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The Living ‘Dharma’ Of ‘Deadpool’?

Feb. 26 | For the uninitiated, Deadpool is an unconventional character who breaks the fourth wall of comic books to talk to readers directly, sometimes even referring to other comic books! To ‘break the fourth wall’ means to break the imaginary transparent...

‘Begin Again’, Play It Again?

Feb. 24 | ‘But are we all lost stars, trying to light up the dark?’ If you are a recording artist, trying to get your big break into the music scene, one song might change your life – for better or worse. If it is moving enough, resonating with many,...

Why A Monk Shattered His One Precious Bowl

Feb. 24 | 若人欲拿金碧峰, 除非铁鍊锁虛空, 虛空若能锁得住, 再來拿我金碧峰。 – 金碧峰禅师 If one desires to seize Jin Bifeng, unless able to use metal chains to lock empty space, [and] if empty space is able to be locked...

The Buddha’s Perfect Fatherly Speech

Feb. 24 | Those not aware that they can be mindfully firm and not unmindfully harsh harm by choosing anger. – Stonepeace | Books “Sariputta the chief disciple said, ‘The Tathagata [Sakyamuni Buddha] is perfect in speech, there is no fault in the Tathagata...

Verse On Adornment

Feb. 24 | 着璎珞时, 当愿众生, 舍诸伪饰, 到真实处。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第7偈) When wearing [a] necklace, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, renounce all false adornments,* [and] reach the abode of truth.’** –...

Bell Haiku

Feb. 24 | Evicted from the sunset bell… Firefly – Issa .入相のかねにつき出す蛍哉 Translation © David G. Lanoue Share This:

Should Those With Negative Karma Be Left To Suffer?

Feb. 24 | Question: A friend said it is not good to give to the less fortunate who beg in public, as they have to beg due to their negative karma, and thus have to suffer. She also warned that to donate would be giving away one’s positive karma. Is this...

The Heart of ‘The Heart Sutra’: The Core Of Wisdom (10th Run)

Feb. 21 | Click Here To Register For Limited Spaces Now Feedback From Past Runs: Hi Bro Shi’an, thank you very much for your detailed teaching and guidance in the course. It has been very interesting as presented with your easy-going and fun approach to...

How Are Arhats, Bodhisattvas, Pratyekabuddhas And Buddhas Different?

Feb. 17 | Question: How is the enlightenment of Arhats different from Buddhas’? What about that of Bodhisattvas and Pratyekabuddhas? Answer: The enlightenment of Arhats can be called self-liberation – from the cycle of birth and death. Self-liberation...

Truths Behind ‘The Mermaid’ Myth

Feb. 17 | Before ‘diving’ into fantasy, this eco-conscious comedy starts off on a serious foot – with sobering actual footages of deforestation, pollution and bloody slaughter of big fish. All in the name of life ‘improvement’, as directed...

The Seven Limbs As Antidotes To Afflictions

Feb. 17 | Revere the more enlightened to rid pride. Learn their teachings and ask to rid ignorance and doubt. Repent and radiate loving-kindness to rid hatred. Rejoice of others’ well-being to rid jealousy. Give to the needy and worthy to rid greed. Dedicate...

Verse On Entrance

Feb. 17 | 若在宫室, 当愿众生, 入於圣地, 永除秽欲。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第6偈) If in [a] house,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings enter of sacred ground,** [and] forever eradicate defiled desires.’*** –...

Gargoyle Haiku

Feb. 17 | Scowling at the hot night… Gargoyle – Issa .暑き夜をにらみ合たり鬼瓦 atsuki yo [wo] nirami aitari onigawara (Note: Are what we perceive what they are, or mere projections of how we perceive?) Share This:

How Do I Handle An Abusive Spouse?

Feb. 14 | Will your karma change when you walk away? You will only know if you try. [To be continued below…] – Stonepeace | Books ‘If I am a mother with an abusive spouse, how can I resolve or eradicate the negative karmic affinity?’ (The following...

Fire Haiku

Feb. 10 | Why is playing with fire such fun… tiger moth? – Issa .どれ程に面白いのか火とり虫 dore hodo ni omoshiroi no ka hitorimushi Share This: