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      Marie Constance Tan posted on Facebook :

      So just a few weeks ago on Christmas Day, I was heading back after a morning yoga session (I was no longer in my yoga clothes and it’s 2018, my clothes are irrelevant) and had boarded the Downtown line at Telok Ayer. It was 12pm in the afternoon and brightly lit as our MRT trains are. There were people on board, not packed like it usually is in the mornings, but I wasn’t alone.

      It wasn’t till I was at Mattar Station that I looked up from my phone and made eye contact with a random man sitting on my side of the seats, right beside the reserved seat, just as I was, but on the other end. It was awkward, as it usually is with strangers on public transport, but it doesn’t end there.

      Now that I’ve seen him, I notice him from my peripheral vision as I continue to use my phone. And from that, I notice him continuing to stare at me. Then move to the seat directly opposite me and a few seconds later, move to the same side as me, just TWO seats away from me.

      At this point I was on high alert. I felt nervous, uncomfortable, so much so that I literally felt my throat close up as I furiously texted Leo. I immediately started questioning everything. ‘Is it what Im wearing?’ ‘Am I not sitting ‘properly’ with my legs closed?’ But the worst question I asked myself was ‘am I just imagining things?’ I mean after all, it’s pretty damn arrogant to think that some random person was just so interested in staring at you.

      And I say it’s the worst because in that second, I VERY NEARLY wanted to feign ignorance and just pretended I didn’t notice him. And that soon changed to anger, as I realized I shouldn’t allow this piece of scum on the train to make me feel so upset and uncomfortable.

      So as he continued to stare at me, 2 seats away, I snap my head up to stare back at him and as I do it, he whips his head in the opposite direction as if he wasn’t even long in my direction in the first place! Exactly like those guilty dogs in those videos where they’re caught doing something wrong. Because he WAS guilty. That’s when I noticed he was holding his phone really awkwardly on his lap. With the camera directed at me. (ps pervs out there, it is SUPER obvious when you’re trying to be inconspicuous with your phone, please don’t even try)

      And I got so mad at him, that I used MY phone to give him a taste of his own medicine. I turned the camera on him, as you’ll see below, and I knew then that I wasn’t just imagining things. He turned back to look at me and got up and moved to the next cabin. Away from me, but guess what? STILL STARING AT ME THE REST OF MY RIDE.

      I was blinking back angry tears and feeling upset I couldnt do anything more because I literally didn’t know the right procedure. Do I call 999??? Do I press the emergency button in the cabin?? I did neither. And just before I got off the train, eager to escape this creep, the girl who was sitting next to me the entire time, taps me and shows me her phone. She had written a note warning me about the guy in blue!! That just reassured me I really WASN’T imagining it.

      In that completely shitty 15 mins of that train ride, that interaction made me feel hopeful and I felt happy and touched that this girl was looking out for me?! Shoutout to her because she made me feel SO much better. Exiting the train, I watched behind to check if the guy exited too. He didn’t, but the last image i have of him is him staring at me through the window, his whole body turned to look at me.

      I burst into tears afterwards because I’m angry and upset that I was made to feel so disgusting. Angry that I felt DIRTY. No, he did not physically assault me (trust me, this would’ve gone way worse for him if that was he case) - he didn’t even need to, but you have no idea how it feels like a bit of my soul died immediately after.

      I still remember his face and I think for a pretty long time, I’m going to remember it and how this random stranger in the train made me feel during the longest train ride of my life.

      Anyway, I made a police report afterwards and they didn’t take the video I have of him so I’ve decided to upload it here so everyone can look out for themselves.

      It was also only at the police station that i learnt that if I was ever in a situation like this again, that I should CALL 999 and inform them of which line and which direction my train was heading in and they’ll dispatch the trans com officers to your cabin to assist.

