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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’...

We Are Our Own Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Jul. 24 | Being part of society,you shape the way it iswith the way you are.— Shilashanti ‘A self-fulfilling prophecy is an assumption or prediction that, purely as a result of having been made, cause the expected or predicted event to occurand...

Are You Fighting A Viral Disease Or Viral Fear?

Jul. 9 | The Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca once said, ‘We suffer more in imagination than in reality.’ What did he mean? With too much-unfounded information leading to too many ‘what-ifs’, the convoluted thoughts we unwittingly...

Three Ways To See Mountains And Rivers 三看山水

Jun. 18 | [1] 参禅之初,看山是山,看水是水。[2] 禅有悟时,看山不是山,看水不是水。[3] 禅中彻悟,看山仍然山,看水仍然是水。— 青原惟信禅师 (意译) As above, it was proposed by Chán Master Qīngyuán...

How The Buddha Relieved A Triple Disaster 佛陀如何救济三大灾难

Jun. 1 | Whatever beings are assembled here, terrestrial or celestial,come let us salute the Buddha, the Tathāgata (Verse 15) /the perfect Dharma (Verse 16) / the perfect Saṅgha (Verse 17) /honoured by gods and humans.May there be happiness.–...

How An Angry Insulter Was Calmly Reasoned With

Apr. 29 | Overcome the angry by non-anger;overcome the wicked by goodness;overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth.— The Buddha(Dhammapada Verse 223) According to the ‘Akkosa Sutta’, or the ‘Discourse On Insults’,...

How A ‘Haunted’ Room Was ‘Exorcised’

Apr. 22 | If your fears are neverfaced and transformed,they will always haunt you.— Shilashanti On the second night in the small solo retreat room, one of the most nerve-racking events was experienced… At an ungodly hour, the winds started to...

Summary of ‘Practices With Ten Great Obstacles’《十大碍行》纲要

Apr. 15 | 佛祖圣贤,未有不以逆境为大炉韝者。— 净土宗九祖蕅益大师《十大碍行》跋 Of Buddhas, Patriarchs, noble and virtuous ones, there are yet to be with those who did not practise with opposing situations as great furnaces...

How Can Wandering Spirits Be Delivered? 如何超度孤魂?

Apr. 8 | One without meritscan be offered guidanceto easier create merits.— Shilashanti There are wandering spirits (i.e. 孤魂野鬼: lonely spirits and wild ghosts), who are those yet to be reborn, due to attachment to their past lives, while not...

Is There Buddhist Minimalism?

Mar. 19 | Minimise evil entirely.Maximise goodness totally.Realise purity completely.— Shilashanti In recent years, the minimalist lifestyle seems to be the in thing. Is there a Buddhist take on it? Yes, indeed… all along. Fundamentally, Buddhist...
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