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Loving-Kindness & Compassion 慈与悲

Nov. 8 | 佛心者慈与悲:大慈则与乐,大悲则拔苦。 – 空海大师(性灵集) Those with the Buddha’s hearthave loving-kindness and compassion:with great loving-kindness thus giving joy,with great compassion thus uprooting...

Thought, Word & Deed

Oct. 19 | If pure, think it appropriately.If true, say it appropriately.If right, do it appropriately.  If impure do not think it.If untrue, do not say it.If not right, do not do it.        – Nowanden

How To Delight The Buddhas 如何令佛欢喜

Oct. 4 | 若于众生尊重承事, 则为尊重承事如来。 若令众生生欢喜者, 则令一切如来欢喜。 何以故?诸佛如来, 以大悲心而为体故。 因于众生而起大悲, 因于大悲生菩提心, 因菩提心成等正觉。 –...

How To Check Your ‘Dharma’

Oct. 1 | Carefully studying the sentences word by word,one should trace them in the Discourses (Sutras)and verify them by the Discipline (Vinaya). If they are neither traceable in the Discoursesnor verifiable by the Discipline,one must conclude thus, certainly,...

Merits Of Veg(etari)an Offerings 供斋功德

Sep. 27 | 若能为其父母乃至眷属,命终之后,设斋供养,志心勤恳,  如是之人,存亡获利。  – 地藏菩萨《地藏经》   If able to, for their Fathers, Mothers and even [other] family members, after...

Be Not The Last To Sever The Seed 莫作最后断种人

Sep. 20 | 汝粗得其门, 当传灯化物, 莫作最后断种人也。 – 慧思大师致智者大师之遗教 《佛祖统纪》第六卷 智者大师最后教诲乃 亲自得生阿弥陀佛极乐净土  You, who have just attained this [Dharma] Door, should...

Two Razors

Sep. 6 | Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. – Hanlon’s Razor It is always from the third poison of delusion, that arise the first poison of greed, and the second poison of hatred. – Poisons’ Rule

Why Take Threefold Refuge?

Aug. 30 | Worldly teachers will let you down, but the world-transcended Buddhas’ pure blessings will never let you down – thus should you take refuge in the Buddhas. Worldly teachings will let you down, but the world-transcending Dharma’s perfect...

A Day Better Than A Hundred Years 百岁不如一日

Aug. 23 | 若人活百岁, 不解生灭法, 不如生一日, 而得解了之。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《法句经》第 113 偈 If a person lives for one hundred years, not understanding rising and cessation of phenomena, this is not equal to living for one...

Where Is Freedom?

Aug. 16 | Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. – Viktor E. Frankl

Great Meritorious Virtues Of Mindfulness Of Buddha 念佛功德之大

Aug. 2 | 假使一月,常以衣食, 供养恭敬,一切众生, 不如有人,一念念佛, 所得功德,十六分一。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《大般涅槃经》 If for one month, constantly with clothing and food, offering reverently, to all sentient...

Reach The Shore

Jul. 26 | Few among men are those who cross to the farther shore [of liberation]. The rest, the bulk of men, only run up and down the hither bank. – The Buddha (Dhammapada Verse 85)

Control Yourself

Jul. 19 | Irrigators regulate the rivers;fletchers straighten the arrow shaft;carpenters shape the wood;the wise control themselves. Just as a solid rockis not shaken by the storm,even so the wiseare not affected by praise or blame. On hearing the Teachings,the...

Whose Fault?

Jul. 12 | 不举他功过, 勿观作未作, 唯观己修行, 已修与未修。 – 佛陀 (法句经,第50偈) Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one’s own acts, done and undone. –...

Direct Your Mind Well

Jul. 5 | Whatever harm an enemy may do to an enemy or a hater to a hater, an ill-directed mind inflicts on oneself a greater harm. Neither mother, father, nor any other relative can do one greater good than one’s own well-directed mind. – The Buddha (Dhammapada...
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