Home » Excerpts

Excerpts

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...

Mindfulness Of Buddha Is A Must For Buddhahood

Mar. 2 | With bad advisors forever left behind, From paths of evil he departs for eternity, Soon to see the Buddha of Limitless Light, And perfect Samantabhadra’s Supreme Vows. – Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (The Vows Of Samantabhadra) Buddha Sakyamuni taught...

The Ultimate Taming Of Disturbing Emotions

Feb. 21 | Emptiness is [full of] form[s]. Forms are [full of] emptiness.  – Stonepeace | Books The god [Lord of Peace and Calm] said, “Mañjuśrī [Kumārabhuta Bodhisattva], how are disturbing emotions tamed? Are they something? Or nothing?” Mañjuśrī...

How Great Bodhisattvas Complete The Six Perfections

Feb. 11 | 念念离行於施。 念念净行於戒。 念念寂行於忍。 念念续行於进。 念念一行於定。 念念佛行於智。 – 净土圣贤录 (袁宏道, 石头居士篇) Thought to thought with Renunciation is practice of Generosity. Thought...

Why It Is Wrong To Kill To Celebrate Weddings

Jan. 24 | Since all crave to live and fear to die for any, may none cause any to live or die fearfully. – Stonepeace | Get Books The fourth point: It is not right to kill [or demand others to kill on one’s behalf] to celebrate a wedding. In the customary...

The Sunbathing Carcass

Jan. 17 | Live well to die better. – Stonepeace | Books There was a (Y)outh leaning against a tree. He was ragged and depressed, yawning dispiritedly. A Chan (Chinese Zen) (M)aster came by… M: Young man, the weather’s so good. Why aren’t...

How Do You Grasp Emptiness?

Dec. 28 | 色不异空;空不异色; 色即是空;空即是色;– 心经 (观世音菩萨) Form is not different from emptiness; emptiness is not different from form; form is the same as emptiness; emptiness is the same as form. – Heart Sutra (Guanshiyin...
error: Content is protected !!