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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 Great Suffering From Sickness 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. ...

Why Be A Lapsed ‘Buddhist’?

Dec. 5 | 只看好样子…Only looking at good examples…  – 净土宗十三祖印光大师  – Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng Someone shared a testimonial on how a person gave up...

How A Great Master Repented Slander Of The Mahāyāna Teachings 大师如何忏悔诽谤大乘教理?

Nov. 28 | 世尊我一心,归命尽十方,无碍光如来,愿生安乐国。– 世亲菩萨  《往生论》第1偈 Before the World-Honoured One, I, with wholeheartedness, take refuge for life in the one who exhausts the ten directions, as the...

Just Pour Away Ink-Diluted Water

Nov. 14 | 近墨易黑, 离朱难赤。生人天道, 易成善恶。 – 朱墨偈 (1) Those near ink are easily blackened,departed from cinnabar, difficult to redden.Born in the humanly and godly paths,it is easy become good and evil. – Verses...

Are You Plugging Into The Right ‘Machine’?

Nov. 7 | The American philosopher Robert Nozick proposed a thought experiment, where people can choose to plug into a machine that induces exclusively pleasurable experiences. This Experience Machine (EM) guarantees only pleasures in the mind, free from...

How Two Grandsons Married Their ‘Grandmothers’ 二孙如何娶’祖母’

Oct. 31 | 古古怪,怪怪古,孙子娶祖母。 猪羊炕上坐,六亲锅里煮。 女吃母之肉,子打父皮鼓。 众人来贺喜,我看真是苦! – 志公禅师 How oddly strange, how strangely odd, that a grandson is marrying his father’s...

Can Truths Be Invalidated By Disbelief?

Oct. 19 | Even the theoretical ‘truth’ that there are no truths is a ‘truth’ if it is true, that invalidates itself. – Nowanden (Part 1) Will one who ‘renounced’ the Triple Gem to embrace another faith still be ‘haunted’...

Why Take Threefold Refuge & Receive Five Precepts? 为何受三皈持五戒?

Oct. 3 | First, be inspired by the Triple Gem to take refuge in the Triple Gem. – Shilashanti As the Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng (净土宗十三祖印光大师) taught in his ‘Third Reply Letter To Layperson Gāo Shàolín’...

[H] What Will Happen After This Dharma-Ending Age? 末法之后将会如何?

Sep. 26 | 恶人转多, 如海中沙。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《佛说法灭尽经》 Evil persons will multiply to be many, like sands’ number within the ocean. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of The Dharma’s Complete End) According...

[G] What Will Happen To The Demonic In The Dharma-Ending Age? 末法之魔将受什么报应?

Sep. 19 | 末世法灭之时,特驻此经,百年在世,接引众生,往生彼国。 – 释迦牟尼佛《无量寿经》 When it is the last period of the Dharma-Ending Age [which is this era],I will specially retain this sūtra, for one hundred [more]...
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