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How Can We Handle Our Jealousy?

Sep. 13 | Spiritual cultivation is but the actualisation of our pure potential and deactivation of our defiled habits. – Shilashanti When we see those worse off, such as the very poor and sick, we usually genuinely wish that they be free from suffering, to be...

Should The Old Travel Or Watch More TV?

Aug. 29 | The mindless keep missing the common essence of what seems different. – Shilashanti Should the elderly have many leisure trips? Well, this depends on what is done during the trips. If it is just much indulgence in sense pleasures, with total forgetting...

Can There Be Much Yet Nothing To Buy?

Aug. 22 | Knowing exactly what one needs requires wisdom. – Shilashanti In an overheard conversation, participants in a tour group lamented to their guide that there is nothing to buy in the area. Surprised, the guide replied that the hotel they were staying...

The Hitter And The Hit

Jul. 4 | Practise to be as deliberate as you can now, so that you can be as free as you can later. – Shilashanti In the case of archery, the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but one reality… Zen is the ‘everyday mind’;...

‘Toc Toc’, OCD OCD…

May. 24 | ‘Toc Toc’ is a lighthearted take on the serious issue of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). While offering humour, it also offers much needed hope. A band of strangers scheduled for group therapy decide to ‘make the group the doctor’...

‘The Week Of’ Expectation Vs Encouragement?

May. 15 | When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search For Meaning) In the movie ‘The Week Of’, Isaac the boy had to sit on a bench when his baseball coach ushered the...

How ‘Demolition’ Led To Reconstruction

Dec. 21 | A man whose wife died in a car crash is seemingly numb at first. He even tries to cry but found it hard. As it turned out, he was too unmindfully spaced out in the final days of their relationship. So much so, that he was uncertain of what he lost,...

Light In ‘The Darkest Hour’

Sep. 13 | ‘The Darkest Hour’ is really a simple science fiction flick… about invisible and thus insidious aliens, who are energy vampires. As in the case of all sudden catastrophes, be it storms, monsters or zombies, they tend to bring out the...

Impermanence Haiku

Jul. 24 | Since impermanence is a constant truth, be mindful of it now.

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.’...

How Should We View Near Accidents?

Jun. 2 | Question: What is a karmic debt? Will it surely ripen in this lifetime? Answer: A karmic debt is simply negative karma created that has yet to ripen in effect. Its effects can be mitigated with positive karma, as can be seen at https://thedailyenlightenment.com/2009/08/how-to-easier-stomach-a-pinch-of-salt Sincere...

How ‘Jack The Giant Slayer’ Fell Not

Jun. 2 | In this retelling of ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’, while climbing it to rescue a princess, Jack grabs a small twig, that snaps. As he slipped down a little, before getting a grip on the stalk and himself, Elmont the leading knight asks, ‘Fear...

The Most Reliable Buddhist Practice

May. 27 | 丛林以无事为兴盛, 修行以念佛为稳当。 – 百丈大智禅师   《丛林要则二十条》 [In a Buddhist] monastery, [it is] without matters* [that there] is [spiritual] prosperity. For cultivation of [Buddhist] practice, [it is...

Focus Haiku

Mar. 22 | Nianfo is focus on one skill for mastering focus on all other skills [upon reaching Pure Land].

Beware Of Westernised Self-Centric ‘Mindfulness’

Mar. 15 | Realise there is no self within the five aggregates to realise the true self beyond. – Stonepeace | Books But there are significant problems with how Buddhism has been appropriated to fit directly into a Western mind-set and model. Buddhism appealed...
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