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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...

Heed The Dharma

Jun. 28 | Heedfulness is the path to the Deathless. Heedlessness is the path to death. The heedful die not. The heedless are as if dead already. – The Buddha (Dhammapada Verse 21)

Wellness

Jun. 21 | To live well, think, speak and do well when well. To live more well, think, speak and do well even when unwell. – Zhaojian

Five Poisons

Jun. 14 | The greedy, when overboard, will be deprived, when repented, will be content. The hateful, when overboard, will be loathed, when repented, will be accepted. The deluded, when overboard, will be confused, when repented, will be clear. The arrogant, when...

Grief Vs Joy

Jun. 7 |   The evil-doer grieves here and hereafter; he grieves in both the worlds. He laments and is afflicted, recollecting his own impure deeds. The doer of good rejoices here and hereafter; he rejoices in both the worlds. He rejoices and exults, recollecting...

True Practice Is What Matters

May. 31 | Much though he recites the sacred texts, but acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who only counts the cows of others – he does not partake of the blessings of the holy life. Little though he recites the sacred texts, but puts the...

Woe & Bliss

May. 16 | Those who imagine evil where there is none, and do not see evil where it is — upholding false views, they go to states of woe. Those who discern the wrong as wrong and the right as right — upholding right views, they go to realms of bliss. – The...

What Is ‘New’ This Year?

May. 8 | 所谓新者何, 亦如常人贴新春联、 着新衣等以为新乎?… 所谓新者, 乃是改过自新也。 – 弘一大师 What is that so-called ‘new’? Is it also like ordinary persons’ pasting of new spring couplets, wearing...

Entering The Path Here

May. 3 | 以坚持四重戒法, 为入道根本。 – 净土宗十二祖彻悟大师 《彻悟禅师语录》 With firm upholding [of the] Dharma [of the] Four Heavy Precepts [to guard against lust, killing, stealing and lying], as fundamental [for] entering...

Supreme Sharing

Apr. 26 | There are these two kinds of sharing: sharing of material things and sharing of the Dharma. Of the two, this is supreme: sharing of the Dharma. – The Buddha (Itivuttaka 4.1)

Learn To Practise Accordingly

Apr. 18 | Much though he recites the sacred texts, but acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who only counts the cows of others — he does not partake of the blessings of the holy life. Little though he recites the sacred texts, but puts the...

Why End Conflicts Now?

Apr. 10 | 愚人不明了, 人生终归死。 彼等若明了, 诤论自息灭。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《法句经》第六偈 Foolish persons [do] not understand clearly, [that] human lives [in the] end return [to] death. Those others if understanding clearly, [their]...

True Spiritual Friends 真善知

Apr. 3 | 真善知识者, 深通大乘教, 持菩萨胜律, 虽逢命难缘, 不舍菩萨戒。 – 寂天菩萨 《入菩萨行论》 Those [who are] true good-knowing [spiritual friends], know profoundly well [the] Great Vehicle’s teachings, uphold...
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