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Is Dying Younger More Unfortunate?

Better than a hundred yearsin the life of a person who is idle and inactive,is a day in the life of onewho makes a zealous and strenuous effort.— The Buddha(Dhammapada Verse 112)  Is dying younger...

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How To Reduce Lust 如何减少淫欲

必使淫机,身心俱断,断性亦无,于佛菩提,斯可希冀。— 释迦牟尼佛《楞严经》清净明诲章If enabling sexual conduct’s intention,in body and mind to be together severed,also without the nature of severance,then of the Buddha’s...

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With Wives And Children, More Trapped Than Those In Prisons 妻子甚狱

人系于妻子舍宅,甚于牢狱。 牢狱有散释之期,妻子无远离之念。 情爱于色,豈惮驱驰? 虽有虎口之患,心存甘伏。 投泥自溺,故曰凡夫。 透得此门,出尘罗汉。 — 释迦牟尼佛 《四十二章经》: 第二十三章 People bound to their wives, children and homes, are more trapped than those in prisons. Prisons...

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Desires’ Fire Burns Oneself 色欲障道

爱欲之人,犹如执炬, 逆风而行,必有烧手之患。 — 释迦牟尼佛 《四十二章经》: 第二十四章 Of people with attachments and desires, they are like those holding torches, against the wind then walking, who definitely will have the suffering of...

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The Mind Like A Wild Horse Should Not Be Indulged 意马莫纵

慎勿信汝意,汝意不可信。慎勿与色会,色会即祸生。得阿罗汉已,乃可信汝意。— 释迦牟尼佛《四十二章经》: 第二十八章 Be cautious not to believe your mind, as your mind cannot be believed. Be cautious not to with lust meet, as with lust met, then will...

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Right Contemplation To Resist Lust 正观敌色

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》: 第二十九章 Be cautious not to ee females’ forms, also not with them together speaking. If with those speaking...

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Right Contemplation To Resist Lust 正观敌色

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》: 第二十九章 Be cautious not to see females’ forms, also not with them together speaking. If with those speaking...

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With The Mind Still Are Desires Eradicated 心寂欲除

有人患淫不止,欲自除阴。佛谓之曰:『若断其阴,不如断心。心如功曹,功曹若止,从者都息。邪心不止,断阴何益?』佛为说偈:『 欲生于汝意,意以思想生。二心各寂静,非色亦非行。』佛言:『此偈是迦叶佛说。』— 释迦牟尼佛《四十二章经》: 第三十一章 There was a person who suffered from lust unceasingly, who desired to self...

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How Long Or Short Is Life? 生命之长短

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 reply said,‘That of breathing out...

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Brightness & Darkness

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 within, there is brightness,but do not with...

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One Same Buddha-Nature 同一佛性

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 shapes and...

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Natural Joy

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...

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Four Great Vows 四弘誓愿

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]...

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Cultivate & Uphold Faithful Understanding 修持信解

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 [and women], you [and all] others should believe [and] understand [the] Tathāgata’s...

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See All Kindly

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 consciousness...

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Hell, Heaven, Liberation

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.* –...

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Four Seeds To Guard

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 all seeds of purity. If not departing from alcohol, this severs all seeds of wisdom...

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Contentment For Peace & Bliss

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 in heavens, also...

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Verses On Stupas

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...

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Verses On Buddhas

若得见佛,当愿众生, 得无碍眼,见一切佛。 谛观佛时,当愿众生, 皆如普贤,端正严好。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第130-131偈) If attaining sight [of a] Buddha,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain [the] unobstructed [Buddha] eye,** [to] see all...

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Verses On Summer

盛暑炎毒,当愿众生, 舍离众恼,一切皆尽。 暑退凉初,当愿众生, 证无上法,究竟清凉。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第127-128偈) [During] sweltering summer’s* fierce heat, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, renounce and depart from all...

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Verses On Water

洗浴身体,当愿众生, 身心无垢,内外光洁。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第126偈) Washing and bathing the body, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ bodies and minds be without defilements,* [with] inside and outside bright and...

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Verse On Chanting

讽诵经时, 当愿众生, 顺佛所说, 总持不忘。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第129偈) When chanting sūtras, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, accord with [the] Buddha[‘s teachings] as said, totally retaining* [and] not...

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Verse On Wisdom

若入水时, 当愿众生, 入一切智, 知三世等。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第125偈) If entering water, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, enter the [ocean of] all[-knowing] wisdom,* to know [everything in the] three periods**...

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Is Lab-Grown Meat Ethical?

Question: Is lab-grown meat (i.e. cultured meat; clean meat; in vitro meat) ethical from the Buddhist perspective? Answer: It must be noted that starter cells from animals are used in the initial...

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Verse On Departure

从舍出时, 当愿众生, 深入佛智, 永出三界。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第124偈) [When] from a dwelling coming out, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, deeply enter the Buddha’s [sea of] wisdom, to forever depart from the...

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Verse On Dharma-Speaking

若说法时, 当愿众生, 得无尽辩, 广宣法要。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第123偈) If speaking the Dharma,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain inexhaustible eloquence, to widely proclaim the Dharma’s essentials.’ –...

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Verses On Eating

若饭食时,当愿众生, 禅悦为食,法喜充满。 若受味时,当愿众生, 得佛上味,甘露满足。 饭食已讫,当愿众生, 所作皆办,具诸佛法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第120-122偈) If eating meals, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [have] meditative bliss as food, [with] Dharma joy...

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Verses On Food (2)

得柔软食,当愿众生, 大悲所熏,心意柔软。 得粗涩食,当愿众生, 心无染著,绝世贪爱。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第118-119偈) Attaining tender and soft food, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [by] great compassion as permeated, [have] minds that are...

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Verses On Food (1)

若得美食,当愿众生, 满足其愿,心无羡欲。 得不美食,当愿众生, 莫不获得,诸三昧味。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第116-117偈) If attaining delicious food, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, fulfil their aspirations,* [with] minds without envious...

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Verses On Moral Shame

见惭耻人,当愿众生, 具惭耻行,藏护诸根。 见无惭耻,当愿众生, 舍离无惭,住大慈道。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第114-115偈) Seeing those with [moral] shame, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [be] complete with [moral] shame [in their] practice...

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The Three Bodies Of Buddhas

Everything the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do and not do are expressions of perfect compassion for all. – Shilashanti The Buddhas are described as having three bodies (Trikāya 三身) or aspects of...

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Verses On Reverent Respect

若得恭敬,当愿众生, 恭敬修行,一切佛法。 不得恭敬,当愿众生, 不行一切,不善之法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第112-113偈) If attaining reverent respect, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [have] reverent respect for cultivating practice, [of] all...

