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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’...

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Who Returned As Master

Sep. 30 | The Jedi Master Luke Skywalker once saw his apprentice Ben Solo, to be so potentially dangerous, that he almost destroyed him, in a bid to prevent him from actualising this potential. Yet, in that very moment, Skywalker forgot the existence of Solo’s...

Is ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Ours Too?

Sep. 23 | What is the meaning, purpose or point of this life, be it long or short? These existential issues are pondered by a dog, who is able to recall several immediate past lives. Is it just to have fun and games, to play and eat? If only it is that simple....

Are You ‘Possessed’ Of Even Quicker Wits?

Jul. 29 | In ‘Possessed’ is an interesting scene of how a ‘sha-(C)on-man’ persuaded a (D)evotee to part with her money. As follows is the dialogue with comments between… C: You need to throw one. D: Are you talking about ‘gut’...

Is Spiritual Practice Easier In This World? 在这个世界比较容易修行吗?

Jul. 18 | 我观是 阎浮众生, 举心动念, 无非是罪。 – 地藏菩萨 《地藏经》   I see that of these Jambudvīpa sentient beings [here], with their raising of minds and moving of thoughts, none are not with transgressions.   – Kṣitigarbha...

How To Give Wisely To Those Truly In Need?

Jul. 9 | Question: Once, a well-dressed lady walked up to me on a shopping street and asked for money for dinner. I gave her $2 but she asked for $10 persistently. I then walked away. On another occasion, a man who saw me praying at a temple showed me a scarred...

How To Truly Know Anyone

Jul. 3 | The fool assumes quickly. The wise observes slowly. – Shantishila The nature of the human mind is unpredictable. As Pessa has observed and the Buddha endorsed in his reply that the mind’s involved and tangled behaviour is difficult to understand...

True Practice Is What Matters

May. 31 | Much though he recites the sacred texts, but acts not accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who only counts the cows of others – he does not partake of the blessings of the holy life. Little though he recites the sacred texts, but puts the...

‘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]...

Not ‘Possessed’ Of Enough Compassion & Wisdom

May. 16 | Featured in the middle of season 1 of ‘Possessed’, are some dialogues that a fictitious ‘monk’ has. Try to spot the Dharma mistakes… The senior monk asks a few young child monks who returned to the Korean monastery if they...

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...

Does Śākyamuni Buddha Have His Own Pure Land? 释迦牟尼佛有自己的净土吗?

Apr. 3 | 末世法灭之时, 特驻此经, 百年在世, 接引众生, 往生彼国。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《无量寿经》 When it is the last period of the Dharma-Ending Age [which is this era], I will specially retain this Sūtra, for one hundred...

The Buddha’s Words On Loving-Kindness (Karaniya Metta Sutta)

Mar. 27 | [1] He sleeps in comfort. [2] He awakes in comfort. [3] He sees no evil dreams. [4] He is dear to human beings. [5] He is dear to non-human beings. [6] Devas (gods) protect him. [7] Fire, poison, and sword cannot touch him. [8] His mind can concentrate...

Should You Eat Animals?

Mar. 20 | [W]e are supposed to be the refuge and protector of all infinite beings. The beings with unfortunate karma that we are supposed to be protecting are instead being killed without the slightest compassion, and their boiled flesh and blood are being presented...

Difference Between The Wise & Foolish 智愚之分

Mar. 14 | 愚者自知愚, 彼即是智人。 愚人自谓智, 实称真愚夫。 释迦牟尼佛 《法句经》 A fool who knows about his foolishness, just by that he is like a wise man. And a fool, who is proud of his cleverness, he is indeed called a...
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