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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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问:老师,一个人总是很在意他人的看法如何是好,明知不必在乎,可是遇事依旧很在意他人眼中的自己,Master, what can I do if I always care too much about others’ opinion? I know there is no need to worry but I’m still concerned with what others think of me. 而且总是担心别人对自己有误解,害怕自己的做法伤害他人,回复消息时都要小心翼翼,再三斟酌,这样好心累啊,请老师开导。 And I’m always afraid ofbeing misunderstood and fear that what I do may hurt others. So…
 
问:我总是害怕失败,害怕别人笑话我,于是什么都不敢做。我总是想把事情做到十全十美,虽然我也知道世上无完事,但总会这么想。我从小生活在一个没有人肯定我的家庭中,我还有个妹妹,小时候,她经常不及格,而我总是考班级前几名。可是,我的爸爸总是会鼓励妹妹,夸赞她。而对我,总是大骂,怪我没考满分。 I am always soafraid of failure and ridicule from others that I dare not do anything. Ialways want to make things perfect. Even though I know that there is no perfectthing in the world, I can’t help thinkin…
 
2、问:为何我每做一件事或说了什么话,都有人拿来做文章或背后议论,总怕被人指指点点,特别焦虑! Why do I get picked on or gossiped about behind my back every time Ido or say something? I’m constantlyafraid of what others think about me, feeling especially anxious. 答:大家关注自己,说明自己有值得关注之处,要以此为策励,更加努力向上,散发更多正能量。“仰不愧于天,俯不怍于人”,心安、自得、快乐。 When people pay attention to yourself, you have something to deser…
 
人生活在这个社会中,总会与人打交道,很多人活在他人的眼光中,痛苦不堪。 As youknow, people living in this society always have to deal with each other. Butmany living in others’ eyes gave way to helpless misery. 让智慧来帮助我们战胜这些烦恼吧。 Let thewisdom help us out of these afflictions. 1、 问:今年大龄未婚,前不久工作也没了,越来越自卑自闭,不愿外出也不愿与朋友联系,害怕别人嘲笑瞧不起,心态很不好。请老师指导。 I amabove the average age for marriage but st…
 
Envy, jealousy, hatred Delusion breeds jealousy. To take others’gain as one’s own loss, to separate, and to contrast, all these lead todepression and hatred. While in fact, one doesn’t have to lose anything even ifothers may gain. Everyone lives his separate life. There is absolutely no needto compare, nor is it possible. Unfortunately, one imagine…
 
A soft and open heart To stick to our own ideas does notnecessarily mean to shun others’ opinions. If we are down because of our thoughtsnot being accepted by others, what we really have in mind is only our feelings.We are unable to see the good intention of others not to say to understand andthank them. At that point, our heart is closed and weare…
 
A positive and happy mind Adjustments should be made when work piles up, but most importantly,we should adjust our mindset of resentment. Our mind is like food, essential tothe body. A positive and happy mind can be a source of energy, while a negativeand resentful mind will poison us like food that has gone bad. Every occupationhas its significanc…
 
Wishingfor nothing To wish for nothing is still a wish. It is a wish for liberated ease when alltightly entangled knots are cut off. Therefore, literally, it is not wishing fornothing. There still exists a wish, but fordifferent things. To desire for something does not mean goingupward. The desire for fame and vanity is exactlywhere one starts to d…
 
Who am I? The “self” is a concept created from ourdream-thinking, which means something permanent, autonomous and dominant. Wealways believe that there is an eternal, essential and absolute “self” havingcontrol over life. But Dharma teaches us, in reality,“non-self” isthe truth.“Non-self” does not mean the absence of “self”, but rather thenonexiste…
 
Right and Wrong More often than not, when disputing on"rights and wrongs", we actually have been far removed from thethings in themselves, and fallen into a confused fighting of inner afflictions.As everyone has their own perspectives, the "fact" you see is notnecessarily the same as that your counterpart sees. If either side insist onthe counterpa…
 
