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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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Orchidand peony An orchid needn’t be jealous of a peony,just like the stars never envy the moon. Everyone has different karma, fate, andposition, also gets his contribution, mission and path individually. No twopersons coincide completely with each other, so we don’t need to judge andcompare with a common standard. Jealousy can bring us nothing bel…
 
Makemoney wisely As to wealth, we need firstly to figure outthe aims for making money, the relationships among humans, between humans andsociety. Then it follows how to correctly obtain and wisely use money.Otherwise, men will only become a tool for making money. The most fundamentalaim of making money is to survive, to support the family. However,…
 
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 …
 
Effective communication Communication is not to persuadebut to understand. When we try to understand the other side with all sincerity,we will be understood accordingly. Why is it so hard to communicateeffectively? One speculation is that we are not skillful speakers. In fact, thereal reason is that we are much too skillful. You are skillful. He is…
 
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 canalways adapt to the conditions to do good deeds and to create virtuous karma. Forthis adaption to work beautifully with the given conditions, we should have aclear direction and goal in mind. “Opportunity is always ready for those whoare well prepared”. This is what is meant by…
 
A healthy lifestyle Cherishing one's fortune means cherishingeverything one has. Less and less people are doing so nowadays. People wanteverything to be luxurious, from eating, dressing, working to shopping,completely casting away the good traditions passed down from our ancestors ofworking hard, being humble and managing the family’s finance dilig…
 
A compassionate doctor To contemplate the faults in others is thegeneration of afflictions upon observing the faults or imagined faults inothers. When contemplating others’ faults, our mind is in the shadow ofafflictions and is deluded. We see only the part we repulse and ignore thebright side. What’s more, we can’t reflect upon our own weaknesses …
 
The life purpose Purpose, toput in a colloquial way, is the ‘goal’, whichhas to be found and established by oneself.The Great Learningsays, “The way of Great Learning lies in the dissemination ofbrilliant virtues, in showingloving-kindness to ordinary people, and in the pursuit of ultimate goodness.” This is what we call purpose. The purpose of lif…
 
Sit quietly with him With neither aspirations nor directions, wewill find the journey ahead less and less exciting, and we tend to be trappedin confusion and desperation upon tiny bits of setbacks. Before we’ve found ourown ideals, we can make friends and learn from those who have a purpose andgoal. We may feel the inner light and enthusiasm emitte…
 
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 to…
 
Real help Buddha is not a god but a mentor.Prostrations and offerings are not made to an idol. Buddhism doesn’t notbelieve in an outside god who dominates everything, instead, we are our ownmasters. Through learning the doctrines of Buddhism, we are able to correctlyknow and observe the laws of the world and of our life, and able to make ourlife mo…
 
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 affl…
 
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. Whetherthere are blessings or not in our present life is determined by whether wecreated and accumulated good karma in the past. The key to change our destinylies in our aspiration, in our body and mind, in the present moment. When weare not satisfied with what we are having now, we need…
 
To act upon our good intention If we do not open our heart, if we thinktoo much of ourselves, if our big ego fills every corner of our mind, leavingno room for others, we will feel isolated as a result. If we set ourselves highabove others, thinking no one would understand us nor could we change others,we will tend to run further and further away f…
 
This is what we call practice Our afflictions often come up to cheatus in disguise. Sometimes we seem willing to give while deep inside we long forother’s understanding and affirmation. We are in need of other’s encouragementand love. We care very much whether we are happy or not. Our mind is tightlybent to a self. Negligence, to a certain extent, …
 
The bright side Seeing others with disdain does not meanthat they are no good at all. Instead, it is because we have made a habit outof being picky and whiny, seeing only the faults in others, or even blamingthem falsely. Such habit is terrible, because it will attract everythingnegative, drown people in darkness and create a vicious cycle. This ha…
 
One and the Same We ordinary people can’t lead our liveswithout connecting ourselves with myriads of conditions. Without parents, we wouldn’t come to thisworld. Without teachers, we wouldn’t be able to read. Without peaceful socialenvironment, there would be no stability in our life. Without peasants plantingcrops, there would be no food to feeds u…
 
On the loving of face Face, in other words vanity, is what oneimagines others think of oneself. Often times, it is a pair of heavy shackles tyingus down. Those who worry about saving face are constantly tense, minding every single detail, and wanting toplease others with all efforts. However, it is easy to lose oneself whenchasing after vanity. We …
 
On being timid Cowardice is caused by illusions anddelusions in one’s heart, just as the saying goes “the ghost inside your mindis what scares you.” One is seriously troubled by delusions when there is alack of wisdom and merit, which weakens the light of the heart. “Those withmerit have a peaceful mind, those with wisdom have no fear.” One shoulde…
 
Joyousand fearless Notbeing able to see the whole picture, we tend to be trapped by trivial matters. Moreoften than not, our fret is caused by focusing our mind on an unpleasant pointwhile ignoring, forgetting many beautiful lines worth appreciating. We feelexhausted when we have to do something, have to finish it as a task. Aiming atonly a good re…
 
Filled with righteousness Endowedwith benevolence, treat others with kindness, live with a heart of gratefulnessand joy, then we will “have righteousness within that no evil can touch”. Onecannot become upright by acting on the spur of the moment. Instead, it requiresa clear goal, long-term persistent efforts, and letting go of attachment to person…
 
Charity as a way of practice The most important thing in doingcharity for public good is to have a compassionate heart and the desire to bekind. Bearing this in mind, we can do charity anywhere all the time. Make a vow everyday: may what I say andwhat I do deliver happiness and hope to others, and can be a help as well. Thereis no need to worry abo…
 
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 ourrestlessness, we may find they are leading to nowhere, a dead end. It means ourinner heart has already been wrapped by the haze of delusions and our mind isdispersed. What we need…
 
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 littlehis aim for life is kidnapped by other people’s opinions. He lives for othersand deviates from his own direction. Towork hard, but …
 
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 forourselves//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 andconditions, Failure is due to unfavorable causes andconditions; So long as we change causes and conditions, We…
 
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 thesecond day, or give up on it when facing difficulties. The refore, 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 lonely…
 
Yesterday and today Experiences from the past can give us knowledge; Plans for the future can provide us with direction. It is necessary to give attention to both, as we all have end of the year performance reviews, new year resolutions, etc. Satisfaction from bygone achievements or frustration caused by past failures is called clinging; disappoint…
 
To be a mature person in character // not so 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 and kindness of others, Instead of complaining and criticizing; Know where one wants to go And keep working ha…
 
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