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Why Be A Lapsed ‘Buddhist’?

Dec. 5 | 只看好样子…Only looking at good examples…  – 净土宗十三祖印光大师  – Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng Someone shared a testimonial on how a person gave up...

Why Take Threefold Refuge & Receive Five Precepts? 为何受三皈持五戒?

Oct. 3 | First, be inspired by the Triple Gem to take refuge in the Triple Gem. – Shilashanti As the Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng (净土宗十三祖印光大师) taught in his ‘Third Reply Letter To Layperson Gāo Shàolín’...

Can I Listen To The Dharma At Night?

Jul. 23 | Question: Is it not advisable to listen to pre-recorded Dharma teachings too late at night, in case it attracts unseen beings to come, who might cause disturbances? I am however only free at night to listen. Answer: There are unseen beings here and there,...

Six Reflections On ‘Aziz Ansari: Right Now’

Jul. 15 | This is the ironic era, when more comedians are speaking heartfelt truths than some politicians, whose words make a mockery of truth and themselves, often in ways not even funny… Ansari starts his latest comedy special with a confession on his...

Will Dharma Learning & Practice Create Obstacles?

Jun. 27 | The cause of right Dharma learnt gives rise to the effect of right Dharma practised and realised. – Shilashanti Is it so, that with when we are keen to learn and practise the Buddha’s teachings (i.e. the Buddha Dharma), there will be obstacles?...

Do You Learn & Practise Buddhism Sincerely?

Jun. 13 | Sincerity is needed to master any worldly skill, much more spiritual skills. – Nowanden A Dharma friend shared that a mutual friend (who is an acquaintance), who used to sing Buddhist songs, had recently given up on Buddhism. My reply was this –...

I’m Taking A Ride With My Best Friend

Jun. 6 | It all seems so stupid, it makes me want to give up… – Shame: First half of chorus (Depeche Mode) The classic 1987 Depeche Mode concert anthem, ‘Never Let Me Down Again‘, is about a debatable ‘best friend’, who is taking...

How Bodhisattvas Should Always Practise Repentance 菩萨应当如何常修忏悔

May. 8 | 忏悔文 (1) 我昔所造诸恶业, 皆由无始贪嗔痴, 从身语意之所生, 一切我今皆忏悔。 – 普贤菩萨 《华严经: 普贤行愿品》 Verse For Repentance (1) Of all my past created evil karma, all by beginningless greed,...

Should Worldly Customs Override Spiritual Practice?

May. 8 | Question: If the 49th day after the passing of the deceased falls on the first day of the Chinese New Year (CNY), can the 7th post-death chanting ceremony be done before that day? Answer: NO. It should be done accordingly on the actual day. Although...

How The Buddha Saved A Suicidal Girl

May. 3 | 诸佛念念念众生… All Buddhas, from thought to thought, [who are] are mindful of all beings… – Shilashanti According to the ‘Rajjumala-vimāna’, there was a servant’s daughter in Gayā, who was scolded and physically...

Have You Chosen Your Last Thought Yet?

Apr. 26 | The fundamental practice NOW is to take good care of this thought in this moment, from thought to thought, from moment to moment. – Shilashanti What will your last thought be, right before your coming rebirth? As the natural working of death-proximate...

What If I’m Confused By Some Teachings?

Apr. 19 | Question: What if I find some teachers’ teachings confusing, and even potentially misleading? Answer: Never let the Buddha, his Dharma and yourself down. You should sincerely and politely clarify with them, to check your understanding. If it turns...

Where To Meet Amitābha Buddha & Maitreya Bodhisattva Together 如何同见阿弥陀佛与弥勒菩萨

Apr. 11 | 愿我临欲命终时, 尽除一切诸障碍, 面见彼佛阿弥陀, 即得往生安乐刹。 – 普贤菩萨 《普贤菩萨行愿品》 May I, when approaching, almost [at] life’s end, completely eradicate all obstacles, [to] personally...

How To Have Thought Of Being Reborn In Pure Land? 如何作往生想?

Mar. 14 | 唯持名一法,摄机最普,下手最易,不致或起魔事。 – 净土宗十三祖印光大师 [O]nly [the] one method [of] upholding [the] name,gathers [all spiritual] capacities most universally,[and is the] most easy to start [practising],not...

[2] How To See Ourselves When Relating To Others

Dec. 12 | When in the company of others, I shall always consider myself the lowest of all, and from the depths of my heart hold others dear and supreme. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought Transformation’ (Part 2...
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