I can figure this out To fear andworry about imaginary difficulties is nothing but your own illusions. Even ifnothing occurs, you might already be flooded by waves of pessimistic illusions. Those who’velost their mindfulness tend to think that “what if I cannot do it?” However,those with mindfulness believe that “I can try to figure this out.” For …
 
Generate theinner light Tounderstand all phenomena is to have knowledge; to know the principles behind thephenomena is to have wisdom. With both knowledge and wisdom, one can make sounddecisions when caught in difficult situations. Prajna is theinsight into emptiness. To learn the law of non-self and emptiness, one has to observeprecepts, to practi…
 
Thedouble-headed bird There isa Buddhist story about a double-headed bird. The two heads compete against eachother for fruit. One head deliberately gives the poisonous fruit to the other, andboth heads die. In fact,the same is true of a society. Everyone coexists with others. To harm others isto harm oneself. To be the best is to compete with onese…
 
Why are you so easily swayed by outside conditions? Our purity and kindness are the same as that of our good-knowing advisors. The only difference is the duration. Our moment of clarity of the mind is transient and can be easily wrapped up by outside conditions and afflictions. Whereas, our good-knowing advisors are capable of maintaining this comp…
 
Whom to compare with? What to compare with? Comparisons are not all wrong. The key is to compare what, And with what purpose. We should compare with the sages on virtue,wisdom, Vows and resolution. Thus, to have high esteem and hope for oneself, And to strive to emulate the sages, laying the foundation for the arising of wholesome dharmas. If we co…
 
Turn the mind to a new direction The Buddha Dharma believes that “the mindis like a painter.” Everything in the world, beautiful or ugly, good or bad, areall drawn by our mind. Take for example the photo of our parents, it is nothingbut a piece of paper in others’ eyes. For us, however, it is a symbol of heart-warminglove. At the sight of it, a ran…
 
Tranquility If your mind is agitated, afflictions are stirring up.Tranquility in the Buddhist context is achieved due to wisdom’s capacity to subdue afflictions. No outside changes can sway the mind. Massive power is hidden in such quietness. Humans are like this, easily swayed by conditions. It might be easy to remain calm and get along with the w…
 
The stuff of “I” is no good Some people are greedy for money, some for good reputation. The latter ones are chained to vanity, and not able to be at ease. Once we are aware of such a state, It will stop proliferating. Furthermore, we need to consider: There are one hundred of “I”s in one hundred people’s minds. The perfect images one tries to maint…
 
Not talking about other’s fault When facing problems, most people would blame others for it right away, and seldom reflect on themselves, especially when the other person did do something wrong. Then, they will scold others with an afflicted mind, instead of considering how to change and improve the situation. The teaching of “do not talk about oth…
 
Happy and fearless We may feel extremely tired if we regard doing something as a task that has to be finished, or, if we do it in the hope of getting a good result. While dangling between gain and loss, our heart is greatly distracted. Only when we clearly understand the meaning of what we are doing instead of craving for a certain result, and only…
 
A truly beneficial friend In order to make a truly beneficial friend who dare to give you critical advice, one has to have a big heart. The law of related karma applies here, too. One need to put in great efforts to cultivate one’s own virtue, to aspire for virtuous friends, and to be modest and eager for learning. Then, gradually, virtuous friends…
 
The key to spiritual cultivation To be the oretically right does not meanone’s heart is “right”. The key to spiritual cultivation is to be mindful of this heart all the time, observing whether it is good or bad, sad or happy.When it is not happy, it is suffering. Then it is time to change. How to change one’s perception, thoughts and behavior? Inst…
 
The harder the merrier Everyone can do easy things. However, it is from accomplishing challenging things that one grows up. Stuck in the comfort zone, we turn lazy and careless little by little, hard to sober up again.Initiate the inner strength first. Then learn to make plans, improve efficiency and overcome difficulties. Gradually, our abilities …
 
