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Verses On Water

Oct. 17 | 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...

Verse On Chanting

Oct. 11 | 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*...

Verse On Wisdom

Oct. 4 | 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...

Is Lab-Grown Meat Ethical?

Oct. 4 | 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 stage of growing lab-grown meat. Though its production...

Verse On Departure

Sep. 27 | 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...

Verse On Dharma-Speaking

Sep. 20 | 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...

Verses On Eating

Sep. 13 | 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...

Verses On Food (2)

Sep. 5 | 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]...

Verses On Food (1)

Aug. 29 | 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...

The Buddha When Just A Gardener Sage

Aug. 29 | Cherry blossoms Scatter at the peak of their beauty – It is much harder for us To fall away from our own Attachment to the world. – Rengetsu The Bodhisattva, a gardener, decides to leave home to fully practice the Way when he sees his old spade...

Verses On Moral Shame

Aug. 22 | 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]...

The Three Bodies Of Buddhas

Aug. 22 | 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 existence, though they are in ultimate reality one in...

Is Sponsoring Of Buddha Images To Create Them?

Aug. 22 | Question: A Buddhist temple has fund-raising, calling for sponsorship for many small Buddha images in its Buddha hall. Is offering of these Buddha images (供佛像) by donations classified as creating of Buddha images (塑佛像)? Answer: As 塑佛像...

Verses On Reverent Respect

Aug. 15 | 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]...
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