      Cherry on top of this whole experience was that while lodging the report, I -

      1. Was asked what I was wearing when it happened 2. Had to speak to male officers whom I feel didn’t really understand exactly how shitty I felt

      I was angry right after for letting him get away with it. There are still a lot of ‘I SHOULD HAVEs’ in my head with regards to what happened. I wish I had grabbed him and dragged him to the control station. I wish I had yelled at him and shamed him in public. I wish I stood up to him PROPERLY.

      Because this wasn’t the first time this has happened to me but it was the only time I actually did something about it. Even if he wasn’t physically arrested or anything.

      It’s not much but at least I feel a little bit more relieved, and more proud of myself for standing up to this one and not like the time when my friend and I were flashed at from the void deck from the next block while going home, or when an old man was staring at a friend and I, touching himself right beside us while we were seated in the bus - Ive finally SORT OF stood up to this one creep.

      TL;DR: please call 999 if you’re ever in a situation like this. And extend a helping hand if you ever notice anyone caught in a situation like that.

      https://mothership.sg/2018/01/creep-mrt-train-staring-call-999/

  • Waynechew1003's Avatar
    212 posts since Apr '17
    • 14/1 

      SBS 7414U on TRG (AMDEP 72) 

      SBS 7423T on AMDEP 25 (AMDEP 72)

      15/1 

      SBS 7431U on AMDEP 25 (AMDEP 72)

      16/1 

      SBS 7600Z on BNDEP 168 (BNDEP 69)

       

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    17,123 posts since Mar '04
    • Originally posted by PoweredByCNG:

      Thing is, be aware that the overall quality of operations depends highly on the willingness of the governing body to maintain standards.  The incumbent operators know how much it costs to operate a certain contract area and I'm sure the government knows as well.  Thing is, you'll find that there will always be new operators who want a 'slice of the pie' who will try to undercut existing operators by underbidding and the net result will be a slipping of standards unless these standards are rigorously enforced.  The governing body needs to select their preferred contractor based on a whole-of-contract value for money basis and not just award to the cheapest tender.

      There have been examples of such competitive tendering programmes going horribly wrong due to governing bodies simply selecting the cheapest tender.

      I am aware of it. Just that in some cities,  there are operators who are struggling and on the brink of insolvency. Government intervention is necessary to maintain current levels of service in such instances.

  • zulkifli mahmood's Avatar
    6,166 posts since Feb '05
    • Well, there is no longer off peak hours concession fares for senior and adult Singaporeans for MRT train rides. Only whole day fare is available.

      There will be an increase in concession cards cheating and abuse usage of the concession cards; and also for student and children passes.

      The adults will abuse using those passes by using senior concession cards or student cards or children cards Smile.

      The students will abuse using children cards Smile.

      There will be an increase of train rides fare jumpers too, especially amongst foreign workers Smile.

  • NCgong's Avatar
    13 posts since Dec '15
    • The original review is found at http://www.tech-critter.com

      Let’s be honest here – those who have a Apple’s MacBook Air was aiming for one thing – its price. The MacBook Air 11-inch in particular was Apple’s entry to their walled garden at the lowest price, yet it offers decent performance with an extremely long battery life. Perfect for mobile warriors. I’m sure that there are many MacBook owners are like me – cheap out during the initial purchase and opted for the lowest storage capacity available, but regret now because 128GB is clearly insufficient. This is where Transcend’s slew of Apple memory products come to the rescue – particularly the Transcend JetDrive 820 SSD for Macs.

      If you don’t already know, some MacBooks can indeed be upgraded. I recommend checking the compatibility list on Transcend’s website before purchasing. Apple also uses proprietary interface for its SSDs. I’m personally using a MacBook Air 11-inch from mid-2013, can be upgraded. Other Mac computers might have soldered SSDs or different interface, and Transcend has other JetDrive series SSDs for those machines.

      We also prepared a quick and simply unboxing and review video, showing off what the Transcend JetDrive 820 is all about, and a brief walkthrough on how to upgrade the SSD in the MacBook Air!
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      Specifications
      Interface HCI PCIe Gen3 x2
      Capacity 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
      Storage Media 3D TLC NAND Flash memory
      Maximum Performance Sequential read: 950MB/s
      Sequential write: 950MB/s
      Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F) ~ 60°C (140°F)
      Warranty Five-year Limited Warranty (Warranty does not apply when
      JetDrive Toolbox’s wear-out indicator displays 0% within 5 years.)

