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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...

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

Mar. 26 | 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...

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...

Be Born In Pure Land To Be Without Humans’ 20 Difficulties 生净土而无人二十难

Mar. 12 | From ‘The Sūtra Of 42 Sections’ 12th Section: Raising Of Difficulties For Diligent Cultivation (《佛说四十二章经》之第十二章:举难勤修): ‘The Buddha said, “Humans have 20 difficulties. (佛言:「人有二十难。...

Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Eight Great Beings’ Realisations《佛说八大人觉经》  

Feb. 13 | By Later Hàn Dynasty’s Parthian Empire’s Tripiṭaka Dharma Master Ān Shìgāo Translated [Into Chinese] (后汉安息国三藏安世高译): As the Buddha’s disciples, they should constantly in day and...

How Dairy Cows & Veal Calves Suffer

Feb. 6 | 若诸比丘,不服东方丝绵绢帛,及是此土靴履裘毳、乳酪醍醐,如是比丘,于世真脱。酬还宿债,不游三界。何以故?服其身分,皆为彼缘,如人食其地中百谷,足不离地。— 释迦牟尼佛《楞严经》If...

As Already Warned By A Great Master 大师已警告 (Staying Safe In Current Times)

Jan. 30 | The growth of the live animal export trade will make the spread of diseases more likely, experts have warned.— Mattha Busby(The Guardian, 21 Jan 2020) As a kind of public service announcement through Níngbō’s Meritorious Virtues’...

The Buddha’s Two Authorities Within Four Great References For All

Jan. 30 | For that which I have proclaimedand made known as the Dharma and the Discipline,that shall be your Master when I am gone.– Śākyamuni Buddha(Mahāparinibbāṇa Sutta) What if you encounter a so-called famous ‘master’, who claims...

How To Win At ‘Scissors, Paper, Stone!’

Jan. 23 | To easier win a game of chance,play with more certain knowledgeof your attachment and aversion. — Shilashanti ‘Scissors, Paper, Stone!’Does it make any sense to haveone as a favourite in the game,when each is equally powerful,just...

Are You Affected by the Bystander Effect?

Jan. 16 | The fully awakenedstand up fully,at the forefront. — Shilashanti The air-conditioning is way too cold in the waiting room.But all the strangers in it endure it for no good reason.No one complains to anyone.No one does anything about it.Not even...

How A Great Master Overcame Suffering From Terrible Sicknesses 大师如何克服大病苦

Jan. 9 | 诸佛菩萨,念念念众。  众虽不念,仍慈悲念。— 不弃偈 (1) All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,from thought to thought are mindful of all sentient beings.Sentient beings although not mindful of them,with loving-kindness and...

Should Buddhists Take Their Time Spiritually?

Jan. 2 | 生死事大, 光阴可惜。 无常迅速,时不待人。— 寺院钟板文Birth and death is a matter big,and time available is regrettably little.With impermanence swift,time does not wait for one.— Text On Temple Sounding Board Some...

How Egg-Bearing & Meat Chickens & Chicks Suffer

Dec. 26 | Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends. — George Bernard Shaw As summarised from PETA’s sites below: 13 Ways Chickens & Chicks Suffer   [1] More than 300 million chickens abused annually for their eggs...

How A Shocking Teaching Can Be True

Dec. 19 | [1] 为利杀众生,[2] 以财取诸肉, [3] 二俱是恶业,[4] 死堕叫唤狱。 — 释迦牟尼佛《大乘入楞伽经断食肉品第八》第六偈 [1] For profit killing sentient beings,[2] with wealth obtaining much meat,[3] both...

How To Be Mindful Like A Wise Tortoise

Dec. 12 | 若众生心,忆佛念佛,现前当来,必定见佛。– 大势至菩萨 《念佛圆通章》 If sentient beings’ minds recollect the Buddha, and are mindful of the Buddha, now or in the future, they will definitely see the Buddha. ...
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