Melting and leaching The element of gold is contained inside the ore, mingling with other minerals from the very beginning. It is not the case that gold is pure originally but is defiled suddenly one day. To extract gold from its ores, the mineral processing of leaching and melting is needed. It is the same with our mind. On the one hand, we need t…
 
Dedication and aspiration Dedication is made to where our true aspiration lies. It is an echo to our aspiration. Aspiration is made before avirtuous act, as a motivation, while dedication is to strengthen that aspiration. It’s like when we want to obtain something and make money for it. Rather than squander the money, we keep the goal in mind and s…
 
Courage comes after action Procrastination is a typical irrational behavior. Time is wasted while we are slaved by emotions. With more anxieties piling up, we become more emotional and are caught in a vicious circle.Negative emotions do not come from unfinished tasks, but from the one most important thing that waits to be done. This one thing has b…
 
Beat depression The first step is not to be too guilty.Accept yourself, accept the pain. Let the restless heart calm down first. You may light a lamp, imagining breaking the darkness in the mind with the light of wisdom. Make a wish to the sunshine every morning, wishing that all the people who are suffering as you are can walk out of the shadow as…
 
A grateful heart We often say, acknowledge kindness, cherish kindness and repay it. For example, our parents have compassionate kindness for us. They give birth to us, raise us up, and educate us to be accomplished and good citizens. Our parents nourish us mentally and physically in many ways. We should acknowledge and repay their kindness instead …
 
Whose business? In our daily life, we often see many things that “should” be done but are left undone. In a sense, it is very easy for usto see others’ negligence. The truth is, firstly, we may not totally understand why he behaves in such a way. Maybe he has his own reasons and considerations,or he is in trouble and thinks only for himself; or he …
 
The source of light To understand the meaning of life, firstly we should know what life is. For human beings, where does birth come from and where will death lead us to? To be alive is to be in a state, a state of ceaseless striving forward, of aspiration and hope. Our life is propelled by karma. To be alive is to create better karma, to make our s…
 
The Pure Land Pure Land is nowhere to seek from the outside world, but a holy palace to be created from the inside, where one has no sorrow, no loneliness, no greed, no hatred, no delusions, and no afflictions, only the clean, pure, sweet and joyous kindness, and peaceful happiness. 心清净,到处都是净土//极乐世界 极乐世界, 不是外在极乐, 而是内心的极乐—— 没有痛苦,没有孤独, 没有贪嗔痴,没有妄想烦恼, …
 
Powerful good karma Karma is the intentional acts of our body, speech and mind. We create karma every and each moment, leaving traces behind. The invisible and untouchable karmic seeds are hidden and potential forces which will function when outside conditions are favorable. This is just like the quiet growth of a seed. From the surface, no changes…
 
A Humble Heart We often feel good about ourselves. We always believe we are in the right and others in the wrong. However, after one hour, we may feel, well, maybe we are not so right after all. After one, two,or three years, we may even think how naïve we were to ever have thought that way. After five, ten, or twenty years, greater changes will co…
 
A Humble Heart We often feel good about ourselves. We always believe we are in the right and others in the wrong. However, after one hour, we may feel, well, maybe we are not so right after all. After one, two,or three years, we may even think how naïve we were to ever have thought that way. After five, ten, or twenty years, greater changes will co…
 
A clear conscience Sometimes the truth differs from what people believe to be true. Most people base their opinions on their impressions of things rather than on facts. Therefore, we are actually living in our psychological cognition of each other. Once we decide someone is good, then he is good no matter what. Once we believe someone is good, we c…
 
What are you chasing//Not affected by eight desires Are we pursuing what we really want? We will restore strength if we take a break to ponder instead of keep rushing along. Serenity is strength. With this strength we will not be easily swayed by the “five desires and eight winds” for which we do not really desire. When our heart is anchored to sup…
 
The most precious heart// giving Donation is to tame one's stinginess, to cultivate one’s compassion and to broaden the capacity of one's heart. There are three kinds of giving: the one offortune, the one of courage and the one of Buddha Dharma. It is not merely the rich who enjoy the right to give; rather the genuine rarity is a heart full of just…
 