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Verses On Almsbowls

若见空钵,当愿众生, 其心清净,空无烦恼。 若见满钵,当愿众生, 具足成满,一切善法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第110-111偈) If seeing empty almsbowls, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, their minds be [clear and] pure, empty [of and] without...

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Verses On Giving

见不舍人,当愿众生, 常不舍离,胜功德法。 见能舍人,当愿众生, 永得舍离,三恶道苦。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第108-109偈) Seeing those not willing to give, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, always never renounce or depart, [from the] supremely...

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Verses On Almsfood

入里乞食,当愿众生, 入深法界,心无障碍。 到人门户,当愿众生, 入于一切,佛法之门。 入其家已,当愿众生, 得入佛乘,三世平等。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第105-107偈) Entering villages to request [alms]food, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, enter the profound...

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Verse On Hermitages

见处林薮, 当愿众生, 应为天人, 之所叹仰。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第104偈) Seeing [those] residing in forest hermitages, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, be worthy of heavenly [and] human beings’ praise and respect...

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Verses On Vices Vs Virtues

若见城廓,当愿众生, 得坚固身,心无所屈。 若见王都,当愿众生, 功德共聚,心恒喜乐。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第102-103偈) If seeing city walls, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain firm* bodies, [and] minds without [any] crookedness.’** If...

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Verse On Dharma Kings & Princes

若见于王,当愿众生, 得为法王,恒转正法。 若见王子,当愿众生, 从法化生,而为佛子。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第98-99偈) If seeing kings, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain as Dharma kings,* [who] constantly turn [the wheel of the] right...

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Verses On Elders & Officials

若见长者,当愿众生, 善能明断,不行恶法。 若见大臣,当愿众生, 恒守正念,习行众善。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第100-101偈) If seeing elders, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, be good at clear judgement,* to not practise evil dharmas.’** If seeing...

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Verse On Livelihood

见正命人, 当愿众生, 得清净命, 不矫威仪。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第97偈) Seeing those with right livelihoods,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain pure livelihoods, [and] not pretend to be awe-inspiring.’** –...

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Verse On Orthodoxy

见论议人, 当愿众生, 于诸异论, 悉能摧伏。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第96偈) Seeing those in debates,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, of all heterodox teachings,** all be able to destroy and subdue them.’*** – Manjusri...

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Verses On Armour

见著甲胄,当愿众生, 常服善铠,趣无师法。 见无铠仗,当愿众生, 永离一切,不善之业。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第94-95偈) Seeing those wearing armour, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, always wear the armour of goodness,* and approach the Dharma...

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Verses On Asceticism & Morality

见苦行人,当愿众生, 依于苦行,至究竟处。 见操行人,当愿众生, 坚持志行,不舍佛道。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第92-93偈) Seeing ascetics, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, rely on ascetic practices,* [to] reach [the] ultimate destination.**’...

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Verses On Sramanas & Brahmins

若见沙门, 当愿众生, 调柔寂静,毕竟第一。 见婆罗门,当愿众生, 永持梵行,离一切恶。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第90-91偈) If seeing Sramanas, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, be harmoniously gentle and tranquil,* ultimately [accomplishing the]...

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Verse On Gratitude

见报恩人,当愿众生, 于佛菩萨,能知恩德。 见背恩人,当愿众生, 于有恶人,不加其报。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第88-89偈) Seeing persons repaying kindness, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, be able to know...

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Always Be Truthful & Disciplined

For your own sake always speak the truth even if it leads to your death or the loss of your sovereignty. Never speak in any other fashion. Devote yourself always to the discipline of acting in accord...

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Verses On Adornment

见严饰人,当愿众生, 三十二相,以为严好。 见无严饰,当愿众生, 舍诸饰好,具头陀行。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第78-79偈) Seeing magnificently adorned persons, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [have the] thirty-two forms,* as [their] excellent...

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Be Not An Animal

畜牲本是人来做, 人畜轮回古到今。 若不披毛并戴角, 劝君休使畜性心。 – 普庵禅师 Animals [including livestock] originally were humans, [who have] become [them, as] humans and animals [are] reborn [as one another from] ancient times till...

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10 Reflections On Repentance

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 (华严经普贤行愿品) Of all my past created evil karma, all by beginningless greed, anger and delusion, from my body, speech and mind as arisen, for all I now express...

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[10] How To Cultivate To Reach Pure Land?

净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014 CE)...

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Verses On Pleasure

见乐著人,当愿众生, 以法自娱,欢爱不舍。 见无乐著,当愿众生, 有为事中,心无所乐。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第80-81偈) Seeing those attached to [sense] pleasures, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, with the Dharma personally [find spiritual]...

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Verses On Joy & Suffering

见欢乐人,当愿众生, 常得安乐,乐供养佛。 见苦恼人,当愿众生, 获根本智,灭除众苦。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第82-83偈) Seeing those who are joyful, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, always attain peace and bliss, [by] joyfully making...

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Beware Of Anti-Dharma Slander

[Do See All 42 Posts] Recently, there is clearly unfounded online slander via a SINGLE source (directly or indirectly) using some fake names, with unknown background, upon one of our editors. This...

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Verse For Lamp-Lighting (点灯偈)

灭除心头火, 提起佛前灯, 愿以大智慧, 照破众无明。 Eradicating the mind’s fires [of greed, hatred and ignorance], lifting up, before the Buddha, [I offer] this lamp, May [I], with great wisdom, illuminate to shatter...

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Verse On Cultivation

若见园苑, 当愿众生, 勤修诸行, 趣佛菩提。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第77偈) If seeing gardens [and] parks, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, diligently cultivate all practices, [for the] aspiration [of the] Buddhas’...

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How Great Bodhisattvas Complete The Six Perfections

念念离行於施。 念念净行於戒。 念念寂行於忍。 念念续行於进。 念念一行於定。 念念佛行於智。 – 净土圣贤录 (袁宏道, 石头居士篇) Thought to thought with Renunciation is practice of Generosity. Thought to thought with Purity is practice of Morality (Precepts)...

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Verse On Sorrow

见无忧林, 当愿众生, 永离贪爱, 不生忧怖。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第76偈) Seeing groves [with trees named] ‘without sorrow’,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, forever depart [from] greedy attachment, [to] not...

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Waters & Motivations

宁动千江水, 不动道人心。 Rather to move a thousand rivers’ waters, never move the pure motivations of practitioners of the spiritual path. – Buddhist Saying

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Verse On Gardens

见修园圃, 当愿众生, 五欲圃中, 耘除爱草。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第75偈) Seeing cultivation of garden plots, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, within the five desires’* garden, weed [to] eradicate attachment’s...

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净土归宿:如何拥有最佳的往生

因为位子有限,必须以简讯报名 (不包住宿) Registration by messaging is compulsory for limited spaces (Lodging is not provided) Pictures & Feedback From Past Runs: Tai Pei Buddhist Centre Than Hsiang Temple (Penang)...

