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Careful Who You Lust For, Whom You Might Never Get

Jun. 19 | From lust springs grief, from lust springs fear; One free from lust, has no grief, whence fear? – The Buddha (Dhammapada Verse 215) The Dhammapada Commentary relates the story of Anitthigandha Kumāra in whom love developed for the kind of feminine...

‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ & The Dharma?

Jun. 3 | The KonMari Method is a technique to organise material stuff at home. Its first step is to heap especially clothes in one giant pile – to realise how much ‘more than enough’ one has. This creates motivation to declutter and to sort what...

‘The Song Of Patience By Hánshān & Shídé’ As Sung By The Bodhisattvas Mañjuśrī, Samantabhadra & Maitreya 文殊、普贤与弥勒菩萨所唱的《寒山拾得忍耐歌》

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,...

Have You Chosen Your Last Thought Yet?

Apr. 26 | The fundamental practice NOW is to take good care of this thought in this moment, from thought to thought, from moment to moment. – Shilashanti What will your last thought be, right before your coming rebirth? As the natural working of death-proximate...

How To Have Thought Of Being Reborn In Pure Land? 如何作往生想?

Mar. 14 | 唯持名一法, 摄机最普, 下手最易, 不致或起魔事。 – 净土宗十三祖印光大师 [O]nly [the] one method [of] upholding [the] name, gathers [all spiritual] capacities most universally, [and is the] most easy to start [practising], not...

Lessons On ‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’

Jan. 29 | ‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’ begins with a lesson summarising them… ‘Caregiving is not just about feeding and clothing and cleaning. It is about understanding how to navigate a complicated relationship between those who give...

[7] How To Offer Benefits To All

Jan. 16 | In short, both directly and indirectly, do I offer every happiness and benefit to all my mothers. I shall secretly take upon myself all their harmful actions and suffering. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’...

[6] How To See Those Who Have Betrayed Us

Jan. 8 | When someone whom I have benefited, and in whom I have great hopes gives me terrible harm, I shall regard that person as my holy guru. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’ (Part 6 of 8): 第六颂:视害为师 吾昔饶益助某人, 且曾深心寄厚望, 彼虽非理妄加害, 愿视彼为善知识。 –...

[5] How To Handle Those Who Abuse Us

Jan. 1 | When, out of envy, others mistreat me with abuse, insults, or the like, I shall accept defeat, and offer the victory to others. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’ (Part 5 of 8): 第五颂:自受亏损 他人出于嫉妒心, 非理辱骂谤我等, 亏损失败我取受, 愿将胜利奉献他。 –...

How ‘Shirkers’ Became A Mover & Shaker

Dec. 12 | ‘Shirkers’ (2018) is paradoxically, a documentary on a movie titled ‘Shirkers’ (1992), that did not come fully into being. The result is a full film on a half film, a film within a film, on love of films and filmmaking. Even though...

The (Mind-Only) Verses By Forest Of Awakening Bodhisattva 觉林菩萨偈

Dec. 11 | 心如工画师, 造种种五阴, 一切世间中, 无法而不造。 – 如来林菩萨 《华严经》夜摩宮菩萨说偈品第十六:唯心偈 [1] [The] mind [is] like [a] painter, [who] creates various kinds [of] Five Aggregates, [of]...

Thoughts On ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’

Nov. 27 | People are first haunted by their inner demons, before they become ghosts haunting haunted places, who might in turn become others’ outer demons. Haunted by unresolved and deluded attachment and aversion, both in this life and from life to...

‘Bleach’ing Out Darkness Of Evil

Nov. 8 | ‘Bleach: The Soul Reaper Agent Arc’ is a movie adaptation of the ‘Bleach’ manga series, featuring soul reapers who guide ‘souls’ in the afterlife. Not ‘Death’ itself, they are guides of the deceased. Adhering...

How Do You Tame Your Six ‘Animals’?

Oct. 25 | Like a pure mirror, experience the pleasant only clearly as they are, without any attachment. – Shilashanti In the Chappana Sutta, the Buddha gave two analogies… First, suppose a person caught six animals, whom he ties together with a rope, with...
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