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In Summer & Winter, Dress & Eat

Nov. 27 | No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.– Alan Watts The greater part of Zen literature consists of mondo, of brief dialogues between masters and pupils, which illustrate its peculiar method of instruction,...

Arrange Things Simply To Simplify Your Mind

Nov. 6 | When getting what needed, you only need to get what is good enough, and it is good enough. – Shilashanti The relationship between the mind and the body is like that between the chicken and the egg. If you cultivate a simplified mindset, your body, too,...

How Two Grandsons Married Their ‘Grandmothers’ 二孙如何娶’祖母’

Oct. 31 | 古古怪,怪怪古,孙子娶祖母。 猪羊炕上坐,六亲锅里煮。 女吃母之肉,子打父皮鼓。 众人来贺喜,我看真是苦! – 志公禅师 How oddly strange, how strangely odd, that a grandson is marrying his father’s...

Discard What You Don’t Need

Oct. 19 | What you do truly not need is so, even if you do not think so. What you do truly need is so, even if you do not think so. – Shilashanti When things aren’t going well, we tend to think  we are lacking in something. But if we want to change...

Is ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Ours Too?

Sep. 23 | What is the meaning, purpose or point of this life, be it long or short? These existential issues are pondered by a dog, who is able to recall several immediate past lives. Is it just to have fun and games, to play and eat? If only it is that simple....

What Are Buddhist Meditative Practices Truly For?

Sep. 17 | Question: What are Buddhist meditative practices for? Can they be for relaxation and the sharpening of mindfulness for work and play? Answer: They are for training, to attain enlightenment, which leads to liberation from the cycle of birth and death....

The First Things In ‘Cities Of Last Things’

Jul. 22 | The film (幸福城市) begins in the midst of a casual yet cautionary song – ‘爱千万不要给得太多… 你今天将它挽留,明天它悄悄溜走。你将一切给我,我却不知如何接受。啊… 请你请你不要再来找我。世界上的男孩不只我一个。啊…...

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...

Six Reflections On ‘Aziz Ansari: Right Now’

Jul. 15 | This is the ironic era, when more comedians are speaking heartfelt truths than some politicians, whose words make a mockery of truth and themselves, often in ways not even funny… Ansari starts his latest comedy special with a confession on his...

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...
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