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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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Is itpossible for us to “have alcohol andmeat through stomach but remain the Buddha in heart” as long as we have a goodheart? 只要心向善,是不是就可以“酒肉穿肠过,佛祖心中留?” Some people onlyknow the former part of the verse: “have alcohol and meat through stomach but remain the Buddha in heart”, but not knowing the latter part: “If secular peopleblindly follow me, it i…
 
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…
 
True happiness Free our mind from conflicts,clear our mouth of complaints, be tolerant, forgiving and grateful—such is being blessed. Help others more often,be good to our parents, give more to those in need and aspire to help all sentient beings. Take on more responsibilities and do more for people, without any complaints or arrogance. Be happy fo…
 
The hardship of spiritual cultivation We always want more. When we don’t have it,we want to obtain it. Once it is obtained, we want more. We are always picky about the surroundings, wishing that everything would go the way we like.Seldom do we bother to reflect on how we act and how we may do it better. Thus,not happy with the present moment, our m…
 
The goodness in Dharma The word Goodness originates from Book of Rites: Notes of Learning, meaning talented and virtuous scholars, but now it means pure-hearted and good-natured. Man’s nature at birth is good. Due to our obsession and discrimination, all kinds of vexations pop up, covering our inherent goodness. The Buddha Dharma is for the eradica…
 
Perfection Vs Delusion Perfectionism in itself is a delusion andclinging. Perfectionists believe their inner expectations to be real, which isan obsession that causes one to suffer. No situation in this world is controlledby our random wishes. There are only combinations of causes and conditions. Ifwe can observe this nature, we will be relieved, a…
 
Bystanders When worrying about gains and losses, one suffers.In exams, when students want a better grade really badly, they do below par; insport games, when athletes want to win really badly, they make a lot ofmistakes; in relationships, when people want to hold on tight to someone elsereally badly, they make that person suffocate; in seeing onese…
 
Attachment VS perseverance Perseverance is a strong aspiration. Whenwe enjoy or understand the significance of what we are doing, we can overcomemany difficulties. For example, football fans can wake up early during theWorld Cup even if they usually can’t. So, the essence of perseverance is to letoneself fall in love with practicing dharma. To Budd…
 
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 hi…
 
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 …
 
Inexhaustibletreasures Living only for oneself, life would be ordinary and justbearable; living for more people, life would be vibrant with colors. Emptinessand loneliness are not results of being alone, but rather lacking purpose inlife and not caring for others. Those who always think about making themselveshappy are the unhappiest of all, while …
 
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