Wednesday, 30 November 2016

10 Interesting Facts About Buddha

1.     The 3 major tenents Buddha taught his followers were not to be ignorant, hate others, or get angry.

    Originally born a wealthy prince, he left it all behind to pursue the path of truth when he saw the poverty and sickness beyond his palace walls. This also led him to drop his birth name, Siddartha Gautama.

    Buddha was not as chubby as many depictions of him would make it appear– he was mainly portrayed this way because it was symbolic of happiness in the east. He practiced moderation in all things, fasted regularly, and spent most of his time walking hundreds of miles spreading the philosophy of enlightenment. 

    A few days after his birth, it was predicted by a wise old man that he would later become a great king or a saint that would change the world.

    At the time of Buddha’s quest for enlightenment, there were many religious practices that called for either intense overindulgence in the senses, or strict deprivation such as weeks of fasting. Realizing that neither were truly beneficial, he devised what would later be known as “The Middle Way” to enlightenment…a balanced approach that emphasized inward rather than outward renunciation.

    To achieve enlightenment, Young Siddhartha vowed to sit under a fig tree and meditate until he transcended suffering. At the end of an extremely long meditation and mental battle with Mara (the god of desire), he became awakened and was then known as the Buddha.

    Unlike most religions or spiritual beliefs, Buddha’s teachings were spread by nonviolent methods such as word of mouth or carvings on prominent stone buildings.

    Practicing Buddhists view Buddha as a teacher and not a god or avatar.

    Buddha’s spot of enlightenment underneath the bodhi tree is still preserved to this day.

  Buddha taught and traveled his entire life until the age of 80 when he passed away. His final request of his followers was this: “All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation.”

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Monday, 28 November 2016



Saturday, 26 November 2016





Friday, 25 November 2016

The Four Bodhisattva Practices

The journey to Buddhahood is very long. On this journey one must walk the Bodhisattva Path and practice the six paramitas: giving, precepts, forbearance, diligence, samadhi, and wisdom. However, cultivators often become tired along the way. To help us overcome this challenge, we need to develop the spirit of the Four Bodhisattva Practices. 

I. Practice over eons of time 
The Buddha said it takes three asamkhyeya kalpas of cultivation to reach Buddhahood. How long is one asamkhyeya kalpa? It is a period of four medium kalpas, each of which is made up of twenty minor kalpas. One minor kalpa is the length of time for the average human life expectancy to increase and decrease. 

Starting with the average life expectancy for humans as 10 years, for every 100 years, the life expectancy increases by one year until the average life expectancy becomes 84,000 years. People’s life’s expectancy increases when their hearts are pure and the world they live in is peaceful and harmonious. When people’s hearts become impure, conflicts will arise, causing wars, famine, and epidemics. In addition, human’s destructive actions also cause natural disasters. Hence, from 84,000 years, the life expectancy then decreases by one year for every 100 years until it reaches 10 years. 

Therefore, one minor kalpa is the time it takes for the average life expectancy of humans to increase from 10 years to 84,000 years and then to decrease to 10 years. So, three asamkhyeya kalpas is indeed a very long time. During this time, we are bound to encounter obstacles, such as criticisms and inner struggles, which test our faith in cultivation. We might become exhausted and feel discouraged, so we must learn to practice over eons of time without growing tired of cultivation. 

The six paramitas allow us to overcome these obstacles. The first paramita encourages us to give, whether it is our strength, material goods, time, or effort. The second paramita is upholding Buddhist precepts to keep our heart and mind pure, followed by practicing forbearance to accept any situations, including difficult people and criticisms. The paramita of diligence allows us to make progress and always stay on the Bodhisattva Path. The fifth paramita is developing samadhi by training ourselves to be mindful with our thoughts and actions, always thinking meticulously, and being able to discern right from wrong. The last paramita is gaining wisdom, which guides us on the path of cultivation. The six paramitas help us develop the endurance we need for cultivation.

II. Practice cultivating blessings, wisdom, and virtues continually
Eons of time are made up of single moments. By cultivating every moment of his time, the Buddha perfected his blessings, wisdom, and virtues. To attain Buddhahood, one must also cultivate blessings, wisdom, and virtues. Life after life, the Buddha served living beings in the five realms: hell, animal, hungry ghost, human, and heaven, by delivering them from suffering. In continually doing so, he increased his blessings and wisdom.