      Please access here for more information about the Transcend Warranty Policy.

      Note Speed may vary due to host hardware, software, usage, and storage capacity.

      Unboxing
      Come to think of it, this is the first time ever that Transcend changed its packaging design. Drastically, too. It has a classy black look throughout the entire box, and it has a soft-touch finish. It feels surreal to have a box with soft-touch material.

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      There’s nothing much on the back other than a QR code that tells you how to identify the model of your Mac.

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      Opening up the box reveals a cradle – which is also covered in soft-touch material – that holds the SSD, protected by a plastic shell. This plastic shell is exceptionally thick. Does an SSD even need such packaging?

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      Beneath the SSD are two screwdrivers that are positioned longitudinally in parallel. More on this later.

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      Underneath the screwdrivers are the quick installation guide and also the warranty card. Make sure you keep the latter, as Transcend has a 5-year warranty for the Transcend JetDrive 820.

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      I want to give Transcend a big thumbs up for including the two screwdrivers – one with a P5 bit and another with a T5 bit. That means you don’t need to own any sort of special screwdriver set to open up the machine. However, as Transcend has stated, upgrading a Mac Pro or Mac mini requires additional screwdrivers. Though, you can purchase them separately on the Transcend website.

      I am a bit disappointed that Transcend did not include an “upgrade kit” to convert the existing SSD to become an external storage drive. Since Apple is using a proprietary connector, it essentially rendered the old drive useless once it’s replaced.
      Design

      Let’s talk a little bit about the Transcend JetDrive 820’s design. There aren’t much to talk about when it comes to an SSD’s aesthetics – let alone an SSD that hides within a laptop’s chassis. But we’ll be doing a technical analysis on it.

      At the top side, we can see that there is a Nanya DRAM chip and a bank of NAND flash chips.

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      At the back we can find a lot of solder balls that are on the PCB itself. We’re unsure if these are solder balls that can be soldered for other JetDrive 820 with higher capacity. From the looks of it, Transcend is using the same PCB for all other variants within the JetDrive 820 series SSDs.

      JetDrive Toolbox software
      Transcend likes to provide their own tailor-made software to their customers for free, and I really appreciate that. They developed a software to let you monitor the SSD’s health, enable TRIM, and even upgrade its firmware.

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      I recommend everyone who uses the Transcend’s JetDrive 820 to install the JetDrive Toolbox software because you need to enable TRIM. The only way you can enable TRIM is through this software. This is to prolong your SSD’s life span.

      Transcend JetDrive 820

      As for the firmware upgrading process, I find it a little weird as the JetDrive Toolbox does not create the firmware upgrade drive for you. It downloads a DMG image and a user manual, which tells you to format a USB drive to FAT with MBR partition and copy all the contents in from the aforementioned DMG image into the newly formatted USB drive.

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      Another method you can do is to “restore” the USB from the downloaded DMG image. For some reason, the DMG image can’t be downloaded outside of the JetDrive Toolbox. It’s just not available on Transcend’s website.

      Then, change your startup disk to the USB drive and upgrade your firmware there. Transcend can definitely improve in this department.

      By the way, always backup your files or create a Time Machine backup on another drive before upgrading the firmware. Because it wiped my entire drive when I upgraded the firmware. Yes – that happened.

      Transcend could have developed their own migration software and built it within the JetDrive Toolbox suite to make the process more streamlined. It’ll also be great if Transcend includes an external enclosure for the MacBook Air mid-2013’s proprietary SSD – that’ll work together with the suite perfectly.

      In all honesty, I’m glad that Transcend released such products to the market. Apple is known to charge an insanely high amount for simple upgrades, and Transcend is offering an alternative that’s just as good – if not better. The upgrade process is a tedious one, but that’s not Transcend’s fault.

