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How The Buddha Redirected A Precious Offering

Apr. 18 | Being the fundamental source of physical kindness in our lives, our parents should first to be repaid, by sharing the Dharma learnt with them. – Shilashanti As recounted by the Pure Land Tradition’s 2nd Patriarch Great Master Shàndǎo (净土宗二祖善导大师)...

Where To Meet Amitābha Buddha & Maitreya Bodhisattva Together 如何同见阿弥陀佛与弥勒菩萨

Apr. 11 | 愿我临欲命终时, 尽除一切诸障碍, 面见彼佛阿弥陀, 即得往生安乐刹。 – 普贤菩萨 《普贤菩萨行愿品》 May I, when approaching, almost [at] life’s end, completely eradicate all obstacles, [to] personally...

Should You Save Others Or Yourself First? 该先度众生还是自己?

Apr. 10 | 泥菩萨过江, 自身难保。 Mud Bodhisattvas [who] cross [the] river, [of] themselves, [they are] difficult [to] protect. – Saying Should one who aspires for Buddhahood strive to deliver others or oneself from the rounds of rebirth first? Well,...

Does Śākyamuni Buddha Have His Own Pure Land? 释迦牟尼佛有自己的净土吗?

Apr. 3 | 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...

Why You Should Be More Giving Now (Or ‘Death Cleaning For Better Living’)

Mar. 27 | Giving what others need now will create merits, which can manifest as what we really need later. – Shilashanti In the Avadāna Sūtra《阿婆陀那经》, Velāma Bodhisattva (韦罗摩菩萨) had the following reflection – ‘People speak...

Some Quantum Theories Of Pure Land Principles 净土原理之量子理论

Mar. 20 | 极圆极顿, 难议难思, 唯有大智, 方能谛信。 – 净土宗九祖藕益大师 《佛说阿弥陀经要解》 Extremely complete [and] extremely sudden [for enlightenment], difficult [to] discuss [and] difficult [to] conceive, only with...

How To Have Thought Of Being Reborn In Pure Land? 如何作往生想?

Mar. 14 | 唯持名一法,摄机最普,下手最易,不致或起魔事。 – 净土宗十三祖印光大师 [O]nly [the] one method [of] upholding [the] name,gathers [all spiritual] capacities most universally,[and is the] most easy to start [practising],not...

How We Almost Entered Darkness

Mar. 6 | What truly terrifying is not the terrifying, but the absence of mindfulness. – Wuyoukongbu Many years ago, during one of those aimless holiday night rides with a biking buddy, we zipped up and down a popular stretch of a nearby beach. We were cycling...

Do Sentient Beings Increase Or Decrease?

Feb. 27 | 一切有情,与诸如来, 同俱一法,平等法身, 更无别体,亦无别心, 事理平等,犹如虚空, 常住一相,无有差别。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《宝悉地成佛陀罗尼经》 All sentient beings, and all Tathāgatas,...

How Did Ignorance Arise?

Feb. 20 | While rebirth occurs gradually from life to life, rebirth occurs swiftly from moment to moment too. – Ignoramusan In the 12 links of dependent origination (十二因缘) which explain how rebirth occurs, ignorance (无明) is the root cause. How did...

Brief Remarks On A Brief Answer To A Big Question

Feb. 12 | [Y]ou can say the laws are the work of ‘God’, but that is more a definition of ‘God’ than a proof of his existence. – Stephen Hawking In the famous avowed atheist scientist Stephen Hawking’s posthumous book ‘Brief...

What If You Are Reborn Here Again?

Jan. 30 | 末法亿亿人修行, 罕一得道; 唯依念佛, 得度生死。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《大集经》 [In the] Dharma-Ending [Age, which is NOW, when] koṭis* [of] koṭis [of] humans cultivate [Dharma] practice, [it is] rare [that] one attains...

What Makes The Worldly Go Round & Round?

Jan. 29 | On eight worldly conditions which obsess the world and round which it revolves: gain and loss, status and disgrace, blame and praise, pleasure and pain. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Lokavipatti Sutta) As summarised from the Lokavipatti Sutta… How Ordinary...

[8] How To Be Released From Attachment

Jan. 23 | Undefiled by the stains of the superstitions of the eight worldly concerns, may I, by perceiving all phenomena as illusory, be released from the bondage of attachment. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’...

[7] How To Offer Benefits To All

Jan. 16 | In short, both directly and indirectly, do I offer every happiness and benefit to all my mothers. I shall secretly take upon myself all their harmful actions and suffering. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’...
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