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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...

Mindfulness Of Buddha & Prostration To Buddha 念佛拜佛

Mar. 27 | 念佛一声, 增福无量。 礼佛一拜, 罪灭河沙。 – 佛教名言 [With] verbal mindfulness [of] Buddha once, [this] increases blessings immeasurably. [With] prostration [to] Buddha once, [this] eradicates transgressions [like a] river’s...

Verse On Four Impermanences 四非常偈

Mar. 20 | 积聚皆销散, 崇高必堕落, 合会要当离, 有生无不死。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《阿含经》 [That] gathered together [will] all dissipate, [the] majestic most certainly [will] fall, [those] assembled together must later depart, [who...

Difference Between The Wise & Foolish 智愚之分

Mar. 14 | 愚者自知愚, 彼即是智人。 愚人自谓智, 实称真愚夫。 释迦牟尼佛 《法句经》 A fool who knows about his foolishness, just by that he is like a wise man. And a fool, who is proud of his cleverness, he is indeed called a...

Transformation

Mar. 6 | To keep transforming greed, keep giving with generosity. To keep transforming hatred, keep radiating loving-kindness. To keep transforming delusion, keep learning to realise wisdom. – Zhaojian

Verse On Not Forgetting 莫忘偈

Feb. 27 | 莫忘须活; 莫忘将死。 莫忘当下; 莫忘当后。 – 照见 Do not forget you need to live; Do not forget you will die. Do not forget the immediate; Do not forget later. – Zhàojiàn

An Ancient Law

Feb. 20 | 不能以怨恨, 止息世间怨, 唯慈能止怨, 乃不易古法。 释迦牟尼佛 (法句经) [One is] not able [to], with hatred, cease [the] world’s hatred; only [with] loving-kindness [is one] able [to] cease hatred – this [is...

The Swiftest Path To Buddhahood

Feb. 12 | 若人疾欲至, 不退转地者, 应以恭敬心, 执持称名号。 – 龙树菩萨 《十住毗婆沙论》(易行品) If one swiftly desires [to] reach, [the] ground [of] non-retrogression [for progress to Buddhahood, one] should with reverent...

Four Great Vows 四弘誓愿

Jan. 29 | 众生无边誓愿度。 烦恼无尽誓愿断。 法门无量誓愿学。 佛道无上誓愿成。 [Of] sentient beings [who are] boundless,   [I] vow [to] deliver [them all]. [Of] afflictions [that are] inexhaustible,   [I] vow [to] sever [them all]. [Of]...
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