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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.– Śākyamuni...

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 howl,...

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...

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...
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