In our cultivation, we must also spend all of our time doing good deeds and helping living beings just like the Buddha. In this way, we will accumulate blessings, gain wisdom, and develop our virtues.

III. Practice uninterrupted cultivation
It takes three great kalpas worth of cultivation to attain Buddhahood; thus, to make progress we must seize time to cultivate diligently. However, we often tend to neglect our cultivation when our mind is interrupted by afflictions, ignorance, and delusion. Such spiritual illnesses cloud our mind. Without mental clarity, we waste precious time being caught up with people issues, matters, and material things. Therefore, we must be aware of these afflictions and ignorance and not let them interrupt us.

IV. Practice with respect
In our cultivation, we need to practice having a respectful heart. First, we must have respect for the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Having perfected his virtues, the Buddha has set an example for living beings in accomplishing Buddhahood. The Dharma, Buddha’s teachings, allows us to comprehend life’s truth and all the workings of the universe. The Sangha, a community of Buddhist monastics that upholds the teachings and spreads the Dharma, guides us on the path of cultivation and helps us to understand the Dharma. Without the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, it would be difficult to attain enlightenment. Therefore, we need to be grateful and respectful to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

In addition, we need to respect every person because everyone has an innate Buddha nature and is capable of becoming a Buddha. On the other hand, as we encounter and learn more of the teachings, we must not allow arrogant thoughts about our own Dharma knowledge or feelings of superiority to arise in us. We have to remain humble and respectful.

The road to enlightenment is long and takes eons of time to complete its course. Therefore, while practicing the six paramitas, we must keep in mind the Four Bodhisattva Practices, and practice respectfully and diligently over eons of time without interruption to accumulate blessings, wisdom, and virtues. That is the attitude to embrace in our spiritual cultivation.

From Dharma Master Cheng Yen's Talks
Compiled into English by the Jing Si Abode English Editorial Team

Thursday, 24 November 2016

誹謗三寶,苦毒無量 (淨空大師)







Wednesday, 23 November 2016






——普超三昧經(節錄) 西晉三藏法師竺法護譯

文 / 頓強居士

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

[佛教故事] 木師與畫師




















典故摘自:《雜譬喻經》 來源:中台世界 - 佛典故事

Monday, 21 November 2016











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Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Layman Ariya Jotika, the Rich Man with Inestimable Wealth

He was born of a rich family of Rajagaha. He had the following virtues.
On the day of his birth and the day on which he was given his name all weapons shone forth with flames of light. The ornaments the people wore at the time emitted brilliant rays of light making the whole of Rajagaha shine with brilliance. Sakka, King of devas brought into being a house for him on a very wide plot of land. There appeared a large seven-tiered mansion decorated with seven kinds of jewels. Seven jewel-studded fence-walls appeared, each behind the other and Padetha trees (the trees which can give things as one’s wish) of plenty grew up between them. In the four corners of the plot there appeared  four big pots of gold and four sugar-cane plants of gold whose stems were as big as those of palm-trees and whose leaves were all of gold. The entrance doors of the mansion were guarded by divine ogres.
King Bimbisara honoured him by giving him a specially-made parasol as a symbol of his status as a man of immense wealth. His wife named Satulakayi was a native of a very far away alien land not easily accessible to ordinary human beings. When she came to Jotika,accompanied by devas, she had brought with her only a very small amount of rice grown in her native land and three pieces of flint-stone to be used in making fire for cooking. The rice and the flint-stone were inexhaustible for the rest of her life.
Jotika entertained the King Bimbisara and Prince Ajatasattu, son of King Bimbisara, to a meal of rice, that extraordinary variety his wife had brought with her from her native land. He also gave this rice-meal to members of the King’s royal guard.
King Ajatasattu had a bad will to take Jotika’s wealth and he paid a visit to Jotika again after crowned by killing his own father. Jotika told Ajatasattu that no one on earth could take away any of his possessions or wealth without his consent.
He extended his hand for Ajatasattu to take away his finger-rings if he could take them off. Ajatasattu exerted all his effort to take off the rings, but he could not take any of them off. When Jotika gave his consent, all the 20 finger-rings fell off by themselves. Ajatasattu’s great greediness taught Jotika a great lesson in the nature of avarice.
Jotika became a member of the Samgha and eventually, through the practice of Dhamma,attained to Arahatship. The Buddha praised Jotika for having no craving for his wealth and no lustful attachment to his wife. Then the Buddha delivered a Dhamma discourse, at the end of which many people became Sotapanna Ariyas.
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Friday, 18 November 2016

The Five Rare Occasions (The Five Dullabas)

The followings are the Five Rare Occasions expounded by the Buddha:

(1) Buddhupado Dullabho Lokasamim!
Rare to appear is the Enlightened One in the world.

