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How To Delight The Buddhas 如何令佛欢喜

Oct. 4 | 若于众生尊重承事, 则为尊重承事如来。 若令众生生欢喜者, 则令一切如来欢喜。 何以故?诸佛如来, 以大悲心而为体故。 因于众生而起大悲, 因于大悲生菩提心, 因菩提心成等正觉。 –...

Do We Chant Just To Show Respect?

Sep. 24 | Question: Is chanting to express respect to Buddha? How does it help us and others? Answer: Chanting should always be practised respectfully, so as to be attentive, to receive the teachings chanted well. But chanting is not done just to express respect...

‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ & The Dharma?

Jun. 3 | The KonMari Method is a technique to organise material stuff at home. Its first step is to heap especially clothes in one giant pile – to realise how much ‘more than enough’ one has. This creates motivation to declutter and to sort what...

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...

‘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 | The following is a beloved classic teaching on patience (忍辱), called ‘Hánshān Asks Shídé’《寒山问拾得》or ‘Hánshān’s [And] Shídé’s Patience Song’《寒山拾得忍耐歌》, with notes on its meaning. 稽首文殊,寒山之士。南无普贤,拾得定是。 [I]...

A Zen Master’s 3 Lessons

Oct. 25 | If you think you are either superior or inferior to someone, an invisible wall goes up between you. Treat him like an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. When you let your guard down, so will he. – Haemin Sunim I heard a story from Korea…...

Verse On Hermitages

Jul. 18 | 见处林薮, 当愿众生, 应为天人, 之所叹仰。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第104偈) Seeing [those] residing in forest hermitages, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, be worthy of heavenly [and] human beings’ praise...

Is It Alright To Have A Buddha Image In A Fish Tank?

Jul. 18 | Question: Is there any wrong with keeping a Buddha statue in an aquarium in my room? Answer: While a statue being in a room is alright as long as nothing disrespectful is done in there, as the aquarium is with fish waste, it is not considered respectful...

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...

What To Relate To The Triple Gem?

Oct. 24 | Question: Is there a right attitude we should have when relating to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arhats, the Dharma (the Buddhist teachings), the Sangha and Dharma teachers? Answer: What mentioned above included the Triple Gem (Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha),...

Should ‘Buddha Candles’ Be Designed Or Used?

Jan. 11 | 依诸相好,而作佛像, 功德广大,无量无边, 不可称数。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (大乘造像功德经) Relying on all forms excellent, for making Buddha images, the meritorious virtues are broad and great, immeasurable and boundless, and...

How To Be ‘Ant-Man’ Without Shrinking!

Aug. 29 | Beyond the first Ant-man movie, many might not know that Ant-man in the comics later acquired the means to be Giant-man. But is it truly possible to shrink and enlarge at all, according to the usual laws of physics known, without becoming too dense or...

Are You Committed To Being Committed?

Jun. 12 | To let another down in a relationship, is also to let oneself down, in one’s relationship to oneself. – Stonepeace | Books A recurring theme in many Western movies, especially of the romantic comedy kind, is that when a pair of lovers (dating,...

Does ‘Laggies’ Lack Respect For Buddhism?

Jun. 4 | In the movie ‘Laggies’, there is a restaurant scene of Megan making childish squeaky noises while tweaking and laughing at the nipples of a ‘Laughing Buddha’ statue. (It is actually an image of Master Budai, a manifestation of...

Can Buddhists Pray To Gods?

Mar. 5 | Question: Is it alright for Buddhists to just pray as form of respect to deities (gods), but not to request anything from them? Answer: It is alright for Buddhists to express respect but there should not be a sense of utmost reverence and absolute refuge,...
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