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Which Of These Four Actions Do You Create?

Nov. 8 | There are four kinds of [karmic] actions proclaimed by me, after realising them for myself with direct knowledge. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Kukkuravatika Sutta) (As paraphrased and extended from the second half of the Kukkuravatika Sutta) [1] There are dark...

Did The Buddha Ever Say The Disagreeable?

Nov. 1 | What the Buddhas think, say and do is out of perfect compassion for all sentient beings. – Simokwang As recorded in the Abhayarājakumāra Sutta, Prince Abhaya asked the Buddha if he would ever say something disliked or disagreeable by others…...

How Do You Tame Your Six ‘Animals’?

Oct. 25 | Like a pure mirror, experience the pleasant only clearly as they are, without any attachment. – Shilashanti In the Chappana Sutta, the Buddha gave two analogies… First, suppose a person caught six animals, whom he ties together with a rope, with...

Which Is More ‘Allowable’ For Consuming?

Oct. 17 | 第三食肉[轻]戒:若佛子,故食肉,一切肉不得食。夫食肉者,断大慈悲佛性种子,一切众生见而舍去。是故一切菩萨,不得食一切众生肉。食肉得无量罪。若故食者,犯轻垢罪。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (梵网经菩萨戒本) [The]...

Who Are Your Karmic Creditors?

Oct. 11 | Create not karmic creditors by harming any. Be not karmic creditors by harming any. – Nowanden Who are karmic creditors (冤亲债主)? They are those whom we owe karmic debts to, who we have harmed, from whom our negative karma is expressed by bearing...

How The Buddha Is Gone Yet Not Gone For Good

Oct. 4 | 吾今来此世界八千返, 为此娑婆世界, 坐金刚华光王座。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《梵网经菩萨戒本》 I now [have] come [to] this world [for the] eight thousandth return, for this Sahā World[‘s sentient beings], sitting...

The Easiest Ways To…

Sep. 27 | If even perfect Buddhas and great Bodhisattvas express themselves humbly in thought, word and deed, who are we as ordinary beings to be proud? – Shilashanti The easiest way to carry clothes is to wear them. The easiest way to carry food is to eat them. The...

The ‘Three Provisions’ For Accomplishing Everything

Sep. 20 | 设我得佛,十方众生, 至心信乐,欲生我国, 乃至十念,若不生者,不取正觉。 唯除五逆,诽谤正法。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《佛说无量寿经》 阿弥陀佛第十八大愿 If I, [Dharmākara Bodhisattva] attain...

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...
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