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How Long Or Short Is Life? 生命之长短

Jul. 10 | 佛问沙门:「人命在几间?」… 对曰:「呼吸间。」 佛言:「善哉,子知道矣!」 —《四十二章经》第三十八章 The Buddha asked a Śramaṇa,‘Human life has what duration in between?’…In...

Be Born In Pure Land To Be Without Humans’ 20 Difficulties 生净土而无人二十难

Mar. 12 | From ‘The Sūtra Of 42 Sections’ 12th Section: Raising Of Difficulties For Diligent Cultivation (《佛说四十二章经》之第十二章:举难勤修): ‘The Buddha said, “Humans have 20 difficulties. (佛言:「人有二十难。...

Brightness & Darkness

Feb. 14 | 当明中有暗,勿以暗相遇。当暗中有明,勿以明相睹。明暗各相对,比如前后步。 石头希迁禅师 《参同契》 When in brightness within, there is darkness,but do not with darkness meet it.When in darkness...

Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Eight Great Beings’ Realisations《佛说八大人觉经》  

Feb. 13 | By Later Hàn Dynasty’s Parthian Empire’s Tripiṭaka Dharma Master Ān Shìgāo Translated [Into Chinese] (后汉安息国三藏安世高译): As the Buddha’s disciples, they should constantly in day and...

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One Same Buddha-Nature 同一佛性

Jan. 17 | 我肉众生肉,名殊体不殊,原同一种性,只是別形躯。 — 宋黄庭坚 My flesh and other sentient beings’ flesh,have names different but essence not different,originally with the same one kind of nature,only with other...

Natural Joy

Nov. 15 | For a person free from remorse, there is no need for an act of will, ‘May joy arise in me.’ It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.  – The Buddha(Cetana Sutta) 

Four Great Vows 四弘誓愿

Jan. 29 | 众生无边誓愿度。 烦恼无尽誓愿断。 法门无量誓愿学。 佛道无上誓愿成。 [Of] sentient beings [who are] boundless,   [I] vow [to] deliver [them all]. [Of] afflictions [that are] inexhaustible,   [I] vow [to] sever [them all]. [Of]...

Cultivate & Uphold Faithful Understanding 修持信解

Jan. 23 | 诸善男子, 汝等当信解 如来诚谛之语。 复告大众, 汝等当信解 如来诚谛之语。 又复告诸大众, 汝等当信解 如来诚谛之语。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《妙法莲华经》 (如来寿量品) ‘All good men...

See All Kindly

Dec. 26 | 大慈视一切, 怨亲等无异。 一切有识类, 咸皆知此事。 – 大智度论 (龙树菩萨) [With] great loving-kindness see all [beings], [with] enemies [and] close ones equally without difference. [Of] all kinds [of beings] with...

Hell, Heaven, Liberation

Dec. 12 | Those who have ignorance will engage in bad karma and go to hell. Those who have ignorance will create good karma and go to heaven. Those who are wise will go beyond karma, and attain liberation.* – Chandrakirti * By progressing towards purity, swiftest...

Four Seeds To Guard

Dec. 4 | 若不去淫,断一切清净种; 若不去酒,断一切智慧种; 若不去盗,断一切福德种; 若不去肉,断一切慈悲种。 – 净土宗六祖永明大师 《永明延寿禅师全书》 If not departing from lust, this severs...

Should We Offer Food Even Long After Departure?

Nov. 27 | Question: When offering food during Qingming season and such, many will say aloud – ‘May so-and-so to come and eat.’ Is this right?  Answer: There is no need to call anyone by name. Simply offering the food with the clear intention along...

Contentment For Peace & Bliss

Nov. 19 | 知足之人,虽卧地上,犹为安乐; 不知足者,虽处天堂,亦不称意。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《佛遗教经》 Those who know contentment, although lying on the ground, nevertheless have peace and bliss. Those who not know contentment, although...

Verses On Stupas

Nov. 8 | 见佛塔时,当愿众生, 尊重如塔,受天人供。 When seeing Buddhist stupas,¹ [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [attain] deep respect like [the] stupas [do], receiving heavenly [and] human beings’ offerings.’² 敬心观塔,当愿众生, 诸天及人,所共瞻仰。 [With]...
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