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The Flower Adornment & Immeasurable Life Sūtras’ Verses For Breaking Free From Hell 华严经与无量寿经之破地狱偈

Dec. 11 | 破地狱偈 [1] 若人欲了知, 三世一切佛, 应观法界性, 一切唯心造。 – 觉林菩萨 《华严经》升夜摩天宫品第十九 Verse For Breaking Free From Hell [1] If [a] person desires [to] understand fully, [the] three...

6 Brief Universal Lessons

Nov. 8 | Your mind cannot hold two thoughts at once. This means that a single thought can occupy your entire mind. Whether good or bad, everything stems from a single thought. If we are careful with that first thought, even tragedies can be prevented. – Haemin...

How Encouragement Now Transforms The Future

Nov. 1 | In a way, Buddhas confer predictions of future attainment of Buddhahood as the purest ‘self-fulfilling’ prophesies – by inspiring greater practice towards it, with which definitely reaches it, as predicted. – Shilashanti As I was reading...

How The Buddha Is Gone Yet Not Gone For Good

Oct. 4 | 吾今来此世界八千返, 为此娑婆世界, 坐金刚华光王座。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《梵网经菩萨戒本》 I now [have] come [to] this world [for the] eight thousandth return, for this Sahā World[‘s sentient beings], sitting...

The ‘Three Provisions’ For Accomplishing Everything

Sep. 20 | 设我得佛,十方众生, 至心信乐,欲生我国, 乃至十念,若不生者,不取正觉。 唯除五逆,诽谤正法。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《佛说无量寿经》 阿弥陀佛第十八大愿 If I, [Dharmākara Bodhisattva] attain...

Pure Land Teachings Within Earliest Found Buddhist Scriptures (Before The Pāli Canon Formed)

Sep. 5 | We have the impression [through the earliest found sūtras]… that [the] Mahāyāna [tradition] was NOT distinct from [so-called] ‘mainstream’ Buddhism at this period [when these sūtras were being recorded], as it became [institutionalised...

Faith Haiku

Aug. 29 | Lack of faith in Dharma practice is simply due to your lack of Dharma-learning. Lack of faith in Dharma learnt is simply due to your lack of Dharma practice.

Don’t Be A ‘Don Verdean’

Aug. 1 | Depending on the viewer’s perception, ‘Don Verdean’ is the kind of movie, that can be perceived as either sincere or satirical… or somewhat both at the same time. Verdean is a fictitious freelance archaeologist and writer, who...

Doubt The Doubtful To Realise The Truthful

Jul. 11 | Be it with skepticism or faith in the Buddha’s teachings, the Buddha welcomes all to question them, all to question him. – Stonepeace Near the beginning of Śākyamuni Buddha’s life of extensive teaching, as recorded in the Kālāma Sutta,...

The Buddha’s Leading Lay Disciple’s Dialogue With Mahavira

Jul. 11 | In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual, untrue, unbeneficial, unendearing and disagreeable to others, he does not say them. – Sakyamuni Buddha (Abhaya Sutta) [Citta was the model Buddhist layman whose learning and behaviour the...

Why We Should Ask & Answer Dharma Queries Well

Jul. 4 | Ask well to be answered well. Ask better to be answered better. – Stonepeace In the last line of ‘[The] Twenty-Third [Light] Precept [Against] Arrogant [And] Biased Speaking [Of The Dharma]’ (第二十三憍慢僻说[轻]戒) in the ‘Brahmā...

How One Who Slighted None Attained Buddhahood

May. 24 | 此诸众生 云何具有 如來智慧, 愚痴迷惑, 不知不见? – 释迦牟尼佛 (华严经) [Of] all these sentient beings, why [are they] complete with [the] Tathāgatas’ wisdom, [yet] ignorant [and] confused, not knowing...

Verses On Looks

Apr. 19 | 见端正人,当愿众生, 于佛菩萨,常生净信。 见丑陋人,当愿众生, 于不善事,不生乐著。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第86-87偈) Seeing proper-looking persons, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, in...

What Would Push You To Make ‘The Push’?

Mar. 8 | ‘The Push’ is a reality TV documentary by the mentalist Derren Brown. For choosing its ‘participants’, he shortlists, through an experiment, those who are especially socially compliant, without question. They are then put through...

How Two Journeyed Into Darkness & Light

Feb. 11 | The first step of learning is to recognise evil, so as to avoid evil. Without this first step, what learnt might be evil. Her Journey Into The Darkness Of Delusion Since young, she was taught by her seniors that her guru (spiritual teacher) is equal...
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