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Verse On Waters

若见流水, 当愿众生, 得善意欲, 洗除惑垢。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第74偈) If seeing flowing waters, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain good intentional desires, [to] wash [away] confusions’ defilements.’ –...

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Verse On Bridges

若见桥道, 当愿众生, 广度一切, 犹如桥梁。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第73偈) If seeing bridge crossings, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, widely deliver all [sentient beings], just as bridges [do].’* – Manjusri Bodhisattva...

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Verse On Springs

若见涌泉, 当愿众生, 方便增长, 善根无尽。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第72偈) If seeing bubbling springs, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ expedient [skilful] means grow, [with] good roots* without exhaustion.’ –...

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Verse On Wells

若见汲井, 当愿众生, 具足辩才, 演一切法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第71偈) If seeing drawing [of water from] wells,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [be] complete [with] eloquence, [to] expound all Dharma [teachings].’ –...

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Verse On Pond

若见池沼, 当愿众生, 语业满足, 巧能演说。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第70偈) If seeing a pond,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ karma of speech be [completely] perfect, [with] skilful ability [in] expounding.’* –...

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Verse On Marsh

若见陂泽, 当愿众生, 疾悟诸佛, 一味之法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第69偈) If seeing a marsh,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, swiftly awaken to all Buddhas’ Dharma of one taste.’* – Manjusri Bodhisattva (Avatamsaka...

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Eat Poo-Poo!

Welcome any tests by others with good will, but test not others with ill spirit. – Stonepeace | Books Kyabje Khunu Lama Rinpoche told His Holiness the Dalai Lama that one time, somebody was sitting...

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Verse On Fruit

若见果实, 当愿众生, 获最胜法, 证菩提道。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第67偈) If seeing a fruit, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain the supreme Dharma, [to[ realise the Bodhi path.’* – Manjusri Bodhisattva (Avatamsaka...

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Verse On Shade

见树叶茂, 当愿众生, 以定解脱, 而为荫映。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第64偈) Seeing a tree’s leaves that are lush, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, with concentration [attain] liberation, and with it [attain] shade...

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Truth Haiku

The truth is not won by a popularity vote; but by the relatively awakened few.* * at any one point in time in non-Pure Lands

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Verse On Thorns

见棘刺树, 当愿众生, 疾得翦除, 三毒之刺。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第63偈) If seeing a thorny tree, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, swiftly be able to cut and eradicate [the] three poisons’* thorns.’ – Manjusri...

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Verse On Peak

若见高山, 当愿众生, 善根超出, 无能至顶。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第62偈) If seeing a high mountain, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ good roots* surpass [it], [to be] unable to reach their peak.’** – Manjusri...

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Be The Master Of Yourself

We choose which version of ourselves to be in each and every moment. – Stonepeace | Books The Zen Master Shiyan seated on a stone in meditation often conversed with himself. ‘Master!’ he...

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Verse On Reverence

若见丛林, 当愿众生, 诸天及人, 所应敬礼。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第61偈) If seeing a forest monastery,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [by] all heavenly and human beings, [be] worthy of reverence and veneration.’** –...

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Why Denounce Precept-Breaking ‘Buddhist Teachers’?

吾般涅槃后, 汝等当恭敬, 波罗提木叉, 即是汝大师。 –《佛所行赞》 (马鸣菩萨著) After my Parinirvāṇa [i.e. of Śākyamuni Buddha], you and others should have reverent respect, for the Prātimokṣa [i.e. list of precepts governing monastic...

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Be Responsible To Criticize Well

The truly kinder and wiser correct the truly deluded, to be truly kinder and wiser. – Stonepeace | Books If one presents the teachings clearly, others benefit. But if someone is supposed to propagate...

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Verse On Patience

若见大柱, 当愿众生, 离我诤心, 无有忿恨。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第60偈) If seeing huge pillars,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, depart from self-centred contentious minds, [to be] without anger and hatred.’** –...

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Verse On Assemblies

若见众会, 当愿众生, 说甚深法, 一切和合。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第59偈) If seeing masses* assembling, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, speak the extremely profound Dharma, [and with] all be harmonious.’** – Manjusri...

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Verse On Dangerous Paths

若见险道, 当愿众生, 住正法界, 离诸罪难。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第58偈) If seeing dangerous paths, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, abide in the realm of right Dharma,* [and] depart from all difficulties from...

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Verse On Dustless Roads

见路无尘, 当愿众生, 常行大悲, 其心润泽。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第57偈) Seeing roads without dust, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, constantly practise great compassion,* [with] their [hearts and] minds moisturised...

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Verse On Dusty Roads

见路多尘, 当愿众生, 远离尘坌, 获清净法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第56偈) Seeing roads with much dust, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, far depart from accumulation of dust,* to obtain the pure Dharma.’ – Manjusri...

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Verse On Straightness

若见直路, 当愿众生, 其心正直, 无谄无诳。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第55偈) If seeing a straight road, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, their minds be upright and straight,* without flattery and without deceit.’ – Manjusri...

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Verse On Walking Down

见趣下路, 当愿众生, 其心谦下, 长佛善根。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第53偈) [When] seeing downward declining roads, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, their minds [be] humble [to those] below,* [as they] grow the...

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Of Sumeru, Moon & Sutras

To the truly foolish, the wise are foolish. To the truly wise, the foolish are foolish. – Stonepeace | Books XI I see a lot of silly folks who claim their own small spine’s Sumeru, the sacred...

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Verse On High Roads

见升高路, 当愿众生, 永出三界, 心无怯弱。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第52偈) [When] seeing high rises on the road, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, forever exit [from the] three spheres,* [with] minds without timidity.’** –...

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Surprise Haiku

If you are not surprised by what you ‘realised’, you are not enlightened yet. (Enlightenment is always surprising as it is the realisation of life-changing truths that were so obvious...

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Verse On Path 2

若在于道, 当愿众生, 能行佛道, 向无余法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第50偈) If [travelling] on a path, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [be] able to practise the Buddha’s path,* towards [realisation of] remainderless...

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Six Faults

The proud will never be pleased. The jealous will never be happy. The greedy will never be satisfied. The hateful will never be reconciled. The stingy will never have enough. The ignorant will never...

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Verse On Path

发趾向道, 当愿众生, 趣佛所行, 入无依处。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第49偈) Setting foot upon, to go towards the path,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [be] inclined [towards the] Buddha’s practices,** enter the...

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From Ordinary To Enlightened Love

The path to full enlightenment is to learn how to love all beings fully, with full compassion and wisdom. – Stonepeace | Books Ordinary love is based and mixed with attachment. Like other afflicted...

