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The Immortal Index is A Podcast show discussing Chinese webnovel translations of "Xianxia" and/or "Wuxia" - hosted by @StephenLemieux and produced alongside AfterBuzz TV, Rate and comment for a shout out on on the show; and tell me what you'd like to talk about!Xianxia: a type of Chinese Martial Arts novel genre developed from the Wuxia genre that is heavily influenced by Taoism and Buddhism. ... Contrary to the Wuxia genre, Xianxia novels have more elements of fantasy, complete with magic, ...
 
Book Three of the Ammonite Galaxy series: Grace is blaming herself for the death of two good men on Kwaide – even Six’s teasing can’t raise a smile at first. A strange first contact on a distant planet might provide a vital clue to Arcan’s past, but it can’t quite cure Grace of her feelings of guilt. When they arrive on Xiantha, they find a stunning planet; hot, sunny and full of colour. For the first time they can start to relax and enjoy a holiday – at least, until the independent Diva is ...
 
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Attachment VS perseverance Perseverance is a strong aspiration. When we enjoy or understand the significance of what we are doing, we can overcome many difficulties. For example, football fans can wake up early during the World Cup even if they usually can’t. So, the essence of perseverance is to let oneself fall in love with practicing dharma. To …
 
An ideal VS a job It is quite easy for people to transform their pursuit for their dreams as the pursuit of a job, or as some material substances. A job does not equal to a dream, but rather, a job is just one of the ways to realize the dream. A dream is what should be accomplished in people’s mind. It is a state of life, rather than an external ob…
 
A capacity of the mind To take loss as gain means that in the process of getting along with others, we let go of short-term interests or disputes upon tantrums. Instead of cornering others with aggression and competing for advantages in everything, we are willing to take a step back. People who can do so spontaneously do not regard themselves too h…
 
The most powerful mind Great power comes from love and responsibility. We get strong when we desire to protect, to help and to repay others’ kindness. The greatest power comes from shouldering the welfare of all living beings. This is the power of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas, the power of Bodhicitta. On the contrary, the energy of those who always …
 
Strive for the practice of Dharma In our daily life, we can often see many things that should be done by ‘others’ but no one has taken the responsibility to do it. To put it in another way, it is very easy for us to blame others. First of all, we may not totally understand why he/she acted in such a way. There might be certain reasons and considera…
 
Let go of your wronged feeling We are often very tolerant towards ourselves. When we do something wrong, we would simply see it as a “careless mistake”; when we do a bad job, we would think that “I am not perfect, but I gave it my all.” The reason that it’s hard for us to face criticism, even the slightest kind, is that we have the mindset of self …
 
Inexhaustible treasures Living only for oneself, life would be ordinary and just bearable; living for more people, life would be vibrant with colors. Emptiness and loneliness are not results of being alone, but rather lacking purpose in life and not caring for others. Those who always think about making themselves happy are the unhappiest of all, w…
 
Effective communication Communication is not to persuade but to understand. When we try to understand the other side with all sincerity, we will be understood accordingly. Why is it so hard to communicate effectively? One speculation is that we are not skillful speakers. In fact, the real reason is that we are much too skillful. You are skillful. H…
 
Each and every of our virtuous thought In good times, it is easy for us to get carried away and conceited, so we should be modest and prudent and focus inwardly; in times of adversity, we are often pessimistic and desperate, so we should open up a little bit. Think more about the bright side and take it easy. Whatever the situations, once we are at…
 
Adapting to conditions actively Whatever external conditions are, we can always adapt to the conditions to do good deeds and to create virtuous karma. For this adaption to work beautifully with the given conditions, we should have a clear direction and goal in mind. “Opportunity is always ready for those who are well prepared”. This is what is mean…
 
A healthy lifestyle Cherishing one's fortune means cherishing everything one has. Less and less people are doing so nowadays. People want everything to be luxurious, from eating, dressing, working to shopping, completely casting away the good traditions passed down from our ancestors of working hard, being humble and managing the family’s finance d…
 
A compassionate doctor To contemplate the faults in others is the generation of afflictions upon observing the faults or imagined faults in others. When contemplating others’ faults, our mind is in the shadow of afflictions and is deluded. We see only the part we repulse and ignore the bright side. What’s more, we can’t reflect upon our own weaknes…
 
The life purpose Purpose, to put in a colloquial way, is the ‘goal’, which has to be found and established by oneself.The Great Learningsays, “The way of Great Learning lies in the dissemination of brilliant virtues, in showing loving-kindness to ordinary people, and in the pursuit of ultimate goodness.” This is what we call purpose. The purpose of…
 
Sit quietly with him With neither aspirations nor directions, we will find the journey ahead less and less exciting, and we tend to be trapped in confusion and desperation upon tiny bits of setbacks. Before we’ve found our own ideals, we can make friends and learn from those who have a purpose and goal. We may feel the inner light and enthusiasm em…
 
Shouldering the karma One’s own karmic effect cannot be taken by someone else. There is a saying that the venerable masters and sages shoulder the karma for sentient beings, however it is not what we imagine, something like “repaying debts for others”. As the venerable masters and sages have complete compassion and responsibility, they are willing …
 
