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Can I Simply Do Good To Cover Evil?

Mar. 30 | Question: If one brutally killed an animal, such as a cat, and later liberates many other kinds of animals otherwise destined for slaughter, would this person had ‘atoned’ for the misgiving, and accumulated much positive karma? Answer: It...

Verse On Difficulties

Mar. 30 | 若在厄难, 当愿众生, 随意自在, 所行无碍。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第11偈) If with adversities and difficulties, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, according [to their] wishes* be at ease, [in] that...

Be ‘The Intern’ Of Dharma Before Death

Mar. 30 | In the opening video resume monologue of ‘The Intern’, Ben says this, ‘Freud said, “Love and work, work and love. That’s all there is.” Well, I’m retired and my wife is dead. As you can imagine, that has given me some time on...

Drunk Haiku

Mar. 30 | Drunk and drowsy half of the time, only half alive!* * or ‘only half a life’.  Share This:

Offering Self-Sacrifice Vs Wanting Others Sacrifice

Mar. 30 | The perfection of sacrifice is attained with sacrifice till there is no more sacrifice. – Stonepeace | Books Few of us can love all humanity. Life for us cannot but be centered around ourselves. Indeed, if we do not have a love for our own life, we...

How Bridesmaids Meet Revata’s Ghosts And Theseus’ Ship

Mar. 30 | As change is inevitable, the inevitable question is how you wish to change you. – Stonepeace | Books In the comedy ‘Bridesmaids’ is this argument – H(elen): It’s too bad Lilian couldn’t play with us today… A(nnie):...

Verse On Gathering

Mar. 18 | 众会聚集, 当愿众生, 舍众聚法, 成一切智。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第10偈) [When] multitudes meet and gather, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, renounce the many gathered dharmas,* [and] accomplish...

Why The Chinese Canon Is As Important As The Pali Canon

Mar. 18 | (Why The Pali Canon Does Not Represent All Of Buddhism) Availability of pure teachings depends on our availability of reverence, diligence and merits. – Anonone From Foreword by Roderick S. Bucknell, University of Queensland: ‘Here the author...

Love Vs Lust In ‘Zoolander 2’

Mar. 18 | In ‘Zoolander 2’ is a satirical yet somewhat thought-provoking take on the nature of love versus lust, of how easy it is to confuse one for the other. There was Hansel, portrayed as a once successful fashion model, who prided his entire worth...

How Can Niànfó Prevent The Worst Rebirth To Attain The Best?

Mar. 18 | The most intense negative karma of the most evil in the universe is incomparable in magnitude and quantity to the boundless meritorious virtues of the most enlightened in the universe. [To be continued…] – Stonepeace | Books Introduction: In...

Can I Write On Sutra Books?

Mar. 18 | Question: I have written notes in the margins of a sutra book to help me understand its Dharma terms. However, someone told me that I should not write anything on the book as it is disrespectful. Is this true? Answer: Not writing on sutra books is...

Self-Plea Haiku

Mar. 17 | Already another birth… but not another life please, to just another death. Share This:

‘Beyond 24’ Good Reasons To Live Vegan

Mar. 9 | At the 6:45 min of the delightfully breezy (Chinese-Cantonese-English) short film ‘Beyond 24 (Reasons to Live A Veggie Lifestyle: https://youtube.com/watch?v=1gFVd8RdK-Y)’, which interviews 24 folks on why they went vegan, the associate producer...

Star Haiku

Mar. 9 | Be it shooting stars Or flickering stars, They both come and go. Share This:

Verse On Giving

Mar. 9 |   若有所施, 当愿众生, 一切能舍, 心无爱着。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第9偈) If there is that given, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [of] everything* [be] able [to] renounce, [with their]...