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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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Meltingand leaching The element of gold is contained inside theore, mingling with other minerals from the very beginning. It is not the casethat gold is pure originally but is defiled suddenly one day. To extract goldfrom its ores, the mineral processing of leaching and melting is needed. It isthe same with our mind. On the one hand, we need to bur…
 
Dedicationand aspiration Dedication is made to where our trueaspiration lies. It is an echo to our aspiration. Aspiration is made before avirtuous act, as a motivation, while dedication is to strengthen thataspiration. It’s like when we want to obtain somethingand make money for it. Rather than squander the money, we keep the goal in mindand save u…
 
Couragecomes after action Procrastination is a typical irrationalbehavior. Time is wasted while we are slaved by emotions. With more anxietiespiling up, we become more emotional and are caught in a vicious circle.Negative emotions do not come from unfinished tasks, but from the one mostimportant thing that waits to be done. This one thing has becom…
 
Beatdepression The first step is not to be too guilty.Accept yourself, accept the pain. Let the restless heart calm down first. Youmay light a lamp, imagining breaking the darkness in the mind with the light ofwisdom. Make a wish to the sunshine every morning, wishing that all the peoplewho are suffering as you are can walk out of the shadow as soo…
 
Agrateful heart We often say, acknowledge kindness, cherishkindness and repay it. For example, our parents have compassionate kindness forus. They give birth to us, raise us up, and educate us to be accomplished andgood citizens. Our parents nourish us mentally and physically in many ways. Weshould acknowledge and repay their kindness instead of al…
 
Whosebusiness? In our daily life, we often see many thingsthat “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 understandwhy 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 lac…
 
Thesource of light To understand the meaning of life, firstlywe should know what life is. For human beings, where does birth come from andwhere will death lead us to? To be alive is to be in a state, a state ofceaseless striving forward, of aspiration and hope. Our life is propelled bykarma. To be alive is to create better karma, to make our surrou…
 
ThePure Land Pure Land is nowhere to seek from theoutside world, but a holy palace to be created from the inside, where one hasno sorrow, no loneliness, no greed, no hatred, no delusions, and noafflictions, only the clean, pure, sweet and joyous kindness, and peacefulhappiness. 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, 有的只是清…
 
Thedharma door of non-duality The Buddha Dharma interprets the world withthe theory of “dependent origination”. It believes that nothing in the universeexists in isolation. Rich and complicated relationship is inherent in allobjects and phenomena, though it may not manifest on the surface. Based on sucha belief, a unique outlook of life and value i…
 
Powerfulgood 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 forceswhich will function when outside conditions are favorable. This is just likethe quiet growth of a seed. From the surface, no changes can …
 
AHumble Heart We often feel good about ourselves. Wealways believe we are in the right and others in the wrong. However, after onehour, 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 thatway. After five, ten, or twenty years, greater changes will come. …
 
AHumble Heart We often feel good about ourselves. Wealways believe we are in the right and others in the wrong. However, after onehour, 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 thatway. After five, ten, or twenty years, greater changes will come. …
 
Aclear conscience Sometimes the truth differs from whatpeople believe to be true. Most people base their opinions on their impressionsof things rather than on facts. Therefore, we are actually living in ourpsychological cognition of each other. Once we decide someone is good, then heis good no matter what. Once we believe someone is good, we can al…
 
What are you chasing//Not affected byeight desires Are we pursuing what we really want? We will restore strength if we take a breakto ponder instead of keep rushing along. Serenity is strength. With this strength we will not be easilyswayed by the “five desires and eight winds” for which we do not really desire. When our heart is anchored to supram…
 
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 theright to give; rather the genuine rarity is a heart fullof justic…
 
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 stillconfused, it is most probably due to your disbeliefof your abilities and a kind of feeling that most things areout of reach. Instead of …
 
Leisure In Buddhistterminology, “leisure” refers specifically to the human body capable ofpracticing the Dharma. Among thesix realms of existence, only the human realm is best suited to practiceBuddhism. And only by thepractice through human body, can we have the chance of being liberated andreaching Buddhahood. However, life isimpermanent. Once th…
 
Interaction of causes and conditions Things are generated by the interaction ofcauses and conditions. We could not control the result ofeverything. Being successful cannot fully representone's capabilities and failure doesn't deny all the vantagepoints. All comes from conditions. There is no need to adhere vexation andfear to failure too much, but …
 
Impermanence Impermanence does not deny the value andsignificance of working for an aim. It encourages us to let go our attachmentto anything. For those we love, we do not get greedy;and for those we do not appreciate, no hatred will arise. We cherish what wehave and flow with conditions. Meanwhile, impermanence represents change.Therefore, we shou…
 
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 hismind are the echoes of “I can’t”, “I would ruin it”. One has to be clear that all these perceptions arebased on illusions.…
 
Wherethe sublimation of our life starts If one lacks the energy to aspire, he willhave no sense of belonging in the heart. He won’t have the energy to stimulatepassion towards life. Let alone understand the meaning of life. The depressionis caused by the insufficiency of aspiration. With no motivation to moveforward, when coming across problems and…
 
Tobe kind to oneself To be kind to one’s parents is to be kindto oneself. To be unfilial to one’s parents is to torture oneself. This is themeaning 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 areunfilial to your parents, they will do the same to you in th…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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