧何怖? — 释迦牟尼佛《四十二章经》: 第三十二章 People from attachments and desires give rise to worries, and from worries give rise to fear. If departed from attachments,...

To Pull Or Not To Pull… That Is The Question

Nov. 12 | If you are not able to choose,it is not your choice to make,not your responsibility to bear.— Shilashanti In ethical philosophy, perhaps the most famous dilemma is that of ‘Trolleyology’ – the ‘Trolley Problem’....

It Is Easier To Be Born In Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land

Nov. 11 | I prostrate to Amitabha, leader of humans and gods.Through compassion you always see each migrator as your own child.Remembering you just once leaves fear of the Lord of Death far behind.May you eminent activities for migrators be glorious and without...

Is Guānyīn A Bodhisattva Or Buddha?  

Nov. 10 | Question: If Guānshìyīn (Avalokiteśvara) Bodhisattva (观世音菩萨) is still a Bodhisattva as named, why do Buddhists commemorate her/his day of accomplishing the path to Buddhahood (成道日) on the 19th day of the 6th lunar month (农历六月十九)? Answer:...

My Love Is ‘My Magic’

Nov. 9 | A man jaded after the loss of his wife struggles to provide for himself and his young neglected son. He intoxicates himself by drinking to drown his sorrows, but is reminded eventually, of his past performance skills. His skills are arguably not...

Best Haiku

Sep. 26 | Do (what is right)(with) your (thought, word and deed)best (you can).

With Wisdom’s Brightness Destroy The Demonic 智明破魔

Sep. 25 | 夫为道者,譬如一人与万人战。挂铠出门,意或怯弱:或半路而退,或格斗而死,或得胜而还。沙门学道,应当坚持其心,精进勇锐,不畏前境,破灭众魔,而得道果。 — 释迦牟尼佛《四十二章经》:...

Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva’s Teachings On Butchers & Buyers

Sep. 24 | [M]eat itself always derives from killing.If there were no killing,the lives of animals would remain unharmed.If there were no meat-eater, there would be no killer.— Shambhala King Pundarika(Vimalaprabhā: Great Commentary On The Kālacakra) In...

To What Extent Should The Dharma Be Protected? 护法应当到什么程度?

Sep. 23 | 于诸佛净戒,护持如明珠。— 释迦牟尼佛《梵网经菩萨戒本》Of all the Buddhas’ pure precepts,protect and uphold them like bright pearls.— Śākyamuni Buddha (Brahma Net Sūtra’s Bodhisattva Precepts) The...
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