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How Regret Can Be Good (Or Bad)

Always regret evil done and good not done. Never regret good done and evil not done. – Stonepeace | Books In Buddhism, regret is not guilt. Guilt is an ego-driven emotion and as such is always non...

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True Liberation

He who cling to emptiness And neglects compassion, Does not reach the highest stage. But he who practices only compassion, Does not gain release from toils of existence. He, however, who is strong in...

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Verse On Purification

以水盥掌, 当愿众生, 得清净手, 受持佛法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第45偈) With water washing the palms, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain pure hands,* [for] receiving and upholding the Buddhadharma.’** – Manjusri...

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Verse For Washing

洗涤形秽, 当愿众生, 清净调柔, 毕竟无垢。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品: 第44偈) [When] washing [to cleanse the] body’s dirt, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [be] pure with gentle harmony,* ultimately without...

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Verse On Advancement

事讫就水, 当愿众生, 出世法中, 速疾而往。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第43偈) [When (toileting)] matters are finished [and] using water, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [to the] transcendental Dharma within, swiftly...

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Why Do Good Now Instead Of Later?

If it is surely good to do good, it is surely better to do better now than later, which might be too late. – Stonepeace | Books The king [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, “Suppose a man were to do good...

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Verse On Grade

著僧伽梨, 当愿众生, 入第一位, 得不动法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第39偈) [When] wearing the sanghati,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings enter the foremost grade,** attaining the unmoving Dharma.***’ – Manjusri Bodhisattva...

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The Buddha Is All-Knowing

The severely deluded mistaken their knowing of a few things as being fully enlightened, to be knowing of everything. – Stonepeace | Books The King [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, ‘Does the...

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Where Did This Anger Come From?

Beyond appreciating truth by reading texts, realise truth by facing reality too. – Stonepeace | Books Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He called upon...

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Verse On Exit

若举于足, 当愿众生, 出生死海, 具众善法。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第35偈) If raising [your] foot, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings exit [from the] sea [of] birth [and] death,* [to be] complete [with] many good Dharma...

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Verse On Seat

  舍跏趺坐, 当愿众生, 观诸行法, 悉归散灭。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第33偈) [When] giving up [the] lotus posture’s seat,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings contemplate [that] all practice methods,**...

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Verse On Good Roots

整衣束带, 当愿众生, 检束善根, 不令散失。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第37偈) [When] straightening clothes [and] belt, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings examine and collect [their] good roots,* not causing [them to be]...

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First Class Devils For Sale

Even the shortest path requires some diligence to complete walking it. – Stonepeace | Books One day a fellow was strolling through the marketplace when he came to a stall that said, “For Sale:...

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Where Are You Going? 

Do you know who you are, why you are going where, what you are going there for,  how you will get there, and when? – Stonepeace | Books Zen teachers train their young pupils to express themselves...

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Verse On Concentration

修行于定, 当愿众生, 以定伏心, 究竟无余。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第31偈) [When] cultivating practice of concentration,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ with concentration subdue [their] minds,**...

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The Snow Does Not Fall Elsewhere

There is no fairness; there is only karma. There is no unfairness; there is only karma. – Stonepeace | Books One winter day, while Pang was leaving the monastery of Master Yao Shan, some young...

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Why Slander Of Pure Land Teachings Is Especially Grave

… 东[/南/西/北/下/上]方世界,有… 佛, 如是等恒河沙数诸佛… 说诚实言: 汝等众生,当信是称赞不可思议功德, 一切诸佛所护念经。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (阿弥陀经; 一切诸佛所护念经) … [I]n the eastern [/ southern/ western/ northern/ below/ above]...

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Verse On Firmness

结跏趺坐, 当愿众生, 善根坚固, 得不动地。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第30偈) [When in the] lotus posture* seated, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ good roots** [be] firm and strong, [to] attain [the]...

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Karma Haiku

Your make or break your own day, with your past karma mixed with present attitude and action, (which creates new karma).

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Verse On Entering Hall

若入堂宇, 当愿众生, 升无上堂, 安住不动。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第27偈) If entering Buddha [and sutra] halls, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings rise [to enter the] unsurpassable hall,* [to] peacefully abide...

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Rock Haiku

Particles gather more particles to form the third rock from the sun, whose rocks now grind to be particles.

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Verse On Complete Precepts

受具足戒, 当愿众生, 具诸方便, 得最胜法。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第26偈) [When] receiving [the] complete precepts,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [be] complete [with] all expedient means,** [to] attain...

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Great Ease Of Coming & Going

If you cannot control your passing, you could not control your coming. if you cannot fully control your death, you cannot fully control your life. – Stonepeace | Books Once the Chinese Emperor Mu...

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Verse On Non-Attachment

受和尚教, 当愿众生, 入无生智, 到无依处。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第25偈) [When] receiving guiding teachers’* teachings, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings enter [the] wisdom [of] non-birth, ** [to] reach...

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Verse On Behaviour

受阇梨教, 当愿众生, 具足威仪, 所行真实。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品11: 第24偈) When receiving acharyas’* teachings [of precepts], [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [be] complete [with] excellent behaviour,**...

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Verse On Precepts

受学戒时, 当愿众生, 善学于戒, 不作众恶。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第23偈) When receiving [and] learning precepts,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings virtuously learn [the] precepts, [to] not do all evils...

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Wisdom Haiku

May all beings give rise to wisdom to guide one another to Pure Land, where they will perfect their wisdom.

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Verse On Refuge In Sangha

自归于僧, 当愿众生, 统理大众, 一切无碍。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第22偈) Personally taking refuge in the Sangha,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings harmoniously guide [the] great assembly,** all without...

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Verse On Refuge In Buddhas

  自归于佛, 当愿众生, 绍隆佛种, 发无上意。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品11: 第20偈) Personally taking refuge [in the] Buddha[s], [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings perpetuate magnificence [of their] Buddha seeds,*...

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Verse On Renunciation (2)

正出家时, 当愿众生, 同佛出家, 救护一切。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品11: 第19偈) Just when renouncing household [life],* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, like the Buddha, renounce [their] household [lives],** to save...

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Verse On Wearing Robes

著袈裟衣, 当愿众生, 心无所染, 具大仙道。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品11: 第18偈) When wearing the kasaya clothing,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ minds be without any defilements,** [with] completing the path...

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Good Haiku

A good poem is good for all, not for one only. ___ A good poem is not vain, or it would be in vain. ___ A good poem is good for all time, not for one moment only.

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Verse On Shaving

剃除须发, 当愿众生, 永离烦恼, 究竟寂灭。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第17偈) When shaving to remove beard and hair,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, forever depart from afflictions,** [and attain] ultimate...

