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Five Poisons

Jun. 14 | The greedy, when overboard, will be deprived, when repented, will be content. The hateful, when overboard, will be loathed, when repented, will be accepted. The deluded, when overboard, will be confused, when repented, will be clear. The arrogant, when...

‘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]...

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...

Ancient Symbiotic Relationship Of Monastics & Laity

Jan. 23 | Receive needs humbly and gratefully. Offer needs humbly and gratefully. – Shilashanti Before the Dalai Lama departed from Thailand, he told his secretaries that he wanted to go out in the morning on alms round. It is common to see orderly queues of...

[2] How To See Ourselves When Relating To Others

Dec. 12 | When in the company of others, I shall always consider myself the lowest of all, and from the depths of my heart hold others dear and supreme. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’ (Part 2...

A Zen Master’s 3 Lessons

Oct. 25 | If you think you are either superior or inferior to someone, an invisible wall goes up between you. Treat him like an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. When you let your guard down, so will he. – Haemin Sunim I heard a story from Korea…...

‘Seven’ Deadly Sins Vs Five Poisons?

Oct. 4 | ‘Se7en’ can be seen as a contemporary fable on the dangers of the Seven Deadly Sins, which according to Christian teachings, are pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. (They are contrary, respectively, to the Seven Cardinal...

The Easiest Ways To…

Sep. 27 | If even perfect Buddhas and great Bodhisattvas express themselves humbly in thought, word and deed, who are we as ordinary beings to be proud? – Shilashanti The easiest way to carry clothes is to wear them. The easiest way to carry food is to eat them. The...

How To Better Interest Others In The Dharma

Jul. 18 | Four Bases Of Sympathy:  [1] Generously giving gifts  [2] Speaking kind words [3] Doing kind deeds [4] Being equal in treatment Hatthaka [the lay Buddhist] was famous… for his ability to attract people to the Dharma. Once he brought five hundred...

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...

Verse On Walking Down

May. 18 | 见趣下路, 当愿众生, 其心谦下, 长佛善根。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第53偈) [When] seeing downward declining roads, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, their minds [be] humble [to those] below,* [as they] grow...

See Yourself As Lowest Of The Low

Feb. 16 | Once proud of your practice, you have nothing to be proud of; only your egotism to be ashamed of. – Stonepeace | Books Do not turn gods into demons. When displeased, the worldly gods cause harm. The gods are supposed to beneficial in general; so if...

Should I Bow Before All Buddha Images?

Sep. 12 |   Question: When we encounter Buddhist temples with many images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and/or Arhats, should we prostrate to all of them? Answer: There should at least be complete sets of prostrations before the central images in the main halls....

Are You An Anger-Feeding Demon (Or Feeding One)?

Feb. 4 | Always do what is right, but never with anger, as anger is never right. – Stonepeace | Books As recounted by Sakyamuni Buddha (in the Samyutta Nikaya), there was once a sickly-looking demon, who sat on the throne of Sakra, the chief of gods in the...

How To Be ‘Ant-Man’ Without Shrinking!

Aug. 29 | Beyond the first Ant-man movie, many might not know that Ant-man in the comics later acquired the means to be Giant-man. But is it truly possible to shrink and enlarge at all, according to the usual laws of physics known, without becoming too dense or...
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