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The Buddha’s Leading Lay Disciple’s Dialogue With Mahavira

Jul. 11 | In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual, untrue, unbeneficial, unendearing and disagreeable to others, he does not say them. – Sakyamuni Buddha (Abhaya Sutta) [Citta was the model Buddhist layman whose learning and behaviour the...

The Hitter And The Hit

Jul. 4 | Practise to be as deliberate as you can now, so that you can be as free as you can later. – Shilashanti In the case of archery, the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but one reality… Zen is the ‘everyday mind’;...

The Power Of Even One Word

Jun. 27 | Words are empowered as much by their speakers as by their listeners. – Shilashanti Once a monk was called to heal a sick child with a few words of paritta [protection] chanting. A skeptic in the crowd observed it all and expressed doubts about such...

Five Good Qualities Of Suffering

Jun. 20 | Furthermore, the good qualities of suffering are that you Dispel arrogance with disenchantment, Develop compassion for the beings of cyclic existence, Carefully avoid sin [or misgivings], and delight in virtue. – Shantideva Bodhisattva (Engaging In...

We Should Repay The Kindness Of All Mother Sentient Beings

Jun. 6 | They are kinsmen stranded in Samsara’s ocean Who seem to have fallen into the abyss; When due to birth, death and rebirth You don’t recognise them and reject them, Freeing only yourself: there is no greater shame. – Chandragomin (Letter...

Why There Is Never Reason For Anger

May. 24 | Just as a doctor does not fight but helps Patients who are possessed by spirits, though they get angry, So the Sage sees that the afflictions are at fault, Not the person who have the afflictions. – Aryadeva (Four Hundred Stanzas) Analyse, thinking,...

A Monk To A King On Listening To Good Advice

May. 15 | As skilful means, say the true, beneficial, and even possibly displeasing  only at appropriate times.  If a king acts in a way that contradicts the Dharma or does something that does not make sense, most of his subjects still praise him. Hence, it is...

The Buddha’s Lay Disciple Foremost In Teaching The Dharma

May. 4 | (Importance Of Seeking Forgiveness From The Wronged) Should one person ignorantly do wrong And another ignorantly become angry (with him), Who would be at fault? And who would be without fault? – Shantideva (Guide To Bodhisattva’s Way Of Life) Citta...

Never Retaliate The Harmful With Anger

Apr. 25 | Do not be angry when others do harm, but realise that it is [the effect of] previous karma. Without causing any more suffering, eliminate your own faults. – Precious Garland Of Advice To A King (Verse 271) Arya Nagarjuna When others harm you, your...

Always Be Truthful & Disciplined

Apr. 19 | For your own sake always speak the truth even if it leads to your death or the loss of your sovereignty. Never speak in any other fashion. Devote yourself always to the discipline of acting in accord with your statements. Glorious one, by that you will...

Better Without An Itch Than To Scratch One

Apr. 13 | If you scratch an itch, it feel good, but it feels even better not to have an itch at all. So too, one is happy in obtaining worldly desires, but there is greater happiness in having no desires at all. – Precious Garland Of Advice To A King (Verse 169) ...

Some Karmic Causes For Our Suffering

Apr. 7 | Attachment, anger, confusion [greed, hatred (aversion), delusion (ignorance)] and the karma that arises from them are non-virtuous. Non-attachment, non-anger, non-confusion, and the karmas that arise from them are virtuous. – Precious Garland Of...

[10] How To Cultivate To Reach Pure Land?

Mar. 28 | 净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014...

[9] How Do Those Lacking Roots Reach Pure Land From Afar?

Mar. 19 | 净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014...

All Great Trees Were Once Small Seeds

Mar. 8 | Since all good and evil start small, may all nurture even minor good, and never nurture even minor evil. – Stonepeace | Books … [Sakyamuni Buddha said,] ‘Have you ever seen the seed of a nigrodha tree?’ [The Brahmin replied], ‘Of...
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