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The Song Of Patience By Hánshān & Shídé《寒山拾得忍耐歌》(As Sung By The Bodhisattvas Mañjuśrī, Samantabhadra & Maitreya)

May. 16 | The following is a beloved classic teaching on patience (忍辱), called ‘Hánshān Asks Shídé’《寒山问拾得》or ‘Hánshān’s [And] Shídé’s Patience Song’《寒山拾得忍耐歌》, with notes on its meaning. 稽首文殊,寒山之士。南无普贤,拾得定是。 [I]...

How Bodhisattvas Should Always Practise Repentance 菩萨应当如何常修忏悔

May. 8 | 忏悔文 (1) 我昔所造诸恶业, 皆由无始贪嗔痴, 从身语意之所生, 一切我今皆忏悔。 – 普贤菩萨 《华严经: 普贤行愿品》 Verse For Repentance (1) Of all my past created evil karma, all by beginningless greed,...

Do Sentient Beings Increase Or Decrease?

Feb. 27 | 一切有情,与诸如来, 同俱一法,平等法身, 更无别体,亦无别心, 事理平等,犹如虚空, 常住一相,无有差别。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《宝悉地成佛陀罗尼经》 All sentient beings, and all Tathāgatas,...

[3] How To Avert Harming Of All

Dec. 19 | Vigilant, the moment a delusion appears in my mind, endangering myself and others, I shall confront and avert it without delay. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’ (Part 3 of 8): 第三颂:疾断烦恼 一举一动观自心, 正当烦恼初萌生, 危害自与他人时, 愿疾呵斥令消除。 –...

Which Of These Four Actions Do You Create?

Nov. 8 | There are four kinds of [karmic] actions proclaimed by me, after realising them for myself with direct knowledge. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Kukkuravatika Sutta) (As paraphrased and extended from the second half of the Kukkuravatika Sutta) [1] There are dark...

Verses On Summer

Oct. 25 | 盛暑炎毒,当愿众生, 舍离众恼,一切皆尽。 暑退凉初,当愿众生, 证无上法,究竟清凉。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第127-128偈) [During] sweltering summer’s* fierce heat, [reflect that] ‘May...

Always Reflect On Your Thoughts, Words & Deeds

Jun. 27 | The Buddha: What is a mirror for? Rahula: For reflection, sir. The Buddha: … Actions are to be done with repeated reflection. – Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta As summarised from the second part of the Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta  (Discourse...

Why There Is Never Reason For Anger

May. 24 | Just as a doctor does not fight but helps Patients who are possessed by spirits, though they get angry, So the Sage sees that the afflictions are at fault, Not the person who have the afflictions. – Aryadeva (Four Hundred Stanzas) Analyse, thinking,...

Verses On Sickness

Apr. 13 | 见无病人,当愿众生, 入真实慧,永无病恼。 见疾病人,当愿众生, 知身空寂,离乖诤法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第84-85偈) Seeing persons without sickness, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, enter...

Verse On Purity

Jan. 18 | 嚼杨枝时, 当愿众生, 其心调净, 噬诸烦恼。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第41偈) When chewing willow branch,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings their minds [be] tuned [to] purity, biting [off] all afflictions.’** –...

‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Is On The Joker

Sep. 30 | Based on the acclaimed comic book, in its animated feature, the Joker seeks to demonstrate that there is not much difference, if any, between him and everyone else… as ‘crazy’ as this might sound. The idea he deludedly and desperately...

Verse On Shaving

Jun. 1 | 剃除须发, 当愿众生, 永离烦恼, 究竟寂灭。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第17偈) When shaving to remove beard and hair,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, forever depart from afflictions,** [and attain]...
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