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Abide In The Middle To Attain The Path 处中得道

Sep. 11 | 沙门夜诵迦叶佛遗教经,其声悲紧,思悔欲退。佛问之曰:「汝昔在家,曾为何业?」对曰:「爱弹琴。」佛言:「弦缓如何?」对曰:「不鸣矣。」「弦急如何?」对曰:「声绝矣。」「急缓得中如何?」对曰:「诸音普矣。」佛言:「沙门学道亦然,心若调适,道可得矣。于道若暴,暴即身疲。其身若疲,意即生脑。意若生脑,行即退矣。其行既退,罪必加矣。但清净安乐,道不失矣。」 —...

Three Ways To See Mountains And Rivers 三看山水

Jun. 18 | [1] 参禅之初,看山是山,看水是水。[2] 禅有悟时,看山不是山,看水不是水。[3] 禅中彻悟,看山仍然山,看水仍然是水。— 青原惟信禅师 (意译) As above, it was proposed by Chán Master Qīngyuán...

Horizon Haiku

Feb. 12 | Line of no line – horizon Form of no form – wave There but not there – Middle Path

Lessons On ‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’

Jan. 29 | ‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’ begins with a lesson summarising them… ‘Caregiving is not just about feeding and clothing and cleaning. It is about understanding how to navigate a complicated relationship between those who give...

[8] How To Be Released From Attachment

Jan. 23 | Undefiled by the stains of the superstitions of the eight worldly concerns, may I, by perceiving all phenomena as illusory, be released from the bondage of attachment. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’...

The Rise & Fall Of ‘Icarus’

Aug. 29 | In his acceptance speech at the 90th Oscars ceremony for best documentary feature ‘Icarus’, the director Bryan Fogel said, ‘We dedicate this award to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, our fearless whistleblower who now lives in great danger....

How Do You Grasp Emptiness?

Dec. 28 | 色不异空;空不异色; 色即是空;空即是色;– 心经 (观世音菩萨) Form is not different from emptiness; emptiness is not different from form; form is the same as emptiness; emptiness is the same as form. – Heart Sutra (Guanshiyin...

How To Appreciate Blooming & Withering Peonies

Dec. 13 | 色不异空; 空不异色; 色即是空; 空即是色。 – 观世音菩萨 (心经) Form is not different from emptiness; emptiness is not different from form; form is the same as emptiness; emptiness is the same as form. – Guanshiyin...

Should One’s Past Form Be Seen As Empty?

Aug. 2 | Question: It is said that we should not be attached to emptiness… Answer: … and not be attached to form too, while it is practically safer to be skilfully ‘attached’ to pure forms (such as that of Pure Land) as the best stepping...

When Is Your Good Or Bad Karma’s ‘Due Date’?

Jul. 13 | Near the beginning of the movie ‘Due Date’ is a minor accident before Ethan and Peter enter an airport. Ethan tries to console Peter – ‘My father always had a saying. When a day starts like this, it’s all uphill from here.’...

True Liberation

Feb. 22 | He who cling to emptiness And neglects compassion, Does not reach the highest stage. But he who practices only compassion, Does not gain release from toils of existence. He, however, who is strong in practice of both, Remains neither in Samsara nor in...

The Middle Way

Nov. 3 | ‘All exists,’ Kaccayana, this is one extreme, ‘All does not exist,’ this is the other extreme. Without veering towards either of these extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma by the Middle Way. — Sakyamuni Buddha     (Samyutta...

‘Begin Again’, Play It Again?

Feb. 24 | ‘But are we all lost stars, trying to light up the dark?’ If you are a recording artist, trying to get your big break into the music scene, one song might change your life – for better or worse. If it is moving enough, resonating with many,...

Are There ‘Buddhist’ Extremists?

Oct. 20 | Question: How is it that there are some ‘Buddhist monastics’, who are supposed to be good at practising Metta (loving-kindness), who have instead become extreme racists against minorities in their countries? Answer: This is because they are...

Can You Say Your True Name?

Sep. 25 | The past mind cannot be attained, The present mind cannot be attained, The future mind cannot be attained. – Diamond Sūtra (Śākyamuni Buddha) 过去心不可得, 现在心不可得, 未来心不可得。 – 金刚经 (释迦牟尼佛) In the...
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