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Mindfulness Haiku

Nov. 8 | Mind your mind always, as it is there always, yet changing always.

Which Of These Four Actions Do You Create?

Nov. 8 | There are four kinds of [karmic] actions proclaimed by me, after realising them for myself with direct knowledge. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Kukkuravatika Sutta) (As paraphrased and extended from the second half of the Kukkuravatika Sutta) [1] There are dark...

6 Brief Universal Lessons

Nov. 8 | Your mind cannot hold two thoughts at once. This means that a single thought can occupy your entire mind. Whether good or bad, everything stems from a single thought. If we are careful with that first thought, even tragedies can be prevented. – Haemin...

How To Handle Someone In A Rush?

Nov. 8 | Question: I was sick at at a clinic. There was a patient there who complained that she had wasted time waiting for an hour, asking if the next in line can let her go first, so that she can go home to take care of her child. Everyone remained silent....

‘Bleach’ing Out Darkness Of Evil

Nov. 8 | ‘Bleach: The Soul Reaper Agent Arc’ is a movie adaptation of the ‘Bleach’ manga series, featuring soul reapers who guide ‘souls’ in the afterlife. Not ‘Death’ itself, they are guides of the deceased. Adhering...

Work Haiku

Nov. 1 | Your real work is to use your worldly work to support your spiritual work of learning, practising and sharing the Dharma.

Did The Buddha Ever Say The Disagreeable?

Nov. 1 | What the Buddhas think, say and do is out of perfect compassion for all sentient beings. – Simokwang As recorded in the Abhayarājakumāra Sutta, Prince Abhaya asked the Buddha if he would ever say something disliked or disagreeable by others…...

How Encouragement Now Transforms The Future

Nov. 1 | In a way, Buddhas confer predictions of future attainment of Buddhahood as the purest ‘self-fulfilling’ prophesies – by inspiring greater practice towards it, with which definitely reaches it, as predicted. – Shilashanti As I was reading...

How Should Buddhists View Politics?

Nov. 1 | Question: What is the Buddhist view of politics? When there is social injustice due to politics, how should Buddhists approach it as concerned citizens? Answer: The Buddha personally, after renouncing his royal status, also renounced all political...

The Secret Life Of ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’?

Nov. 1 | This imaginative telling of Lincoln’s life as a part-time vampire hunter is an elaborate allegory perhaps, of how capitalistic slave-owners were like exploitative and unrelenting ‘bloodsuckers’, who would not stop till they took over...

Giving Haiku

Oct. 25 | Give till there is nothing left to give by your time to die – to perfect your generosity best you can. Love till there is no one left unloved by your time to die – to perfect your loving-kindness best you can.

How Do You Tame Your Six ‘Animals’?

Oct. 25 | Like a pure mirror, experience the pleasant only clearly as they are, without any attachment. – Shilashanti In the Chappana Sutta, the Buddha gave two analogies… First, suppose a person caught six animals, whom he ties together with a rope, with...

A Zen Master’s 3 Lessons

Oct. 25 | If you think you are either superior or inferior to someone, an invisible wall goes up between you. Treat him like an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. When you let your guard down, so will he. – Haemin Sunim I heard a story from Korea…...

‘Jason Bourne’ Vs His Past Karma

Oct. 25 | ‘Jason Bourne’ recalls his once forgotten ‘past life’ within this life… He was kind of tricked, yet kind of volunteered to be ‘trained’ as a ruthless killer of many. This reminds us to be mindful when choosing...

Late Haiku?

Oct. 17 | Never just take; give more meaningfully, and never hate; love all meaningfully… before it is too late.
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