Real help Buddha is not a god but a mentor. Prostrations and offerings are not made to an idol. Buddhism doesn’t not believe in an outside god who dominates everything, instead, we are our own masters. Through learning the doctrines of Buddhism, we are able to correctly know and observe the laws of the world and of our life, and able to make our li…
 
Plant the karmic seed of a sage Mencius once said, everyone could be Yao and Shun. The Dharma believes that ordinary people can become Buddhas and Bodhisattvas by practicing. Aspiration does not distinguish sages from ordinary people. On the contrary, it is on the base of one’s aspiration that people become what they want to be. Everyone walks alon…
 
Be active and go easy To work hard on the cause and go easy with the effect. The former is meant to change what can be changed while the latter is to let go what can’t be changed. If we don’t work hard on the cause, we are being inactive; if we hold too tight to the effect, we suffer. To be active but not to hold too tight is taking the middle way,…
 
A total mess Others’ troubles and errors are external conditions. The key lies in how we react internally. With a clear understanding of this point, we won’t be affected by others’ afflictions or fall for them. Equipped with right view and right mindfulness, we won’t be swayed by others’ wrong views and agitations. On the other hand, if seeds of af…
 
A brave heart Life needs great aspirations, and personal growth requires the shouldering of responsibilities. Only when we have faith and purpose can the seed of strength be planted in our hearts, which will become increasingly powerful as we keep on forging ahead. The brave can always see paths, while the timid can only see walls. In face of diffi…
 
Who decides our destiny? Our destiny is decided by ourselves. Whether there are blessings or not in our present life is determined by whether we created and accumulated good karma in the past. The key to change our destiny lies in our aspiration, in our body and mind, in the present moment. When we are not satisfied with what we are having now, we …
 
To act upon our good intention If we do not open our heart, if we think too much of ourselves, if our big ego fills every corner of our mind, leaving no room for others, we will feel isolated as a result. If we set ourselves high above others, thinking no one would understand us nor could we change others, we will tend to run further and further aw…
 
This is what we call practice Our afflictions often come up to cheat us in disguise. Sometimes we seem willing to give while deep inside we long for other’s understanding and affirmation. We are in need of other’s encouragement and love. We care very much whether we are happy or not. Our mind is tightly bent to a self. Negligence, to a certain exte…
 
The bright side Seeing others with disdain does not mean that they are no good at all. Instead, it is because we have made a habit out of being picky and whiny, seeing only the faults in others, or even blaming them falsely. Such habit is terrible, because it will attract everything negative, drown people in darkness and create a vicious cycle. Thi…
 
One and the Same We ordinary people can’t lead our lives without connecting ourselves with myriads of conditions. Without parents, we wouldn’t come to this world. Without teachers, we wouldn’t be able to read. Without peaceful social environment, there would be no stability in our life. Without peasants planting crops, there would be no food to fee…
 
On the loving of face Face, in other words vanity, is what one imagines others think of oneself. Often times, it is a pair of heavy shackles tying us down. Those who worry about saving face are constantly tense, minding every single detail, and wanting to please others with all efforts. However, it is easy to lose oneself when chasing after vanity.…
 
On being timid Cowardice is caused by illusions and delusions in one’s heart, just as the saying goes “the ghost inside your mind is what scares you.” One is seriously troubled by delusions when there is a lack of wisdom and merit, which weakens the light of the heart. “Those with merit have a peaceful mind, those with wisdom have no fear.” One sho…
 
Joyous and fearless Not being able to see the whole picture, we tend to be trapped by trivial matters. More often than not, our fret is caused by focusing our mind on an unpleasant point while ignoring, forgetting many beautiful lines worth appreciating. We feel exhausted when we have to do something, have to finish it as a task. Aiming at only a g…
 
Filled with righteousness Endowed with benevolence, treat others with kindness, live with a heart of gratefulness and joy, then we will “have righteousness within that no evil can touch”. One cannot become upright by acting on the spur of the moment. Instead, it requires a clear goal, long-term persistent efforts, and letting go of attachment to pe…
 
Charity as a way of practice The most important thing in doing charity for public good is to have a compassionate heart and the desire to be kind. Bearing this in mind, we can do charity anywhere all the time. Make a vow everyday: may what I say and what I do deliver happiness and hope to others, and can be a help as well. There is no need to worry…
 
Purifying the mind with Dharma Pressure is the piling up of wild thoughts, such as suspicion, worry, misunderstanding, etc. When we try to write down all the causes for our restlessness, we may find they are leading to nowhere, a dead end. It means our inner heart has already been wrapped by the haze of delusions and our mind is dispersed. What we …
 
Playing strong It is not wrong to want to do things right. However, if one is too concerned about results, one can be easily hurt. Meanwhile, a person often plays strong to prove himself to others. Thus, little by little his aim for life is kidnapped by other people’s opinions. He lives for others and deviates from his own direction. To work hard, …
 