      The overall performance is – without a doubt – better than the original SSD, but the upgrade process is just way too tedious and time-consuming.

      However, I do wish that Transcend included a converter so that I can use my old SSD as an external storage device instead. Also, it’ll make the migration process a little easier as there’s no need for an intermediate external storage device.

  • TIB987K's Avatar
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    20,565 posts since Nov '03
    • If all Airport svc use bendy as high capacity buses,The boarding berth has to relocated on far left instead.Imagine peak hours with all those lorries and Vans unloading and loading.

  • array88's Avatar
    1,446 posts since May '14
    • Originally posted by BusAnalayzer:

      Future of bendies for CGA services. Allocation of 40 bendies for CGA services

      24 - 05 (this can be monitored. 24's route is common to many other services until it hits Bedok - CGA section)

      27 - 05 (the need for HC buses has reduced with launch of 118 and increasing capacity on other services bound to Tampines)

      34 - 05 (still has v high loading inspite of 118 as it acts as intratown within Tampines estate)

      36 - 05 (heavy loading from Marine Parade to Suntec)

      53 - 10 (heavy loading from Serangoon to HG 1 and PSR to CGA)

      110 - 00 (most of the loading is from TPE Punggol to CGA, to alleviate loading on 858)

      858 - 10 (heavy loading, deserves more bendy allocation than currently has)

      ** The shuffling of bendies between these services could change based on loading changes. For instance, if 127 is extended to Compassvale, this could further eat into some of 27's loading and hence, 27 may not need the bendies. Likewise for 36 if they introduce a service from Siglap to city, no bendies required because loading between CGA and Marine Parade is low.

      I actually think 27's Tampines-CGA loading is bound to increase as Tampines North develops and some airport employees might move to flats near Ave 9/10. So it doesn't harm to put a few more bendies on the full route I guess?

      Edited by array88 15 Jan `18, 2:39PM
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    18 posts since Jan '06
    • Originally posted by iveco:

      Better for governments to have full ownership of infrastructure and competitive tendering be practised. Public transport in all major cities should be done this way. I hope to see ComfortDelgro operating bus routes on behalf of RapidKL one day under such an arrangement.

      Thing is, be aware that the overall quality of operations depends highly on the willingness of the governing body to maintain standards.  The incumbent operators know how much it costs to operate a certain contract area and I'm sure the government knows as well.  Thing is, you'll find that there will always be new operators who want a 'slice of the pie' who will try to undercut existing operators by underbidding and the net result will be a slipping of standards unless these standards are rigorously enforced.  The governing body needs to select their preferred contractor based on a whole-of-contract value for money basis and not just award to the cheapest tender.

      There have been examples of such competitive tendering programmes going horribly wrong due to governing bodies simply selecting the cheapest tender.

  • TehJarVu's Avatar
    117,944 posts since Dec '03
    • not so cold
      but my coconut oil (for hair) solidified horrors

      so argan oil (for face - more asspensive) to the rescue
      din solidify i think becos of the bottle packaging (with spray)

  • TPS Timothy Mok's Avatar
    1,187 posts since Aug '07
    • Svc 93, 129, 139 and 145 will be the first to have protective screen. Ditto for services 160 and 170 who needs them for the cross-border.

      Edited by TPS Timothy Mok 15 Jan `18, 10:46AM
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    • dozed off last nite 

      but at least i slept well 

       

       

      still bery cold.................

       

       

       

      1st

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    • This Ancient Chinese Box Says It Contains the Collected Remains of The Buddha

      MIKE MCRAE 15 NOV 2017 ScienceAlert

      The box's inscription tells quite a story.

      1,000 years ago, a pair of monks from Mañjuśrī Temple of the Longxing Monastery in China's Jingzhou Prefecture reportedly spent two decades collecting bits of cremated bone from far and wide which they believed to be the remains of the man known as the Buddha.

      And now, their collection has been found.

