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I’m Taking A Ride With My Best Friend

Jun. 6 | It all seems so stupid, it makes me want to give up… – Shame: First half of chorus (Depeche Mode) The classic 1987 Depeche Mode concert anthem, ‘Never Let Me Down Again‘, is about a debatable ‘best friend’, who is taking...

‘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...

How Much Of Our Blessings Are From Our Ancestors?

May. 30 | The wise are grateful for their ancestors’ good, and never resentful for their mistakes. – Nowanden (Part 1) Is it so, that many generations’ accumulation of merits is needed, for us to be able to learn and practise the Dharma? Although...

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...

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...

How The Buddha Redirected A Precious Offering

Apr. 18 | Being the fundamental source of physical kindness in our lives, our parents should first to be repaid, by sharing the Dharma learnt with them. – Shilashanti As recounted by the Pure Land Tradition’s 2nd Patriarch Great Master Shàndǎo (净土宗二祖善导大师)...

‘Elysium’ As An Imperfect ‘Heaven’

Apr. 3 | ‘Elysium’ comes from the Greek word ‘Elusion’, which means ‘(plain) of the blessed’, which is supposedly at the ends of the earth, as offered to heroes favoured by the gods after death – a place or state of perfect...

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...

Some Quantum Theories Of Pure Land Principles 净土原理之量子理论

Mar. 20 | 极圆极顿, 难议难思, 唯有大智, 方能谛信。 – 净土宗九祖藕益大师 《佛说阿弥陀经要解》 Extremely complete [and] extremely sudden [for enlightenment], difficult [to] discuss [and] difficult [to] conceive, only with...

Can Ancestors Bless Survivors?

Mar. 14 | Question: Many pray for their ancestors to bless them. Does this work? Answer: They are not able to bless us, unless they have been reborn with greater blessings, or have become Bodhisattvas and Buddhas, and are looking after us. Also, merely asking...

Giving Little Gains Much 施少得多

Jan. 16 | 贤者好布施, 天神自扶将, 施一得万倍, 安乐寿命长。 [Of] virtuous ones [who] delight [in] generosity, heavenly gods [will] personally look after [them]. [When] giving once, [they] attain ten thousand times [more], [with] peace,...

How Can We Handle Our Jealousy?

Sep. 13 | Spiritual cultivation is but the actualisation of our pure potential and deactivation of our defiled habits. – Shilashanti When we see those worse off, such as the very poor and sick, we usually genuinely wish that they be free from suffering, to be...

Repair & Repurpose Before Rebuying

Aug. 15 | Learn to do more with less before wanting more and more. – Shilashanti  One of the principles of a Buddhist lifestyle is to take care of things and repair them. The unsui monks of Eihei Temple designate days that contain the numbers ‘4’...

What To Relate To The Triple Gem?

Oct. 24 | Question: Is there a right attitude we should have when relating to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arhats, the Dharma (the Buddhist teachings), the Sangha and Dharma teachers? Answer: What mentioned above included the Triple Gem (Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha),...

Great Good & Evil Start Small

Apr. 13 | Take care of each thought to take care of each word and deed too. – Stonepeace | Books How does one accumulate blessings? It is from a number of actions, not just one. There is a saying, ‘Don’t skip doing a good deed just because it is small,...
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