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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)...

The Buddha’s Words On Loving-Kindness (Karaniya Metta Sutta)

Mar. 27 | [1] He sleeps in comfort. [2] He awakes in comfort. [3] He sees no evil dreams. [4] He is dear to human beings. [5] He is dear to non-human beings. [6] Devas (gods) protect him. [7] Fire, poison, and sword cannot touch him. [8] His mind can concentrate...

How We Should Train Ourselves

Nov. 27 | Of a worthy goal reachable, have Faith to reach it, have Aspiration to reach it, have Practice to reach it. – Shilashanti … there is the case where a certain monk follows right after the community of monks… He doesn’t have the other...

Verses On Food (1)

Aug. 29 | 若得美食,当愿众生, 满足其愿,心无羡欲。 得不美食,当愿众生, 莫不获得,诸三昧味。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第116-117偈) If attaining delicious food, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, fulfil...

Verse On Shade

Sep. 6 | 见树叶茂, 当愿众生, 以定解脱, 而为荫映。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第64偈) Seeing a tree’s leaves that are lush, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, with concentration [attain] liberation, and with it...

Focus Haiku

Nov. 23 | Note and do the worthy; never the unworthy – always focus!

Why A Monk Shattered His One Precious Bowl

Feb. 24 | 若人欲拿金碧峰, 除非铁鍊锁虛空, 虛空若能锁得住, 再來拿我金碧峰。 – 金碧峰禅师 If one desires to seize Jin Bifeng, unless able to use metal chains to lock empty space, [and] if empty space is able to be locked...

Ideal Physical & Mental Postures For Meditation

Oct. 1 | Shamatha is the one-pointed concentration of the mind. Vipashyana is perfect discernment. – The Cloud Of Jewels Because body and mind are interrelated, if one adopts a correct physical posture, the subtle channels with their energies will be straight,...

Awaken To The Light Of Understanding

Dec. 28 | When your mind is not clear… you may well take a thief to be your own child. – The Buddha (Surangama Sutra) When you practice meditation in stillness and enter samadhi, the essence of your mind merges with the Bodhisattvas of the ten directions...

Is Mindfulness Of Buddha Applicable In Everyday Life?

Feb. 29 | Life is uncertain; death is certain. Rebirth is certain; where to is uncertain. – Extended Buddhist Saying Summarised in one line, the Pure Land teachings, which are the most popular in the Mahayana tradition, teach that via faithful single-minded...

Clean, Calm, Clear

Feb. 15 | Clean (in conduct, via observation of morality), Calm (in emotion, via cultivation of concentration), Clear (in reason, via realisation of wisdom), these are characteristics of a noble person. – Buddhist Saying
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