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Worry Haiku

‘Do you never worry?’ ‘Would it help?’ *Surprised silent reflection* (Dialogue from movie ‘Bridge Of Spies’)

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Verse On Changing Clothes

脱去俗服, 当愿众生, 勤修善根, 舍诸罪轭。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第16偈) When taking off worldly clothes,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, diligently cultivate good roots,** renounce all obstructive...

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Verse On Speedy Spiritual Progress

求请出家, 当愿众生, 得不退法, 心无障碍。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品11: 第15偈) When requesting to renounce household life,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain the non-retrogressible Dharma,** with minds without...

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Verse On Teachers

诣大小师, 当愿众生, 巧事师长, 习行善法。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第14偈) When visiting senior and junior teachers, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, skilfully serve their teachers and seniors, and practise the...

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Verse On Dharma Harmony

入僧伽蓝, 当愿众生, 演说种种, 无乖诤法。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第13偈) When entering samgharamas,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, expound on all kinds of Dharma teachings without disharmony and contention...

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Verse On Renunciation (1)

舍居家时, 当愿众生, 出家无碍, 心得解脱。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品11: 第12偈) When renouncing living with families, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, depart from their families without obstacles,* [with their] minds...

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Verse On Difficulties

若在厄难, 当愿众生, 随意自在, 所行无碍。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第11偈) If with adversities and difficulties, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, according [to their] wishes* be at ease, [in] that practised...

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Verse On Gathering

众会聚集, 当愿众生, 舍众聚法, 成一切智。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第10偈) [When] multitudes meet and gather, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, renounce the many gathered dharmas,* [and] accomplish all-wisdom...

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Verse On Giving

  若有所施, 当愿众生, 一切能舍, 心无爱着。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第9偈) If there is that given, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [of] everything* [be] able [to] renounce, [with their] minds without...

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Verse On Rising Up

上升楼阁, 当愿众生, 升正法楼, 彻见一切。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品11: 第8偈) When rising up in towers, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, rise in the tower of true Dharma,* [to] thoroughly see all [truths].’** –...

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Verse On Adornment

着璎珞时, 当愿众生, 舍诸伪饰, 到真实处。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第7偈) When wearing [a] necklace, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, renounce all false adornments,* [and] reach the abode of truth.’** –...

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Verse On Entrance

若在宫室, 当愿众生, 入於圣地, 永除秽欲。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第6偈) If in [a] house,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings enter of sacred ground,** [and] forever eradicate defiled desires.’*** –...

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Verse On Entertainment

伎乐聚会, 当愿众生, 以法自娱, 了伎非实。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第5偈) With music [and dance] at gatherings, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, with [the] Dharma personally enjoy,* realising [that other]...

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Fly Haiku

Where there’s people, there’s flies and Buddhas. – Issa hito areba hae ari hotoke ari ni keri

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Verse On Peaceful Tranquillity

若得五欲, 当愿众生, 拔除欲箭, 究竟安隐。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第4偈) If attaining the five desires,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings eradicate desires’ arrow, [and attain] unsurpassable peaceful...

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Verse On Equanimous Care

妻子集会, 当愿众生, 怨亲平等, 永离贪著。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第3偈) [When] wife and children gather, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ enemies [and] relatives equally, forever renounce greedy...

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Verse On Full Filiality

孝事父母, 当愿众生, 善事于佛, 护养一切。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第2偈) [With] filiality serving [one’s] father [and] mother, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [with goodness skilfully] attend upon [all]...

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The Parable Of Me & Mine

If even our strongest worldly attachments we too will lose attachment to later, why be so attached to them now? – Stonepeace | Books Some children were playing beside a river. They made castles of...

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Family Verse For Laypeople

菩萨在家, 当愿众生, 知家性空, 免其逼迫。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第1偈) Bodhisattvas at home [who are laypeople], [should reflect that] ‘May sentient beings know their families’ [and homes’] nature to...

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Contemplation Verse When Standing

下足住时, 当愿众生, 心得解脱, 安住不动。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第34偈) When lowering [your] foot [to] stand, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ minds attain liberation [from suffering], [to] peacefully...

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Away With The Dirt!

If clearing outer dirt does not remind you to clear your inner dirt, your cleaning is incomplete. – Stonepeace | Books Two brothers once lived in the city of Rajagaha in ancient India. Their names...

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Letters

How To Pray For Non-Buddhists?

Question: How do we pray for old family members with different faiths? Can we pray for them in a Buddhist way, though everyone’s karmic inclinations are different? Answer: Everyone has...

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How To Handle Workplace Negativity?

Question: How can one deal with negative and insecure gossipmonger colleagues? Answer: One way is to engage but steer them in another direction, towards making them think of proactive solutions for...

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Haikus

Trust Haiku

Trusting the Buddha (Amida), good and bad, I bid farewell To the departing year. – Kobayashi Issa (ともかくもあなたまかせの年の暮 tomokaku mo anata makase no toshi no kure) – Translated By D.T. Suzuki

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Precious Precepts

应护佛戒, 如念一子, 如事父母, 不可毁破。 – 梵网经(释迦牟尼佛) [One] should protect [the] Buddha’s precepts, like mindfulness [of] an [only] child, like caring [for one’s] father and mother, [they] should not [be]...

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Will Nana The Tiger Learn?

Never regret good done; only regret not knowing how to better do good. – Stonepeace | Books Once upon a time there was a man who one day was pursued by a ferocious tiger named Nana. To escape from...

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Trek Haikus

Part I Looking down too much At the rocky path I walk, My head strikes a branch. Part II Looking up too much At the scenery around, My foot trips a bit. Part III Pause some, to appreciate, Be still...

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Be Kind To Be Happy

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama Many studies have shown a link between happiness and kindness. When we...

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Change You Can & Change You Should

As we decide how we change, we are responsible for who we change into. Stonepeace | Books Despite my limited experience, I am convinced that with regular training, it is quite possible to transform...

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Boundless Blessings Of Joyful Helping

佛言:「睹人施道,助之欢喜,得福甚大。」 沙门问曰:「此福尽乎?」 佛言:「譬如一炬之火,数千百人各以炬来分取,熟食除冥,此炬如故,福亦如之。」 – 四十二章经:第十章 (释迦牟尼佛) The Buddha said, ‘Seeing one on the path of giving, and helping him [or her] joyfully, attains...

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Mind Like Space

Mind is like space, without birth and death. Like space, mind has no centre or periphery. Like space, mind is not bound or liberated.* Like space, mind has neither high nor low. – Last Words Of...

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Coming, Staying & Going

At the beginning nothing comes, in the middle nothing stays, in the end nothing goes.* – Milarepa * When starting Dharma practice, nothing seems to change. Later, changes occur but are unstable. When...