      Whether the materials truly belong to the famous ancient philosopher is a mystery, and will probably stay that way. But in addition to the ossuary, archaeologists also found 260 statues – a discovery that's of cultural and historical significance regardless of the origins of the bones themselves.

      The discovery was made by villagers repairing roads about five years ago, and reported in Chinese journals. The reports were recently translated into English in the journal Chinese Cultural Relics.

      Archaeologists report the inscription on the box says:

      "The monks Yunjiang and Zhiming of the Lotus School, who belonged to the Mañjuśrī Temple of the Longxing Monastery in Jingzhou Prefecture, gathered more than 2,000 pieces of śarīra, as well as the Buddha's teeth and bones, and buried them in the Mañjuśrī Hall of this temple."

      śarīra is a broad term describing any kind of relic claimed to be related to the Buddha – the famous "Enlightened One" who was born in what today is Nepal and travelled through the eastern parts of India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE.

      The story goes that on his death, the cremated remains of the man called Siddhartha Gautama – aka the Buddha – were divided up among royal families and disciples, and so were distributed far and wide.

      Whoever Yunjiang and Zhiming were, they seemed to have been busy collecting 2,000 bits of burned tooth and bone and putting them into a box over the course of two decades.

      Not unlike saintly fingerbones or true pieces of Christ's cross, Buddha's śarīra can have greater cultural significance than biological, with pearl-like pieces of bone revered in Buddhist shrines and temples across the world.

      The archaeologists don't speculate on the actual origins of the bones, and aren't certain if the 2 metre (6.6 foot) high statues were buried at the same time as the box.

      Crafted between the Wei dynasty (386 to 534 CE) and the Song dynasty (960 to 1279 CE), the stone blocks included a mix of depictions of Buddha himself, seekers of enlightenment, enlightened devotees, gods, and simple inscribed objects called steles.

      Historically the inscriptions and assortment of statues provide insights into the history of the culture surrounding the religion. 

       

      For many Buddhists, whatever the true nature of the bones, the discovery of this incredible collection from a millennium ago could have immense spiritual significance.

  • Novena8888's Avatar
    468 posts since Jan '17
    • 放生的好处和功德

      2014-11-26 10:46:00 编辑:浮图

       

       

      导语:放生就是看到有生命的异类众生,被擒被抓被关被杀,惊惶失措,命在垂危之际,发慈悲心,买物救赎,予以解救释放的一种行为!戒杀放生是佛陀金口告诫我们,要亲身力行,既可消除业障又可长养慈悲的殊胜法门。

      放生的对象没有限制。举凡天上飞的如鸽子、麻雀,地上走的如鸡鸭、牛羊,水里游的如鱼虾、鲈鳗,土里钻的如蚂蚁、蚯蚓,大到狮子、大象,小到蚊子、苍蝇,只要有生命的个体,都可以放生。


      六度万行以布施为首,布施分:财布施、法布施、无畏布施。难能可贵的是放生功德三种布施,一概俱备。在放生过程中,因为放生,花钱买物赎命,是财布施;因为放生,与物类众生一起皈依,一起忏悔,一起念佛,一起回向,是法布施;因为放生,解除物命被擒被抓,死亡前挣扎怨恨的痛苦恐惧,是无畏布施;三种布施,放生一应俱全,放生功德真的是不可思议!


      放生的好处:


      一、放生就是慈悲


      佛心就是大慈悲心,慈悲心是学佛的根本,而放生则是为了解除众生的苦难,起慈悲心予以救赎的一种行为。放生可以长养我们的慈悲心,在放生的过程中,慈悲心获得最大的培养。常常放生,慈悲心常常滋长,与佛心更相契,与佛更容易感应道交,学佛道业更容易成就。


      二、放生就是还债


      我们今生及累劫以来所造的杀业早已无量无边,放生就是出钱、出力来救赎众生的性命,以偿还以前我们所积欠无数的杀债。


      三、放生就是救急


      放生与其他的功德不一样,是救命在旦夕,随时将被宰杀的生命得以重拾生机,是千钩一发、刻不容缓的行动,就好像是医院的急诊急救一般,一个刹那、一全行动便可挽救成千上万无数的生命,所以功德至深。


      四、放生就是救命


      放生就是救护那些被擒、被抓、将被宰杀、命在垂危的众生的命,而众生最宝贵的就是自己的生命得以重拾生机,救他们的命,他们感激最深,所以功德至大!


