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To What Extent Should The Dharma Be Protected? 护法应当到什么程度?

Sep. 23 | 于诸佛净戒,护持如明珠。— 释迦牟尼佛《梵网经菩萨戒本》Of all the Buddhas’ pure precepts,protect and uphold them like bright pearls.— Śākyamuni Buddha (Brahma Net Sūtra’s Bodhisattva Precepts) The...

That One Should Disdain Hardships

Sep. 9 | You will earn the respect of all menif you begin by earning the respect of yourself.— Musonius Rufus(Fragment: 30) In order to support more easily and more cheerfully those hardships which we may expect to suffer in behalf of virtue and goodness,...

May Your Compassion Be More Powerful Than Greed

Aug. 28 | We are just being slaughtered and slaughteredone lifetime after another — don’t let your wisdom, compassion and power be so weak!— Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol(in the voice of old ewes)  As for the argument sometimes put forward by Mahayana...

Does Cutting Out The Organs Disturb The Mind?

Aug. 5 | Helping our loved ones at the time of death is the best service we can offer them, our greatest gift. Why? Because death is the most important time of life: it’s at death that the next rebirth is determined.— Lama Zopa Rinpoche Some people...

Why Should I Attain Buddhahood Too?

Jul. 23 | Immeasurable Buddhas, including you,are needed to guideimmeasurable beings, including you,to Buddhahood.— Shilashanti Someone wonders, “Can Buddhas really benefit sentient beings?” Yes, they can, but they can’t help everyone...

Why Be Ashamed Of Being Shameless?

Jul. 8 | Non-integrity is not to be ashamed of yourself;inconsideration of others is not being embarrassed with regard to others.Haughtiness is the incapacity of honoring others.Fury is a mental disturbance caused by anger.— Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland...

Be As Bodhisattva-Like As You Can

Jun. 17 | All the suffering there is in this worldarises from wishing our self to be happy.All the happiness there is in this worldarises from wishing others to be happy.― Santideva You also get plenty of opportunities to help others outside of work....

The Butter & Lamp Analogies For Buddha-Nature

Apr. 21 | Full enlightenment is attainedby fully realising Buddha-Natureand fully renouncing all other ‘natures’.— Shilashanti I bow to you, the Dharmadhātu[i.e. Dharma-nature, or Buddha-nature,the bright essential potential for Buddhahood],Who...

Tame & Transform Your Raging Tiger

Apr. 14 | It’s great to be able to stopWhen you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,And be able to do something else insteadAnd think this song.— Mr. Rogers As silly as those lyrics might seem to us in the moment, as our temper is boiling...

Do The Right Thing Naturally

Apr. 7 | There is no enjoying the possession of anything valuable unless one has someone to share it with. — Seneca Neither the Buddhists nor the Stoics believed in what has come to be called ‘original sin’ — that we are a fallen and flawed...

One Stone At A Time

Mar. 25 | Since there is only one thoughtin each moment,be aligned to do only one thing wellin each moment.— Shilashanti There is no such thing as good multitasking… Pay attention to your attention — when you have it and when you don’t....

Master Being A Beginner

Mar. 18 | Those who think they are learnedare probably the least learned.Those who know they should learnwill probably become learned.— Shilashanti All of us act like those close-minded experts sometimes, and all of us can benefit from a bit more...

Mindfully Ask Your Heart If You Need It

Mar. 11 | It’s only after we’ve lost everythingthat we’re free to do anything.— Chuck Palahniuk(via Tyler Durden in Fight Club) You’re climbing a mountain but you aren’t well equipped. You’re wearing thin clothing,...

I Want You To Panic

Feb. 26 | No one is acting as if we are in a crisis. Even most green politicians and climate scientists go on flying around the world, eating meat and dairy.* — Greta Thunberg* Such consumption is one of the leading causes of the climate crisis We...

How News Can Destroy Peace Of Mind

Feb. 12 | The more we value thingsoutside our control, the less control we have. — Epictetus What is wisdom? Think of a wide man… your personal ideal, a beacon of humanity. Someone like Socrates, Confucius, the Buddha… Now imagine that person...
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