Good karma connection In the process of helping others, one gets into trouble himself. This is due to the lack of compassion and wisdom. What’s more, one may get trapped by external conditions due to the demand upon and obsession with others. The way out is to realize these faults, to make a great vow for more diligent cultivation in listening to, …
 
Everytime you think you can’t make it To help deal with one’s habit of laziness and indolence, One of readily available ways is to resort to an external helper. For instance, if you’d like to build up your body, please find a fitness coach for your schedule making and implementation, or attend a course with persistence. It’ll be much more effective…
 
Enlightenment Enlightenment takes on many forms. Usually, people see it as looking on the bright side, not being a hair-splitter and so on. In fact, seeing the reason behind life and death is also enlightenment. Enlightened, one can transcend life and death, and escape the cage of dream-thinking. To live is to learn how to become enlightened. There…
 
Be responsible for ourselves//Self-underestimation为自己负责//自轻 Whether we are studying or working, We need not to please others. One should be responsible for oneself. All dharmas have no intrinsic nature. Success is due to favorable causes and conditions, Failure is due to unfavorable causes and conditions; So long as we change causes and conditions,…
 
All will be gone What is past is past. Yet, we cling to it as reality. Instead of letting go, we are more willing to take past to heart, and suffer. The right way is to see the past as empty. Everything in this world is impermanent and has the characteristic of emptiness. They are just like dreams, illusions, bubbles, shadows. In the end, external …
 
Aspiration After aspiring to do something, it is common for us to no longer feel motivated the second day, or give up on it when facing difficulties. Therefore, we should reinforce it everyday. Meanwhile, we need help from our surroundings, to protect our aspiration in an environment of good Dharma. Others can provide external help, but the aspirat…
 
A monster-reflecting mirror We may feel nothing about encountering obstacles in doing a task that is in the charge of other people, but we may become as restless as ants on a hot pan when doing it under our own charge, afraid of being teased for screwing it up. We may feel wronged or painful while being misunderstood in doing a good deed; and lonel…
 
Yesterday and today Experiencesfrom the past can give us knowledge; Plansfor the future can provide us with direction. Itis necessary to give attention to both, aswe all have end of the year performance reviews, newyear resolutions, etc. Satisfactionfrom bygone achievements orfrustration caused by past failures iscalled clinging; disappointmentand …
 
To be a mature person in character // notso perfect Be tolerant of one’s own and others'faults, rather than striving for perfection; Know humility and give in, Instead of being competitive all the time; Always be grateful for the efforts andkindness of others, Instead of complaining and criticizing; Know where one wants to go And keep working hard …
 
The bright side We should not harbor the thought of excludingothers because each person around is related to us closely. To exclude othersis to exclude ourselves by robbing ourselves the space of life. In the society,all sorts of problems, misunderstandings, conflicts and obstacles would springup in our relations with others. It is easy for exclusi…
 
Tame oneself If the relationship between children andparents is not good, it indicates that both sides have room for improvement. Parentsdon’t know how to raise their children and children do not know how to lovetheir parents. Bad relationship is only the fruition. The best remedy is forboth sides to change and to grow up together. However, to init…
 
Not understood by others If we keep aloof from others, or observe others from the edge of theworld, we would tend to think that no one understands us and it is impossblefor us to change others either. Consequently, we begin to escape from havinganything to do with the world, and loneliness creeps in. If you suffer fromthis, read on to see how the g…
 
Long-lastingfortune Observe closely the history ofindividuals, families, corporates and even countries, you will find they are allcaught in the cycle of rise and fall. The stronger ones decline gradually; whilethe weaker ones become powerful little by little. When the golden peak isreached, all sorts of extravagant, dissipated and chaotic phenomena…
 
How to deal with people who hurt you? -Forbearance Forbearance means to protect one's mind And to keep the evil thoughts from arising. What we shall endure is not things orpeople from the outside, But afflictions from within. Mind of hatred is not a strong one, And forbearance is not surrender either. Deal with those people who hurt us before With …
 
HeartTransformation If we have ever hurt others by what we say, we need to work on sayingmore words of kindness, words that are encouraging, comforting, and inspiring.Guided by the right view, we need to observe and reflect upon ourselves.Noticing our tendency of belittling others, we immediately remind ourselvesthat it is not right. When we are ab…
 
Guiding Yourself with the Future If everything goes well, right up one’s alley, one is inclined to stand still and confine himself to where he is. Only by challenging himself, can a man make progress. So, don’t set limit on yourself, then you’ll find your way unlimited. If we climb a mountain but give it up halfway, nothing will be changed; Only wh…
 
Dead log and stubborn stone Not to do evil is called to observe precepts. To do good is also called to observe precepts. Not to do what should be done is called the violation of precepts. He who observes clean precepts enjoys free control of one’s mind, not to be overwhelmed by bad karma or afflictions. Instead,he is soft and clear-minded, consciou…
 
The right way to think It is quite often for people to blame external factors when things go ugly, but to praise themselves when things carry on beautifully. This is silly, and it is just this kind of upside-down thinking that causes many troubles and sorrows. Instead, the wise way is to face the difficult situation and reflect upon yourself deeply…
 
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