      五、放生就是觉悟


      任何一个众生的佛性与我相比毫无或缺,无二无别,因而每一个生命都是平等珍贵的。在放生中让我们觉悟到众生皆知贪生怕死,皆知趋吉避凶,皆有喜怒哀乐,与我相比,完全相同;众生更皆具备真如佛性,一旦业尽情空,未来皆能成佛,所以救一众生如同救一佛子,更等于救一未来佛。


      六、放生就是实践


      与其空口说得万言,不如老实行得一字,学佛最重要的就是实践。在放生真实的行动中,真正去培养慈悲,真正去解救生命,真正去为众生皈依、念佛、忏悔、回向,真正去体会众生平等一如、皆具佛性、皆能成佛的道理,真正做到自利利他,这样的修行才能真正得到利益。


      七、放生就是积极


      吃素与放生是学佛人行持上极重要的二件事。但吃素只是止恶。是消极地不再造杀业,不再积欠新的杀债;而放生却是扬善,是积极地救赎生命,偿还以前所欠的杀债。吃素而不放生,以前欠的杀业还是有果报的;放生而不吃素,所修得的功德又因为吃肉杀生都赔光了。所以吃素放生是一体的二面,需要相辅相成的,同时并行,效果才会显著。


      八、放生就是方便


      我们当天放生,当天无数身陷牢笼的众生马上获得了自由,无数濒临死亡的生命马上重拾了生机,无限的功德当天马上可以获得。并且不管一人多人、钱少钱多、任何时间、任何地点,只要发慈悲心,任何人都可以进行放生。放生不像其他功德,不需要等待机缘,自己可以主动进行;不需要依赖别人,自己可以独立完成;千千万万人一生中做不到的功德,我们可以经由放生短短的时间内独自一人完全成就,若更能以此广为提倡,功德更加不可思议,所以放生功德最为第一,非其他小善所能比!


      九、放生就是改命


      我们今生的命运遭遇是因为多生以来所造就无数的善恶因缘所呈现的一个结果,造善因就得善果,造恶因就得恶果。但未来的命运却完全掌握在我们自己的手中。通过积福行善,诚心忏悔,我们的命运可以完全改变过来。而放生的功德最大,既直接又快速,改变命运的力量最为显著。


      十、放生就是解冤


      每一个众生在多生累劫以来,都曾经与我们结过冤仇,冤仇既结,怀恨在心,必当伺机报复。而放生正可以解冤释结,化敌为友,避免彼此的冤冤相报!


      十一、放生就是消灾


      灾难不幸之所以发生,都是源于我们以前所结的冤业、所造的杀业而来。放生解救众生的命,免除了众生的死难,也同时消除了我们的宿业,免除了未来原本应该偿受不幸的业报,这是因果必然的道理。


      十二、放生就是治病


      其实疾病绝症之所以发生,就是因为以前我们杀生所感召的杀业而来。既造杀因必结杀果,既造成杀业必受杀报,解决之道就是放生,偿还杀债,消除了疾病谤本的杀因,病苦自然好转。


      十三、放生就是救亲


      每一个众生在无始的轮回中,都曾与我们互为父母、子女、手足、亲眷,只因彼此业缘不同,今朝我幸而为人,彼不幸沦为畜牲,放生就是救拔我们累世以来的亲友眷属,使其重拾生机,安享天年!


      十四、放生就是福善


      救人一命胜造七级浮屠,而每一条生命都是平等珍贵的,所以救一众生,功德已无量无边,更何况救众多生命!放生就是积最大的福!放生就是行最大的善;积福行善,所有功德,莫过放生!


