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How To Solve ‘The Problem Of Evil’ With Buddhism

Mar. 29 | An omnipotent being [if he exists], who created a world containing evil [or potential for evil] not due to [its] sin must himself be at least partially evil [i.e. sinful]. — Bertrand Russell (Bertrand Russell’s Best) The Greek philosopher Epicurus...

A Review Of Epicurus’ ‘Deadly’ Existential Mistake

Mar. 11 | What seems to make sense at first,might be exactly that —what only seems to make sense at first.— Shilashanti In the third section of the ‘Letter to Menoeceus’ by the Greek philosopher Epicurus (c. 341-271), he wrote, [Part 1]...

Record Of A Venerable Identifying A Fake Bodhisattva 和尚辨认假菩萨记

Mar. 4 | 譬如穷人,妄号帝王,自取诛灭。况复法王,如何妄窃?— 释迦牟尼佛《楞严经》 For example, a poor person,who falsely names oneself an emperor,personally incurs death.Furthermore as a Dharma king [i.e. Buddha],how...

All Sentient Beings Have Everlasting Buddha-Nature 一切众生佛性不朽

Feb. 25 | 人非草木,知错能改。灵性不朽,宰予成材。  — 不朽偈 (1)As humans are not grass and trees,when knowing their mistakes, they are able to change.With spiritual nature never rotting,even Zǎiyǔ became worthy.— Verses...

Three Ways To Urge Those Doing Well To Learn Buddhism

Feb. 18 | The fleeting nature of the worldly,is our wake-up call from the worldly.— Skýlosan For those doing well in life, who feel that as long as they do not do evil, and do some good, there is no need to learn the Dharma (i.e. the Buddha’s teachings),...

Great Master Hānshān’s ‘Song On Wasting In Vain’ 憨山大师《费闲歌》

Feb. 11 | In Great Master Hānshān’s (憨山大师) ‘Song On Wasting In Vain’《费闲歌》, he wrote a list of ten deeds, which are relatively easier to do externally, as compared with ten deeds which are more difficult to do internally,...

Right Contemplation To Resist Lust 正观敌色

Feb. 5 | 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》:...

What Is ‘Beauty’?

Feb. 4 | The worldly onlycling to the beautiful.— Shilashanti(Part 1) The so-called ‘beautiful’ is soonly when perceivedunder certain conditionsof space and time. When seen too far without,it is only a blur.When seen too near within,it...

To Transcend, And To Transcend Transcending

Jan. 27 | I woke up to see the sun shining all around me…Why would it shine down on me?…Just had to ask myself,‘What’s it really for?’— What’s It For?(Yoko Kanno) The worldly yet noble tend to speak of saving the world. This...

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...

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’....

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...

How Maitreya Bodhisattva Gave Rose To The Aspiration To Be Born In Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land 弥勒菩萨如何发愿往生阿弥陀佛的净土

Sep. 4 | 是故弥勒,设有大火,充满三千大千世界,要当过此,闻是经法,欢喜信乐,受持读诵,如说修行。– 释迦牟尼佛《无量寿经》Therefore, Maitreya, if there is a great fire, that fully fills the three-thousandfold...

Wáng Yángmíng’s Fantastic Encounter 王阳明奇遇记

Aug. 26 | 无善无恶心之体,有善有恶意之动。知善知恶是良知,为善去恶是格物。-《四句教》王阳明Without good and without evil is the essence of the mind,Having good and having evil is the movement of the mind.Knowing...

How Should Buddhists Respond To Pandemics? 佛教徒该如何应对疫情?

Aug. 6 | Consumer demand for fresh meatis also rising as the global populationapproaches 8 billion,including many who are increasinglyadopting diets rich in meat.— Mattha Busby(The Guardian, 21 Jan 2020) Other than the usual safety and ‘sanity’...
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