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Shabkar’s Song Of Compassion

Compassion is the root of the Buddha path. – Nagarjuna Now I have some heart-advice to give you: a sky needs a sun, a mother needs a child, a bird needs two wings. Likewise, emptiness [which is the...

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How Our Dualistic Minds Torment Us

Peace of mind arises from not seeing through the tainted lenses of deluded attachment and aversion. Stonepeace | Books Alas! If we observe how this lost mind works, When it is happy, it becomes...

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Become The Best You Can Be

Know not your greatest potential and actualise not your greatest potential. Know your greatest potential and actualise your greatest potential. Stonepeace | Books The first step for someone who...

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Twin Wings

Even the eagle, king of birds, cannot fly if he is missing a wing. Many find the wing ‘perception of emptiness’, But only those who have also the wing of Bodhicitta Fly to the omniscient...

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Sutra With All Buddhas’ Mindful Protection

汝等众生, 当信是称赞 不可思议功德, 一切诸佛所护念经。 – 六方诸佛诚实言   (阿弥陀经) You and other beings, should have faith in this ‘Sutra With Praises Of Inconceivable Meritorious Virtues And All Buddhas’ Mindful...

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World Of Words

The whole world is tormented by words And there is no one who does without words. But in so far as one is free from words Does one really understand words. – Saraha (Treasury Of Songs)

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Cause Of Buddhahood

If you aspire to Buddhahood,¹ the root of it is Bodhicitta² as firm as Mount Sumeru,³ all-pervasive compassion⁴ and non-dual wisdom.⁵ – Nagarjuna Bodhisattva (Ratnamala) 1 Supreme enlightenment 2...

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Be A Good Friend

Greet them with the flag of generosity, Appeal to them with gentle speech, Inspire their confidence by acting with consistency, Attune yourself to them and give them perfect advice. – Gyalse Ngulchu...

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Foremost Path To Buddhahood

都摄六根, 净念相继, 得三摩地, 斯为第一。 To gather in the six [sense] roots, with pure [Buddha] mindfulness in continuous succession, to attain samādhi, this is the foremost method [to Buddhahood]. –...

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How To See Buddha

若众生心, 忆佛念佛, 现前当来, 必定见佛。 If sentient beings’ minds recollect the Buddha [Amitābha], and are mindful of the Buddha, now or in the future, they will definitely see the Buddha. – 楞严经大势至菩萨念佛圆通章...

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Who Buddhas Are Mindful Of

十方如来, 怜念众生, 如母忆子。 若子逃逝, 虽忆何为? The ten directions’ [Buddhas] Tathāgatas are sympathetically mindful of sentient beings, like a mother recollecting her child. [But] if the child runs away, although...

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Well-Being Haikus

Due to suffering, You want to have more well-being – But what is it for? ___ Due to your well-being, Why not aspire for more – To help others too? ___ Personal well-being Should transcend...

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Circle Haiku

Going in circles, what would be the point of it? There is just no point! ___ Gather momentum To go off tangent – Use it to break free!

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Quotes

Pure Precepts

若持净戒顺正教, 诸佛贤圣所赞叹, 戒是无上菩提本, 应当具足持净戒。 – 华严经 If upholding the pure precepts [of morality] to comply with the true teachings, [which] all Buddhas and virtuous sages praise, [as] precepts...

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Which Day Is Auspicious?

Evil done on an ‘auspicious’ day is always ill-fated. Good done on an ‘inauspicious’ day is always blessed. People create fortune and misfortune, not the calendar. –...

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Letters

Why Are There No Souls?

Question: How should Buddhists explain why we do not believe in the existence of ‘souls’? Answer: According to the Buddha’s teachings, there are no unchanging mental or physical...

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How Best To Learn From All

看一切众生 皆是菩萨, 唯我一人 实是凡夫。 See all sentient beings each as a Bodhisattva, [from whom I always have much to learn], and only me, a single person, as a truly ordinary being. – Great Master Yinguang...

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One Dharma

是诸世尊等, 皆说一乘法, 化无量众生, 令入于佛道。 All World-Honoured Ones [Buddhas], Each speak Dharma of the One Vehicle [Ekayana], To transform immeasurable sentient beings, For enabling entry of the Buddha path [to...

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Doing As Pleased

随缘谓应众生 之缘而施教化, 非一切皆随便。 To ‘accord with conditions’ means to comply with sentient beings’ conditions for giving transformational teachings; not to ‘do as pleased’ for...

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Dharma Gift Packets

‘The Dharma gift packets are really very well designed and the words are truly meaningful. Great thanks for initiating it and sharing with us. It’s too nice to part with them. Will find a...

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Dedication Of Merits

回向偈 Verse For Dedication Of Merits 愿以此功德,   May I, with these meritorious virtues, 普及以一切。Universally dedicate them to all. 我与等众生,   May I, with other sentient beings, 皆共成佛道。All together accomplish...

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From Mindfulness To Buddhahood

常生大乘善信, 自知我是未成之佛, 诸佛是已成之佛, 发菩提心, 念念不去心。 – 释迦牟尼佛    (梵网经) Constantly giving rise to good faith in the Great Vehicle [for delivering one and all to Buddhahood], personally know that I am [you...

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Buddha & Self

念佛非念我, 念我非念佛. Mindfulness of Buddha is not mindfulness of self. Mindfulness of self is not mindfulness of Buddha. – Stonepeace | Get Books (To be truly mindful of Buddha, one should not be...

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Right Path

宁可千年不悟, 不可一日错路。 Rather to, in one thousand years, not awaken, never to, in one day, take the wrong path.* – Buddhist Saying * This is so as following a wrong teaching can lead one astray for a...

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Haikus

Rebirth Haiku

Life after life Year after year Month after month ___ Week after week Day after day Hour after hour ___ Minute after minute Second after second Now after now

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Mind Moon

My mind’s the autumn moon, shining in the blue-green pool, reflecting glistening, clear and pure… There’s nothing to compare it to, what else can I say? – Master Hanshan

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Six Precepts

There are in essence three precepts for liberation of oneself. One should restrain and rid the three poisons of attachment, aversion and delusion. There are in essence three precepts for liberation...

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Nuturing The Bodhi Seed

欲长菩提苗, 光明照世间, 应当静观察, 诸法真实相, 不生亦不灭, 不常复不断, 不一亦不异, 不来亦不去. – 梵网经 (释迦牟尼佛) Wishing to nurture the Bodhi seedling [for Buddhahood], to have the bright light [of wisdom] illuminating the world, one...

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Purification Gem

清珠投于浊水, 浊水不得不清; 佛号投于乱心, 乱心不得不佛。 When a purification gem is cast into defiled water, the defiled water has no way not to purify. When Amituofo’s name is cast into the scattered mind, the...