      十五、放生就是延寿


      每个人都希望长寿,放生救赎生命,延长了无数众生的生命。也必然同时延长了自己的寿命,这是因果永恒不变的真理。


      为什么放生功德第一?


      放生是救命的行为,功德至大,非其他小善所能比拟!


      大智度论云:“诸余罪中,杀业最重,诸功德中,放生第一。”


      梵网经云:“若佛子以慈心故,行放生业。一切男子是我父,一切女人是我母,我生生无不从之受生,故六道众生,皆是我父母,而杀而食者,即杀我父母,亦杀我故身,一切地水是我先身,一切火风是我本体,故常行放生,生生受生,常住之法,教,放生。若见世人杀畜生时,应方便救护,解其苦难。”


      谛闲大师云:“不杀为诸戒之首,而放生为众善之先也。”


      妙善大师(金山活佛)云:“最好的消业方法,莫过于放生,世界上最大的恶业莫过于杀生害命,反过来说,世界上最大的善业是莫过于戒杀放生,所以放生是最大的功德。你能依我的话,赶快量力买生物放生,就能增福延寿的。”


      李炳南老居士云:“放生是救他生命,解他痛苦,佛戒第一不杀,天有好生之德,可以想见功德之大,所得善报无量无边。”


      “上等功德,除了断肉外,必须兼放生,佛家有一句话说:救一众生,胜造七级浮屠。七级浮屠就是寺庙的七层宝塔,这样看起来就知道救一个众生的功德是多么大。”


      “一切众生不但是过去父母,亦是未来诸佛,你放它的性命你就是菩萨。”


      圆因师父云:“每一个众生最宝贵的是自己的生命,杀了他,他最恼恨,冤仇结得最深,所以说杀业最重,每一个众生最珍贵的还是自己的生命,救了他,他最感激,福善积得最深,所以说放生第一。”


      “放生就是救急,与其他的功德不一样,放生是救性命垂危,朝不保夕的受果受难的众生,我们一放生,当下众生就免除死难,重拾生机,我们不放生,众生就只有受宰待杀的唯一死路了,放生是救急救命的行为,所以功德至大,非其他小善所能比拟!”


      “放生最重要的是皈依以及念佛。‘皈依佛,不堕地狱。皈依法,不堕饿鬼。皈依僧,不堕畜生。’物命在经过三皈依仪式后,承佛法僧三宝加持,畜生报尽,不再沦入三恶道中,得以转世超生,并且物命亲闻‘南无阿弥陀佛’圣号。六字洪名盈盈入耳,既植道种,他日因缘成熟,必能值遇佛法,念佛修行,往生西方极乐世界,永断六道生死轮回,此乃放生中之大放生,是放生中最重要的意义。”


      放生最容易消业障,因为不限时间、不限地点、人多人少、钱多钱少都可以放生,正因为简单易行,人人可为,太容易消业障,所以我们的冤家债主便无所不用其极,千方百计阻挠我们放生,不让我们消业障,所以放生所遭受的阻挠最大,所引起的批评最多;这是因为众生业障深重的缘故。因为业障深重,众生物命无福值遇善人受救免除死难,因为业障深重,人们无福救赎生命,偿还杀债。”


      放生的功德无量无边,不可胜数,简述如下:


      (一)得生天上,享无极之福,若兼修净土,直可往生西方极乐世界。


      (二)长寿、健康、少病。


      (三)免天灾横祸,无诸灾难。


      (四)子孙代代昌盛,生生不息。


      (五)合天心,顺佛令,物类感恩、诸佛欢喜。


      (六)官禄亨通,一帆风顺!


      (七)喜气吉祥,四季安宁。


      (八)解冤释仇,诸恶消灭,无忧无虑。


      (九)多子宜男,所求顺遂!


      (十)无刀兵劫,免除战争杀祸。


      放生有功德吗?