(2) Manussattabhavo Dullabho!
Rare is to be born as a Human Being.

(3) Dullabha Saddhasampatti!
Rare is to be endowed with the conviction in the Three Gems, Kamma and Its Results.

(4) Pabbajjitabhavo Dullabho!
Rare is to attain the Bhikkhuhood.

(5) Saddhamassavanam Dullabam!
Rare is to hear the Teachings of the Buddha.

Source : Buddhismforbeginnersgroup

Thursday, 17 November 2016





Wednesday, 16 November 2016

《薯仔雜陳湯》 - 素食谱


大火滾開然後慢火煲1 - 2小時。


Tuesday, 15 November 2016


有一個學者。一天,他在某大會場向人們講佛祖絕對不可能存在。當聽眾感覺他言之 有理時,他便高聲向佛祖挑戰說:「佛祖假如你果真有靈,請你下來,在這廣大的群 眾面前把我殺死,我們便相信你是存在的了!」他故意靜靜地等候了幾分鐘,當然佛 祖沒有下來殺死他。他便左顧右盼地向聽眾說:「你們都看見了,佛祖根本不存 在!」

怎知有一位婦人,頭上裹著一條盤巾,站起來對他說:「先生,你的理論很高明,你 是個飽學之士。我只是一個農村婦人,不能向你反駁,只想請你回答我心中的一個問 題:我信奉佛多年以來,心中有了佛的教誨,十分快樂;我心中充滿佛給我的安慰; 因為信奉佛,人生有了最大的快樂。請問:假如我死時發現佛所教誨我的一切根本不 存在,我這一輩子信奉佛,會損失了什麼呢?」 

學者想了好一會兒,全場寂靜無聲,聽眾也很同意農村婦人的推理,連學者也驚嘆好 單純的邏輯,他低聲回答:「女士,我想你一點兒損失也沒有。

農村婦人又向學者說道:「謝謝你這樣好的回答。我心中還有一個問題:當你死的時 候,假如你發現佛的教誨是千真萬確的,也有六道輪迴的存在和超出六道佛土的存 在。我想請問,你損失了什麼?」

學者想了許久,竟無言以對。感言:如果佛不存在,你損失了什麼?但如果真有佛存 在,你又會損失什麼呢? 

值得深思啊! 對於我們每個人,無論信佛與否,都知道佛是善良的、慈悲的,是佑護 人們的,佛的旨意就是教化人們善良、真誠和容忍,人們在危難的時候都祈求佛的保 佑。

真正信佛的人是善良的,他們心中裝著佛的教誨和旨意,他們心中充滿了快樂和感 恩,他們相信善惡有報,他們摒棄罪惡,崇尚善良和友愛、真誠,不好嗎? 

而正因為人不相信佛的存在,不相信善惡有報,人才敢為了個人利益為所欲為,沒有 道德的約束,沒有良心的規範。莎士比亞說過,不要誹謗你所不知道的真理,否則你 的生命將會處於重重危險之中。是的,當你死去的時候,假如你發現真的有佛,佛法 是千真萬確的,也有輪迴和地獄存在,那麼——可貴的善良人,你失去了什麼?!

人性是善惡同存的,人信佛可以止惡揚善,人的心靈得到真正的愉悅;相反地,人不 信佛,人的善念就會被蹂濘,人會為所欲為,與動物無異。看看我們的周圍,一個沒 有正確信仰的世界,人們已經分不清什麼才是真正的善與惡了。 

真誠,善良,忍讓,這些人類最美好的精神信仰被人拋在腦後,拜金主義代替了人們 的善念(人們拜佛還是為了名利),迷失了的人們找不到生命的真正意義。  

眾善奉行,諸惡莫作。善念的種子在我們的心裡,不停的澆灌正面的信念,我想您一 點也不會損失,而且還會收穫幸福美滿的人生!

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