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Why We Should Vow To Reach Pure Land

若有众生,If there are beings 闻是说者,who hear this [teaching], 应当发愿,they should vow [aspire] 生彼国土。to be born in that land. – 阿弥陀经 (释迦牟尼佛) Amitā[bha] Sūtra (Śākyamuni Buddha) Amitā[bha] Sūtra...

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Letters

Are The Enlightened Around Us Now?

Question: During the Buddha’s time, there are many who become Arhats and Bodhisattvas. Today, we do not hear of anyone becoming enlightened. If they are around, yet not revealing themselves...

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Self-Delusion

一切邪执, 皆依我见, 若离于我, 则无邪执。 – 禅宗十二祖马鸣菩萨 (大乘起信论)  Of all evil attachments, each rely on self-view. If departing from self, thus are there no evil attachments. – 12th Patriarch Of The Chan...

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Dharma Essentials

学佛四要:  Dharma-Learning’s Four Essentials: 持戒为本   Uphold Precepts as foundation, 净土为归   Pure Land as refuge, 观心为要   Contemplation of mind as essence, 善友为依   Good friends as reliance. –...

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What Kind Of Pot Are You?

May we receive the good and pure. May we not reject the good and pure. May we not defile the good and pure. May we become the good and pure. – Stonepeace | Books When we listen to the sublime...

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Infinity Haiku

Infinitely boring with their same old ‘substance’ of emptiness. ___ Infinitely interesting with its infinite manifestations of forms.

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This Moment

Don’t miss this moment now [while it is still here] but don’t miss this moment later [when it is no longer here] too. – Stonepeace | Books

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Make A Difference

Make a difference to the world even if the world is indifferent, because it makes a difference – at least to you, in trying your best. – Stonepeace | Books

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Your Best Ally

Your greatest spiritual challenge is your personal Mara but you have a greater spiritual ally which is your Buddha-nature. – Stonepeace | Get Books

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Death Poem

If people ask about Ryokan’s death poem, tell them it was ‘Homage to Amitabha Buddha.’ – Zen Master Ryokan

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Crossroads

If you follow the original vows of Amitabha Buddha, you will no longer be lost at the crossroads. – Zen Master Ryokan

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Tolerance Haiku

If you tolerate intolerance, are you truly being tolerant, or supporting the intolerant? (Could you tolerate yourself? Is this a paradox?)

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Zines

LIGHT Issue 3

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Seeing Falling Snow

The enlightened truly see what they see. The unenlightened falsely see what they see. – Stonepeace | Get Books When the Layman [Pang Yun] decided to leave Yueh-shan’s temple, Yueh-shan...

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Faults

Highlight others’ faults without naming them to help them see and overcome them, while giving leeway. Highlight others’ faults while naming them to help them see and overcome them, only...

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Protection & Harm

Create only positive karma, as your positive karma is what truly protects you. Create no negative karma, as your negative karma is what truly harms you. – Stonepeace | Get Books

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Gratitude & Apology

Thank to encourage others for their goodness, which is good for you too. ___ Apologise to repent for your mistakes, which is good for others too.

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LIGHT Issue 2

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Better To Observe Precepts

持戒不犯不易, 犯戒能忏即可。 戒不持更易犯, 不如持戒少犯。 To observe precepts without breaking them is not easy, but having broken them, one can practise repentance. Since to not observe precepts is easier to break them, one...

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Constructive Criticism

To be critical that another is critical is to be critical too. What matters is why you are critical – to better or to worsen. – Stonepeace | Get Books

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Meat Eating & Violence Towards Humans

千百年来碗里羹, 怨深似海恨难平, 预知世上刀兵劫, 但听屠门夜半声。 That there is a casual relationship between the cruelty, torture, and death of human beings and the ongoing slaughter of millions of pigs, cows, fowl, and sheep...

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LIGHT Issue 1

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[8] How Is Pure Land Reached With Ten Thoughts?

净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014 CE)...

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Compassion Is Essential

诸佛如来, 以大悲心, 而为体故。 All Buddha Tathagatas, are with the heart of great compassion, as their essence. 因于众生, 而起大悲。 因于大悲, 生菩提心。 因菩提心, 成等正觉。 Due to sentient beings, they gave rise to great compassion. Due...

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[6] How Is There Non-Retrogression In Pure Land?

净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014 CE)...

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A Matter Of Life & Death

Although life continues in this moment, it can discontinue in the next too. As such, it is just as important to learn to die well, as it is to live well. – Stonepeace | Get Books Related Course:...

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[5] How Can Ordinary Beings Reach Pure Land?

净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014 CE)...

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Conscience

In moral arguments, true victory is when you win the rediscovery of your conscience. In moral arguments, true defeat is when you defend the loss of your conscience. – Stonepeace | Get Books

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Forgiveness

If you have to apologise repeatedly over the same issue, you were not apologetic even once. If you have to forgive repeatedly over the same issue, you did not forgive even once. – Stonepeace | Get...

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[1] Do Pure Land Aspirants Forsake Other Beings?

净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014 CE)...

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A Brief Introduction Of Pure Land

诸佛念念念众生, 劝请诸众念念佛。 All Buddhas, who are mindful of all beings from thought to thought, urge and invite all beings to be mindful of Amituofo from thought to thought. – Stonepeace (From the new...

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Are The Animals You Eat Blessed?

Bodhisattvas who crave the taste of meat weaken their compassion. They should abstain! – Vajradhara Reting Trichen It is sometimes said that when practitioners of the Dharma and especially of...

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Why Drink More Salt Water?

Sensual pleasure are like salt water: The more you indulge, the more thirst increases. Abandon at once those things which breed clinging attachment. This is the practice of bodhisattvas. –...

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Phone Haiku

If you have the power to call anyone at any time, what would you say? (You already have this power. Why not use it meaningfully now? What holds you back?)

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Green Tea

A parrot cries, ‘green tea!’ Give it to him, but he doesn’t know what it is. – Zen Saying

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Book Haiku

Even truthful books are but gateways to understanding or misunderstanding, depending on your mis/understanding.

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Moon Pearl

Strive to view the moon in the sky and lose the pearl in your hand. – Compendium of Five Lamps Strive to view the pearl in your hand and lose the moon in the sky. – Extended Saying

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Losing Time

If you are now living longer than expected, why waste ‘extra’ time? If you are now dying sooner than expected, why waste remaining time? – Stonepeace | Get Books

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Do You Catch Yourself Red-Handed?

Group spiritual practice is crucial, in case you lack mindful discipline and do not know this is the case. – Stonepeace | Get Books Geshe Ben was an erudite and accomplished monk of the Oral...

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Wake The Master Up Now

Empower Buddha-nature. Disempower defiled nature. – Stonepeace | Get Books In losing self to pursue the material and in pursuing the material and losing self, man is like a puppet tightly...