      作为佛教徒,我们经常放生。如果如法地放生,功德是不可思议的;如果不够如理如法,功德就不是很大。所以,这对我们来说非常重要。


      今天,我们讲讲有关放生的问题。大乘菩萨所有的行为,可以归纳为六种,这就是六度,六波罗密多。本来,大乘菩萨的见解、行为、修法,利益众生、度化众生的事业浩如烟海,但所有这些方便,均可以归纳成为六度。如果我们能如法放生,即使是放一条生命,也有办法具备六度。如何具备呢?下面我们分别讲述:如果能以加行发心、正行无缘、回向菩提的三殊胜摄持,放生就是非常殊胜的行善。每一个人从无始以来到现在,杀生的罪过无穷无尽。不要说无始以来,就是这一世,从出生到现在,杀生的罪过也有很多,足够将我们赶向地狱,放生就是最好的对治力。同时还要发心,从此以后,不故意去杀害众生,如果有这样的决心,杀生的罪过是一定能清净的,这毋庸置疑。如果不能这样下决心,也可以在生命里选择。譬如说从今天起,生生世世不杀蛇或不杀泥鳅,这样发誓再放生的话,就可以清净无始以来到现在我们杀蛇、杀泥鳅的罪过,但杀其他生命的罪过不能清净。


      放生是清净杀生罪业最好的一种对治方法。但是,如果仅仅为了清净自己的罪障去放生,虽然罪业可以清净,但这不属于大乘佛法。将放生作为自己清净杀生罪业的对治力,还是发大乘的菩提心,全由自己选择。过去无量的佛陀,包括释迦牟尼佛,当初发菩提心的时候,发誓度化一切众生,一切众生成佛之后自己成佛。但我们尚未成佛之时,他们已经成佛了。这是什么原因呢?是不是释迦牟尼佛违背了自己的誓言?不是。佛的悲心广大,所以这样发愿。因为他的发愿非常伟大,非常殊胜,所以能很快成佛。而我们时时刻刻都在考虑一己私利,至今还在轮回里挣扎。所以,是否能够成佛,一切取决于自己的发心。


      有些人认为,鱼市场的生命如恒河沙,我们买的只是其中小小的一部分,所以很失望。那么多鱼是买不完的,那么放生究竟有多大意义?想解救所有的生命,不要说我们,即使佛也无能为力。佛也只能度化有缘的众生,面对无缘的众生,佛也无可奈何。


      放生也是这样,即使你富如帝释天,也买不完所有的生命。因为众生是无边无际的,佛度化众生也有鞭长莫及的时候,我们就更不用说了,所以,只有尽自己的能力去帮助众生。每一个参加放生的人,都能得到同样的善根,这在经书里有记载。譬如我们一百个人去杀一个人,这个罪过不是我们一百个人分,而是每一个人都有杀一个人的完整罪过。


      行善也是这样。譬如说一百个人去放一条生命,每一个人都有放一条生命的功德,不是这一个功德一百个人分。我们现在已经放了将近两个亿的生命,参加放生的每一个人都能得到这份功德。这种善法本身就不可思议,如果再加上如理如法地发心和回向,功德就更不可思议,一定能够清净我们所有的罪业。

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      President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, got a call informing him that 2,200 missiles were heading toward the United States.

      Imagine how you would feel if you receive news that 2,200 missiles are headed towards Singapore right now.

      Stanislav Petrov, a 44-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Forces, was the duty officer at a secret command center outside Moscow when the alarms went off. Computers warned that five missiles had been launched from an American base. “For 15 seconds, we were in a state of shock,” he later recalled in an interview with The Washington Post. Colonel Petrov, according to his obituary in The Times, was a pivotal cog in the decision-making chain. His superiors at the warning-system headquarters reported to the general staff of the military, which would consult with the Soviet leader, Yuri V. Andropov, on whether to launch a retaliatory nuclear attack on the USA. Electronic maps and screens were flashing as he tried to absorb streams of information. His training and intuition told him a first strike by the United States would come in an overwhelming onslaught, not “only five missiles,” he told The Post. After five nerve-racking minutes, he decided the reports were probably a false alarm. And they were. The satellite had mistaken the sun’s reflection off the tops of clouds for a missile launch.

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