走出迷茫 如果道路正确却仍然感到迷茫, 就是因为对自己的能力失去了信心, 觉得很多事自己做不到, 所以不知所措。 这时不要陷入沮丧的情绪中, 相反应该高兴, 因为已经摸到了自己能力的瓶颈, 就意味着自己提升的机会到了。 多虚心请教他人, 调整自己的原有思路, 脚踏实地去尝试、去改变, 慢慢就能走出困境。 Out of bewilderment If the way is all right yet you are still confused, it is most probably due to your disbelief of your abilities and a kind of feeling that most things are out of reach. Instead …
 
Leisure In Buddhist terminology, “leisure” refers specifically to the human body capable of practicing the Dharma. Among the six realms of existence, only the human realm is best suited to practice Buddhism. And only by the practice through human body, can we have the chance of being liberated and reaching Buddhahood. However, life is impermanent. …
 
Impermanence Impermanence does not deny the value and significance of working for an aim. It encourages us to let go our attachment to anything. For those we love, we do not get greedy;and for those we do not appreciate, no hatred will arise. We cherish what we have and flow with conditions. Meanwhile, impermanence represents change.Therefore, we s…
 
A confident person No one is perfect. Yet, a person of low self-esteemholds on to imperfections, covering everything else with an enlarged version ofthese imperfections, and negate any possibilities for the future. Filled in his mind are the echoes of “I can’t”, “I would ruin it”. One has to be clear that all these perceptions are based on illusion…
 
To be kind to oneself To be kind to one’s parents is to be kind to oneself. To be unfilial to one’s parents is to torture oneself. This is the meaning of family ethics and morality. Buddhism believes in cause and effect.If one is unfilial to one’s parents, then one’s children see that you are unfilial to your parents, they will do the same to you i…
 
Thosewho know how to communicate Communication is to shorten the cognitiondistances between the other person and “I”, rather than to impose our ownopinions on others and replace his minds forcibly. Everyone has his ownopinion. Through communication we know about otherperson’s views and reasons. On the other hand, others also know our thought. Commu…
 
Thestarting point of goodness Modern people tend to be afraid of exposingtheir problems, not brave enough to face their own shortcomings. In fact, noone is perfect. To face our shortcomings and correct them is the way to growup. It is not only children who need to rectify their mistakes. Adults areencouraged to do so, too. To feel ashamed is not to…
 
Puzzles The opportunity is what we call “dependentorigination” in Buddhism. Normally, we could accomplish one task only when allits direct causes and supporting actions take effect harmoniously. Just like ina puzzle, every piece is an indispensable part to make the game a success. If all the other pieces have been put intheir right places, then the…
 
Orchid and peony An orchid needn’t be jealous of a peony,just like the stars never envy the moon. Everyone has different karma, fate, and position, also gets his contribution, mission and path individually. No two persons coincide completely with each other, so we don’t need to judge and compare with a common standard. Jealousy can bring us nothing…
 
Make money wisely As to wealth, we need firstly to figure out the aims for making money, the relationships among humans, between humans and society. Then it follows how to correctly obtain and wisely use money.Otherwise, men will only become a tool for making money. The most fundamental aim of making money is to survive, to support the family. Howe…
 
Generate the inner light Pessimists see obstacles everywhere;Optimists see opportunities in all respects. Everyone's life has its ups and downs.There are joys and sorrows, and successes and failures. It depends on how we perceive it. All difficulties are here to mold you. If you are always in favorable circumstances, you will instead be degenerated…
 
A kind of happiness that is beyond words The bigger “self” we cherish in our heart, the narrower our minds are, and the more we suffer. In the worldly norm, resources are limited. Most of the time, self-fulfillment and altruism cannot be achieved simultaneously; While in the Buddhist norm, the world does not go around that way. According to the Dha…
 
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