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Retreat

The accomplished hermit hides in the town; The immature hermit hides in the mountain. – Buddhist Saying A good retreat helps one to better advance for better helping others. – Stonepeace...

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From Craving Arises Grief & Fear

From craving springs grief, From craving springs fear: For one quite free of craving There is no grief — how fear? – The Buddha (Dhammapada, Verse 216) … this brahman… went one day...

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Blame

Hurt yourself holding a sword’s blade! Who’s to blame? – Buddhist Saying

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Tea Haiku

While tea perks you up physically, it is only mindful sipping that perks you up spiritually.

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Plain Water?

The water a cow laps turns into milk. The water a snake licks turns into poison. – Buddhist Saying

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Spiritual Maturity

The immature blame others for ‘making’ them feel bad. The mature take responsibility for how they make themselves feel. – Stonepeace | Get Books

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Virtue

Before being insistent that others be virtuous to you, be determined to nurture those virtues for others. – Stonepeace | Get Books

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Power Of Effort & Karma

凡事尽心尽力, 成败交给业力。 For everything, put in all of your heart and efforts. For success or failure, leave it to the power of karma. – Buddhist Saying

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Greed, Hatred & Delusion

Greed is to be slightly blamed, but it is slow to change. Hatred is to be greatly blamed, but it is quick to change. Delusion is to be greatly blamed, and it is slow to change. – Anguttara...

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Beware Of Fatal Words

Illness enters through the mouth; Disaster exits through the mouth. – Chinese Saying “The Kokalika Jataka tells that many years ago in Benares, the king had a bad habit of talking too...

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Rationale

Knowing the rationale for following rules is more important than just knowing what are the rules to follow, as some rules might be irrational, which makes following them irrational too. –...

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Dharma Pointer

If you only use the Dharma for pointing out others’ mistakes, instead of for self-reflection, you will never benefit from the Dharma – even if you learn it for countless lifetimes...

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Even The Poor Should Be Charitable

Generosity with wisdom not only does not impoverish, it enriches materially and spiritually. – Stonepeace | Get Books During the lifetime of a certain transhistorical Buddha there was a couple...

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Reluctance

If we are somewhat reluctant to observe even the five precepts, we are somewhat reluctant to become better people and we are somewhat ‘bad’ people. – Stonepeace | Get Books

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Gratitude

Do not only speak of having gratitude; you have to manifest it as action for repayment of gratitude. – Ven. Shengyen 不要光是口说感恩, 必须化为报恩的行动。 - 圣严法师

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The Only Way To End Hatred

Hatred is, indeed, never appeased by hatred in this world. It is appeased only by loving-kindness. This is an ancient law. – The Buddha While residing at the Jetavana monastery in Savatthi, the...

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Live & Die

The Bodhisattva path is to live meaningfully, to die meaningfully, and to be reborn meaningfully – only to perfect and express compassion and wisdom. – Stonepeace | Get Books

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Investigation

Lack of understanding becomes misunderstanding when there is speculation instead of investigation. – Stonepeace | Get Books

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Resistance

No water pressure, no swim. No land friction, no walk. No air resistance, no flight. – Stonepeace

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The Cruel Fowler

When you make an offering of generosity to others, you are also making an offering of merits to yourself. – Stonepeace “Reverend sir (the Buddha), how did it happen that such a monk (Tissa)...

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Enough Focus

There should be enough focus on what has consequences in this life, without losing enough focus on what has consequences after this life. – Stonepeace

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Let Go & Pick Up

We only need to let go of the three poisons of greed, hatred and delusion. We only need to pick up the three cures of generosity, compassion and wisdom. – Stonepeace

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Better Seek Your Self

Realise there is no false self based on the five aggregates to realise your true self based on your Buddha-nature. – Stonepeace | Get Books Once the Buddha was sitting in meditation in a dense...

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Sensitivity

Being insensitive is to care too little. Being oversensitive is to care too much. Being sensitive is to care just right. – Stonepeace (Get Books)

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Liberation

Not being attached to one’s suffering by realisation of its unsubstantiality to liberate oneself is wisdom. Not being attached to one’s liberation by realisation of its ungraspability to...

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Moods

Why affect others with your bad moods? Why be affected by others’ bad moods? – Stonepeace (Get Books)

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Disappointment

Disappointment is just a reminder to further align with reality with greater diligence. – Stonepeace (Get Books)

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The Equality Of All That Lives

If we cannot be kind even to a single small ant, how can be be kind to other boundless beings? – Stonepeace In 1982 His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet was dining in France with the 10th Pawo...

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Stonepeace?

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Stonepeace Book Trailers

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Inside Stonepeace Books

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Demons

All our outer demons arise from our inner demons. Even other outer demons arise from their inner demons. – Stonepeace

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Fire & Water

Do not disregard small misdeeds, Thinking they are harmless, Because even tiny sparks of flame, Can set fire to a mountain of hay. Do not disregard small positive acts, Thinking they are without...

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Evil, Self & Views

First, the unwholesome must be averted. In the middle, the self must averted. Last, all the views are averted. Wise is the one who knows this. – Aryadeva (Four Hundred Verses On The Middle Way)...

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The Gold Standard Test For Truth

Do not rely merely on the person, but on the words; Do not rely merely on the words, but on their meaning; Do not rely merely on the provisional meaning, but on the definitive meaning; and Do not...

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Why Not Stay In Samsara?

Just as we strive to enter good schools to study the worldly, we should strive to enter the best school [Pure Land] to master the Dharma. – Stonepeace Question: There are some who say that one...

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Lost & Found

Better to have been lost, and to find yourself, than not know you are lost, and never find yourself. – Stonepeace

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Freedom From Intoxication

As craving addictive intoxicants for ‘relaxation’ causes tension, which is the opposite of relaxation, the cause of true relaxation is freedom from intoxicants. – Stonepeace

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Advice

No advice should be taken without question – except this? No advice should be taken without question – including this. – Stonepeace

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Wasted Time

Time was never truly wasted if one realises in time, that time was wasted and wastes it no more, by being more diligent. Time was truly wasted if one does not realise in time that time was wasted and...

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The Zen In Pure Land Practice

The supreme power is when Self-Power and Other-Power become One-Power via mindfulness of Buddha. – Stonepeace Those who practice Zen or Pure Land should all understand this truth: “all...

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Dilly-Dallying

He who dallies till the auspicious moment arrives to begin his task, wastes his time star-gazing. When a man succeeds in what he does, did the stars have a say? – Nakkatha Jataka

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Favour

These two types of people are difficult to find in the world… One who will do a favour first, and one who is grateful for a favour done. – The Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya I.86) [Compassion...

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Arbitrary Conditions

Even if there are unfavourable conditions, the wise will improve them. Even if there are favourable conditions, the deluded might worsen them. – Stonepeace

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