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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...

The ‘Three Provisions’ For Accomplishing Everything

Sep. 20 | 设我得佛,十方众生, 至心信乐,欲生我国, 乃至十念,若不生者,不取正觉。 唯除五逆,诽谤正法。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《佛说无量寿经》 阿弥陀佛第十八大愿 If I, [Dharmākara Bodhisattva] attain...

Practice Haiku

Sep. 5 | Spiritual cultivation is the exorcism of personal demons.

Faith Haiku

Aug. 29 | Lack of faith in Dharma practice is simply due to your lack of Dharma-learning. Lack of faith in Dharma learnt is simply due to your lack of Dharma practice.

Learning Haiku

Aug. 8 | Keep relearning the Dharma, even what already known, to check if it is practised well.

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...

Will We Face Obstacles During Buddhist Practice?

Jul. 5 | It is not that we have to be free of obstacles to practise the Dharma, but that we practise the Dharma to be free of obstacles. – Stonepeace | Books There is a popular notion that obstacles are frequent when attending Dharma assemblies for retreats,...

Oceanography, Meteorology, Astronomy, Swimology

Jun. 13 | Even much accurate theory that is yet to be practised is yet to be practical. – Stonepeace | Books There was a Professor taking a sea voyage in a little boat and one night he goes up to the old sailor and says, “Hey old man, what do you know about...

Difference Haiku

May. 27 | As long as unenlightened, there will be differences between the learnt and realised.

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...

Do Not Be A Wild Fox Zen ‘Master’!

May. 6 | 学说之误人, 只在最初几希之间。 其后之结果, 则无法可收拾矣。 – 净土宗十三祖印光大师 (复谢慧霖居士书十六) Those saying theoretical teachings that mislead others, only, in the beginning, [do not take]...

Verse On Seat

Nov. 23 |   舍跏趺坐, 当愿众生, 观诸行法, 悉归散灭。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第33偈) [When] giving up [the] lotus posture’s seat,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings contemplate [that] all practice...

First Class Devils For Sale

Nov. 3 | Even the shortest path requires some diligence to complete walking it. – Stonepeace | Books One day a fellow was strolling through the marketplace when he came to a stall that said, “For Sale: First Class Devils.” Of course, the man was...

Do Buddhist Talismans Work?

Apr. 6 | Question: Do Buddhist talismans work? What is written on them? If they work, must they be ‘renewed’? Answer: Anything, including paper talismans consecrated by proper Buddhist chanting has some protective abilities due to the power of truth...

A Profound & Essential One-Word Teaching

Jan. 26 | Briefly, without being mindful of death, whatever Dharma practices you take up will be merely superficial. – Milarepa He [Milarepa]… said, ‘I have an unusually profound pith-instruction, but it is too precious to just give it away. I am...
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