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Bǎo Níngyǒng Chán Master’s Cautionary Text For Reading Sūtras 保宁勇禅师看经警文

Apr. 7 | 用心来看经。 看经即看心。 Use the mind to see the sūtras. To see the sūtras is to see the mind. — Shilashanti That method of reading sūtras, that younger students must know, is that they should purify their Three Karmas. If the Three...

Should I ‘Just’ Let My Negative Karma Ripen?

Apr. 6 | Question: Is it right to think that I should not take special care of my health, so that my negative karma can be allowed to ripen, to be depleted?  Answer: The Buddha’s teachings are not merely about trying to deplete negative...

Are Negative Karma And Negative Habits The Same?

Mar. 16 | Question: A friend mentioned that a mutual friend has negative karma, that prevents learning and practising the Dharma well. However, I think it is due to negative habits instead, leading to inattentiveness and lack of diligence in learning and practice....

Everything In The Right Places

Feb. 24 | 好雪片片,不落别处。— 庞云居士Good snow!Flake by flake,they do not fall on other places.— Layperson Páng Yún Do not be afraid. Live while accepting everything [as they are, so that they can be bettered if possible]. Snowflakes...

‘She’s Funny That Way’, How She’s Connected To Others

Sep. 7 | In the tight comedic scripting of ‘She’s Funny That Way’, the audience quickly realises how each person is linked to another. As a film ‘law’ of sorts, it is no coincidence at all, that protagonist 1 knows protagonist...

When Do Bodhisattvas Intervene To Help? 

Aug. 4 | Question: Some claim great Bodhisattvas do not intervene to help those with ripening negative karma. However, we know that all Bodhisattvas vow to help all beings. How should this ‘contradiction’ be understood? Answer: Great Bodhisattvas...

Why Be Ashamed Of Being Shameless?

Jul. 8 | Non-integrity is not to be ashamed of yourself;inconsideration of others is not being embarrassed with regard to others.Haughtiness is the incapacity of honoring others.Fury is a mental disturbance caused by anger.— Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland...

Bird In Vase

Mar. 27 | 鸟来入瓶中,以縠掩瓶口。縠穿鸟飞去,识神随业走。 《大智度论》   When a bird comes to enter a vase within,with fine gauze covered is the vase’s mouth.When the gauze is penetrated, the bird flies...

Must Negative Karma Be Exhausted For There To Be Liberation?

Mar. 24 | Question: Is it so that we have to exhaust all our negative karma before we can become liberated? Answer: No. This can be clearly known by looking at the case of Maudgalyāyana (Moggallāna). Although he has already attained self-liberation as...

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, Not Far From Reality?

Jan. 27 | Is this yet another Spider-Man movie? Yes and no. Yes, it seems like a(nother) more teen-focused take, for the younger generation, to create new Spidey fans perhaps. No, as it does imagine, kind of to warn, of some potentially up and rising ills...

Karma Haiku

Jan. 25 | Preaching about karma without practising accordingly creates worse karma.* * By being a negative example instead of an expected good one.

Should Buddhists Take Their Time Spiritually?

Jan. 2 | 生死事大, 光阴可惜。 无常迅速,时不待人。— 寺院钟板文Birth and death is a matter big,and time available is regrettably little.With impermanence swift,time does not wait for one.— Text On Temple Sounding Board Some...

Is ‘The Devil Next Door’? 

Dec. 30 | TDND is a documentary series on the case of Ivan Mykolaiovych Demjanjuk, who lived as an ordinary family man, about whether he was truly ‘Ivan the Terrible’, the nickname given to a notoriously cruel guard at the Treblinka extermination...

Will Haiku

Nov. 16 | Your willingness to  say and do what you will will make you culpable.

Effects Of Ten Unwholesome (Evil) Karmic Paths (十恶业道)

Nov. 13 | Those with great greed become hungry ghosts.Those with great hatred become hell-beings.Those with great delusion become animals. Of the Ten Unwholesome Karmic Paths, the most severe are causes for the hells, the average degrees are causes...
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