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How Can We Handle Our Jealousy?

Sep. 13 | Spiritual cultivation is but the actualisation of our pure potential and deactivation of our defiled habits. – Shilashanti When we see those worse off, such as the very poor and sick, we usually genuinely wish that they be free from suffering, to be...

How To Have The Ultimately Blissful Reunion

Sep. 5 | 若有众生, 闻是说者, 应当发愿, 生彼国土。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (佛说阿弥陀经) If there are beings who hear this, they should vow to be born in that [Pure] Land. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of]...

Should The Old Travel Or Watch More TV?

Aug. 29 | The mindless keep missing the common essence of what seems different. – Shilashanti Should the elderly have many leisure trips? Well, this depends on what is done during the trips. If it is just much indulgence in sense pleasures, with total forgetting...

Can There Be Much Yet Nothing To Buy?

Aug. 22 | Knowing exactly what one needs requires wisdom. – Shilashanti In an overheard conversation, participants in a tour group lamented to their guide that there is nothing to buy in the area. Surprised, the guide replied that the hotel they were staying...

How Can A ‘Creator’ Be ‘Created’?

Aug. 13 | I’m the one who asked Brahmā  in the Hall of Justice before the assembly:  ‘Friend, do you still have the same view  that you had in the past?  Or do you see the radiance  transcending the Brahmā realm?’ [to be continued…] –...

The Top 10 Buddhist Assurances

Aug. 8 | Potential is there, yet as if ‘not there’, if never actualised. – Zhaojian [1] We Have Great Potential: We all have Buddha-nature, which is the perfect potential to become fully liberated and enlightened Buddhas, with True Happiness. This...

Can Faith In Any Deity Help The Dying?

Aug. 1 | According to one doctrine, there is a great, self-existent [i.e. uncreated] deity whose substance is real and who is all-pervading [i.e. omnipresent], eternal, and the producer of all phenomena [as a creator]…. If something [or someone] produces...

How Not To Despair At Many Beings To Save

Jul. 26 | 若作是言 ‘我当灭度无量众生’, 则不名菩萨。 – 金刚经 (释迦牟尼佛) If [to] make this statement, ‘I will deliver [to] Nirvāṇa immeasurable sentient beings’, thus [is one] not named [a] Bodhisattva. –...

A Kid’s ‘Real’ Pain From An Imaginary Needle

Jul. 18 | Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – Buddhist Saying At the clinic, I saw how a kid was dragged by his mother into the doctor’s room. When the door closed, almost immediately from the outside, some screaming could be heard. Perhaps he...

Doubt The Doubtful To Realise The Truthful

Jul. 11 | Be it with skepticism or faith in the Buddha’s teachings, the Buddha welcomes all to question them, all to question him. – Shilashanti Near the beginning of Śākyamuni Buddha’s life of extensive teaching, as recorded in the Kālāma Sutta,...

Why We Should Ask & Answer Dharma Queries Well

Jul. 4 | Ask well to be answered well. Ask better to be answered better. – Shilashanti In the last line of ‘[The] Twenty-Third [Light] Precept [Against] Arrogant [And] Biased Speaking [Of The Dharma]’ (第二十三憍慢僻说[轻]戒) in the ‘Brahmā...

Always Reflect On Your Thoughts, Words & Deeds

Jun. 27 | The Buddha: What is a mirror for? Rahula: For reflection, sir. The Buddha: … Actions are to be done with repeated reflection. – Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta As summarised from the second part of the Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta  (Discourse...

How To Sleep Well Like The Buddha

Jun. 20 | To always rest well, always live well when awake, without greed, hatred and delusion. – Shilashanti According to the Hatthaka Sutta, the Buddha was staying in a forest near Alavi, on a spread of leaves. Hatthaka, while walking around for exercise,...

Is Life Just A Lamp To Be Snuffed Out?

Jun. 6 | Just look at how the circuit of the universe returns upon itself. You will see that nothing in this cosmos is extinguished, but everything falls and rises and turns. – Seneca (Epistle 36.7-12) As written in Seneca’s Epistle 54, ‘Before...

How One Who Slighted None Attained Buddhahood

May. 24 | 此诸众生 云何具有 如來智慧, 愚痴迷惑, 不知不见? – 释迦牟尼佛 (华严经) [Of] all these sentient beings, why [are they] complete with [the] Tathāgatas’ wisdom, [yet] ignorant [and] confused, not knowing...
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