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Three Ways To Urge Those Doing Well To Learn Buddhism

Feb. 18 | The fleeting nature of the worldly,is our wake-up call from the worldly.— Skýlosan For those doing well in life, who feel that as long as they do not do evil, and do some good, there is no need to learn the Dharma (i.e. the Buddha’s teachings),...

Openness Haiku

Jan. 29 | Open your heart, and focus your mind to learn and ask.

What Is This Certain Sutra About?

Aug. 27 | Question: What is this ___ sutra about? Answer: While this is a very good question, it is also very difficult to answer simply. It is especially difficult to answer due to the length of the scripture and its many important subjects covered.  The...

How Does Reciting Sutras Relate To Learning About Them?

Jul. 22 | Question: How does reciting sutras (i.e. Buddhist scriptures) differ from attending classes on them? Answer: There are many nuanced implications in profound teachings that need detailed explanation, via background information, examples and such....

Why Be A Lapsed ‘Buddhist’?

Dec. 5 | 只看好样子…Only looking at good examples…  – 净土宗十三祖印光大师  – Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng Someone shared a testimonial on how a person gave up...

Experience Haiku

Sep. 7 | Only those who know they are less experienced can become more experienced.

Material Haiku

Aug. 3 | Everything you experience is ‘material’ for reshaping your mind.

A Stoic’s Daily Zen-like Self-Review

Jul. 24 | Our spiritual health demands  that we let go of anger,  or else it will never let go of us.   – Seneca Seneca, to judge by his self-presentation in his writings, was a self-reflective and inward-looking man. He describes, in one of the passages...

Will Dharma Learning & Practice Create Obstacles?

Jun. 27 | The cause of right Dharma learnt gives rise to the effect of right Dharma practised and realised. – Shilashanti Is it so, that with when we are keen to learn and practise the Buddha’s teachings (i.e. the Buddha Dharma), there will be obstacles?...

What If I Lack Time For Buddhist Classes?

Jun. 25 | Question: I hope to be able to come to Dharma class, if not strapped by work again. Time is running out, but I seem to have no choice but to choose working over learning. Answer: If being too busy recurs too often, there might need to see if it makes...

Have You ‘Signed Up’ For Spiritual Insurance?

Jun. 20 | Much spiritual insurance does create enough material insurance. – Shilashanti Someone asked if monastics buy health insurance. Well, I do not know who did, if any, while there can be many reasons why others did not – such as due to not knowing about...

Do You Learn & Practise Buddhism Sincerely?

Jun. 13 | Sincerity is needed to master any worldly skill, much more spiritual skills. – Nowanden A Dharma friend shared that a mutual friend (who is an acquaintance), who used to sing Buddhist songs, had recently given up on Buddhism. My reply was this –...

How The Buddha Saved A Suicidal Girl

May. 3 | 诸佛念念念众生… All Buddhas, from thought to thought, [who are] are mindful of all beings… – Shilashanti According to the ‘Rajjumala-vimāna’, there was a servant’s daughter in Gayā, who was scolded and physically...

Always Listen To Continually Learn

Jan. 29 | Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible. – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama [A]fter Sulak [Sivaraksa] saw a photograph in which the Dalai Lama was drinking Coca-Cola, [h]e mentioned his disapproval when he met with the Tibetan leader in Dharamsala....

Diligence Haiku

Dec. 19 | All the time in the world due to (endless) rebirth(s)? Ever less time in this life due to (impending) death! How many more times do you wish to assume you have enough time? May all be diligent to learn and practise the Dharma… in time.
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