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To What Extent Should The Dharma Be Protected? 护法应当到什么程度?

Sep. 23 | 于诸佛净戒,护持如明珠。— 释迦牟尼佛《梵网经菩萨戒本》Of all the Buddhas’ pure precepts,protect and uphold them like bright pearls.— Śākyamuni Buddha (Brahma Net Sūtra’s Bodhisattva Precepts) The...

Be Mindful Of Precepts To Be Near The Path 念戒近道

Jul. 25 | 佛子离吾数千里,忆念吾戒,必得道果。在吾左右,虽常见吾,不顺吾戒,终不得道。 — 释迦牟尼佛《四十二章经》: 第三十七章 The Buddha’s disciples departed from me for several thousand...

Should You Choose ‘Truth Or Dare’?

Jul. 21 | The two choices of the ‘Truth or Dare’ game are less conflicting than usually thought, a false dichotomy. Since when has telling the truth been kind of the opposite of doing a dare? The curse in the story aside, since when do we need...

The Buddha’s Two Authorities Within Four Great References For All

Jan. 30 | For that which I have proclaimedand made known as the Dharma and the Discipline,that shall be your Master when I am gone.– Śākyamuni Buddha(Mahāparinibbāṇa Sutta) What if you encounter a so-called famous ‘master’, who claims...

Verse For Wearing Precepts’ Robe 搭缦衣偈

Jan. 10 | 善哉解脱服,钵吒礼忏衣, 我今顶戴受, 世世常得披。 This excellent liberation garment,the patta* prostration and repentance robe,I now with my crown support and receive it,** in life after life, may I always attain draping...

How To Prevent Breaking Of Precepts & What To Do When They Are Broken

Dec. 10 | Question: After committing to the precepts, what should be done if one breaks them? Answer: There should be sincere repentance to express remorse and resolution to not repeat the mistake again. This can be done with chanting of the Repentance...

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Lack Of Logic On Balance 

Oct. 28 | A key philosophical problem with the Star Wars universe is that it is ‘romantically’ yet unrealistically portrayed in terms of balance. For example, Luke Skywalker explains the force as so to Rey, ‘The force is not a power you have....

[F] How Do Sūtras Disappear In This Dharma-Ending Age? 佛经如何在末法时期消失?

Sep. 5 | 恶人转多, 如海中沙。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《佛说法灭尽经》 Evil persons will multiply to be many, like sands’ number within the ocean. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of The Dharma’s Complete End) According...

[E] How Is The Monastic Community Destroyed In The Dharma-Ending Age? 僧团如何在末法时期被破坏?

Aug. 29 | 吾涅槃后法欲灭时,五逆浊世魔道兴盛。 – 释迦牟尼佛《佛说法灭尽经》 After my Parinirvāṇa, when the Dharma is about to end,in this Five Heinous Transgressions’and Five Defilements’ Evil Age,demonic paths...

[D] Why Even The Enlightened Cannot Prevent The Dharma-Ending Age 为何甚至觉者阻止不了末法时期

Aug. 22 | 首楞严经,般舟三昧,先化灭去。十二部经寻后复灭,尽不复现,不见文字。– 释迦牟尼佛《佛说法灭尽经》 The Śūraṅgama Sūtra, and the Pratyutpanna Samādhi Sūtra,will be the first sūtras to transform...

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...

Extend The Five Precepts To Cover All

May. 29 | As all moral precepts extend from the Five Precepts, they are basic yet profound, in implications and applications. – Shilashanti Sulak reinterprets in Seeds of Peace the first five Buddhist precepts of abstaining from killing, stealing, lying, sexual...

Can Buddhists Have Tattoos?

May. 28 | Question: Is it alright for Buddhists to have tattoos? Answer: Tattooing is okay… provided that what tattooed is not misrepresentative or disrespectful of the Buddhas (or any other enlightened beings), and the Buddhist teachings.  Even if a...

Who Are You Behind That Mask? (‘Hema Hema’s Dharma Drama On Karma)

May. 23 | What if there is an secret camp of sorts, amidst the mountains, where for a fortnight, all don masks to hide their true identities, and are free to do whatever they wish? There, almost anything goes, though there are some basic rules to ensure there...

‘The Song Of Patience By Hánshān & Shídé’ As Sung By The Bodhisattvas Mañjuśrī, Samantabhadra & Maitreya 文殊、普贤与弥勒菩萨所唱的《寒山拾得忍耐歌》

May. 16 | 古人云:「何以息谤?」 曰:「无辩。」 又云:「吃得小亏,则不至于吃大亏。」   余三十年来屡次经验,深信此数语真实不虚。     弘一大师   《弘一大师全集》   Ancient ones say, ‘With...
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