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Worry Haiku

May. 27 | ‘Do you never worry?’ ‘Would it help?’ *Surprised silent reflection* (Dialogue from movie ‘Bridge Of Spies’) Share This:

The Lying ‘Snake’ Vs The Sitting ‘Toad’

May. 27 | The wise heed wisdom from anyone who offers it. The foolish ignore wisdom from everyone who offers it. – Stonepeace | Books There was once a Zen [Chan] Master who practiced meditation with extreme diligence. He usually slept in a sitting position rather...

Verse On Changing Clothes

May. 27 | 脱去俗服, 当愿众生, 勤修善根, 舍诸罪轭。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第16偈) When taking off worldly clothes,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, diligently cultivate good roots,** renounce all obstructive...

Be Inspired By Great Master ‘Xuan Zang’! | 观看《大唐玄奘》记

May. 27 | The biopic ‘Xuan Zang’ (大唐玄奘), which focuses on the life and times of Tripitaka Master Venerable Xuan Zang (602-664), reminds us of the tremendous challenges that ancient Chinese pilgrim monastics underwent, so as to retrieve the...

Should Buddhists Kill In War?

May. 25 | Question: If we are at war, in defending our country, as a Buddhist conscripted soldier, should we kill enemies charging towards us, or just let them overrun us? Answer: In this situation on defence, it is not about just about Person A (you) versus Person...

Are You Ignorant Of Your Cypher Complex?

May. 25 | (To Enter Or Exit ‘The Matrix’ Of Delusion?) Disciple: Do Pure Lands (净土) exist? Master: Does this defiled land (秽土) exist? Disciple: Of course it does. Master: If so, Pure Lands exist all the more. – Pure Land & Zen Dialogue Screened...

Happy Vesak 2560

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Excuse Haiku

May. 18 | What excuse can excuse you for your excuse? Share This:

What Does It Mean To Be Awakened?

May. 18 | Question: What does being ‘awakened’ mean in Buddhism? Answer: To be awakened is opposite of being asleep or deluded; it is to spiritually wake up, to become aware. We are currently not totally awake to our Buddha-nature, which is our potential...

What If You Can Fulfil ‘Absolutely Anything’?

May. 18 | Sampled by ‘superior’ aliens, Neil is lent the power to wish absolutely anything to reality. It was a test to see if humans know good from evil, to deserve life as usual, or to be destroyed – if deemed too stupid and dangerous to the rest...

An Imperfect Student Seeks A Perfect Teacher

May. 18 | As it is with perfectionism that we become perfect, why compromise on it? – Stonepeace | Books [1] Stages Of Seeking A Perfect Teacher (i) No Teacher: Before discovery of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings, the student had no true spiritual teacher, as...

Verse On Speedy Spiritual Progress

May. 18 | 求请出家, 当愿众生, 得不退法, 心无障碍。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品11: 第15偈) When requesting to renounce household life,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain the non-retrogressible Dharma,** with...

Four Ways Bodhisattvas Lose Bodhicitta

May. 18 | As they might backslide, beginner Bodhisattvas should keep giving rise to Bodhicitta now, until they become great Bodhisattvas. As they might backslide, beginner Bodhisattvas should keep aspiring to reach Pure Land now, where they become great Bodhisattvas. –...

A Buddhist Tale Of Sex & Violence

May. 8 | Those who intentionally break precepts with plans to repent after doing so will find it very difficult to repent truly. – Stonepeace | Books Once when the Buddha Shakyamuni was in the world, there were two Bhikshus [Buddhist monks] cultivating in the...

Can Buddhist Practice Cause Sickness?

May. 8 | A longer-lasting pain is not as good as a shorter-lasting pain. (长痛不如短痛) – Chinese Saying Why is it that some seem to suddenly become unwell when they embark on the path of Dharma learning and practice, while others do not? Unwellness can...