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The Lotus Sūtra’s Verses For Breaking Free From Hell 法华经之破地狱偈

Dec. 11 | 破地狱偈 [3] 每自作是念: ‘以何令众生, 得入无上道, 速成就佛身?’ – 释迦牟尼佛 《法华经》如来寿量品第十六 Verse For Breaking Free From Hell [3] [I] always personally have this thought, ‘With...

Test Well For Gold

Nov. 27 | 比丘与智者, 当善观我语, 如炼截磨金, 信受非唯敬。 – 釋迦牟尼佛 Monastics and wise ones, should well contemplate my words, like burning, cutting and rubbing [to test for] gold, with faithful acceptance not only out of...

How To Handle Workplace Non-Listeners

Nov. 19 | Question: How do I handle a slightly senior co-worker, who is not exactly my superior, but tells other colleagues that I will do this and that. When I do not handle the ‘promised’, she tells them that I am calculative. Yet, if I do, it...

‘The Angel’ Of Peace?

Nov. 19 | ‘The Angel’ tells the supposedly true story, of how an alleged double-agent high in political office cried wolf, on oncoming war, to avert war itself. The stakes were not just a sheep or two, but many potential human casualties between countries....

Did The Buddha Ever Say The Disagreeable?

Nov. 1 | What the Buddhas think, say and do is out of perfect compassion for all sentient beings. – Simokwang As recorded in the Abhayarājakumāra Sutta, Prince Abhaya asked the Buddha if he would ever say something disliked or disagreeable by others…...

The Secret Life Of ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’?

Nov. 1 | This imaginative telling of Lincoln’s life as a part-time vampire hunter is an elaborate allegory perhaps, of how capitalistic slave-owners were like exploitative and unrelenting ‘bloodsuckers’, who would not stop till they took over...

Pure Land Teachings Within Earliest Found Buddhist Scriptures (Before The Pāli Canon Formed)

Sep. 5 | We have the impression [through the earliest found sūtras]… that [the] Mahāyāna [tradition] was NOT distinct from [so-called] ‘mainstream’ Buddhism at this period [when these sūtras were being recorded], as it became [institutionalised...

The Rise & Fall Of ‘Icarus’

Aug. 29 | In his acceptance speech at the 90th Oscars ceremony for best documentary feature ‘Icarus’, the director Bryan Fogel said, ‘We dedicate this award to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, our fearless whistleblower who now lives in great danger....

Doubt The Doubtful To Realise The Truthful

Jul. 11 | Be it with skepticism or faith in the Buddha’s teachings, the Buddha welcomes all to question them, all to question him. – Stonepeace Near the beginning of Śākyamuni Buddha’s life of extensive teaching, as recorded in the Kālāma Sutta,...

The Buddha’s Leading Lay Disciple’s Dialogue With Mahavira

Jul. 11 | In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual, untrue, unbeneficial, unendearing and disagreeable to others, he does not say them. – Sakyamuni Buddha (Abhaya Sutta) [Citta was the model Buddhist layman whose learning and behaviour the...

Without ‘Doubt’, The Best Anti-Gossip Sermon?

Jul. 4 | In the movie ‘Doubt’, Father Brendan Flynn masterfully delivered this unnerving sermon… ‘A woman was gossiping with her friend about a man whom they hardly knew… [Note: Such is the nature of gossip, which is spread of the...

Verse On Orthodoxy

Jun. 6 | 见论议人, 当愿众生, 于诸异论, 悉能摧伏。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第96偈) Seeing those in debates,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, of all heterodox teachings,** all be able to destroy and subdue them.’*** –...

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...

A Monk To A King On Listening To Good Advice

May. 15 | As skilful means, say the true, beneficial, and even possibly displeasing  only at appropriate times.  If a king acts in a way that contradicts the Dharma or does something that does not make sense, most of his subjects still praise him. Hence, it is...

The ‘Black Mirror’ That Reflects Darkness

May. 4 | One of, if not the most thought-provoking Netflix series is Black Mirror. What does the title refer to? It is what you are looking at now – the screen of your phone, computer or TV, that is black by default. The series explores how current and future...
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