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A Mother’s ‘Dark Places’ Of Delusion

Jun. 29 | In the movie ‘Dark Places’, a desperate mother pays an ‘angel of debt’ (a fancy name for ‘hired gun’) to fake her murder, so as to claim insurance money for her poor children. In her letter disclosed, she wrote –...

Doubt Haiku

Jun. 29 | Maybe there should be no more maybes for such things – why not verify? Share This:

Verse On Renunciation (2)

Jun. 29 | 正出家时, 当愿众生, 同佛出家, 救护一切。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品11: 第19偈) Just when renouncing household [life],* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, like the Buddha, renounce [their] household [lives],** to...

How Past Lives’ Karma Can Ripen In Future Lives

Jun. 29 | Although there are changes, there are casualities in change, and thus continuums of change. – Stonepeace | Books Suppose after a very rich man and all his children die, all his property is taken by the government. Then a man comes and states, ‘All...

Of Loving-Kindness To Our Tiny Friends

Jun. 29 | (Reflections From A Retreat In The Wild) Insects The Buddha says in the Surangama Sutra (楞严经), ‘Pure Bhikṣus [monastics] and all Bodhisattvas, at divergent roads walking [where there are grass patches], do not tread on living grass, what...

Should I Commit To The Precepts Formally?

Jun. 27 | Question: I wish to commit to the five precepts but worry about unintentionally breaking them. I have also heard a ‘Buddhist’ say that as the negative karma from breaking precepts is serious, it is better not to commit to the precepts formally,...

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny’ (That Is Arbitrary)

Jun. 20 | The story continues the romanticism of swordplay and destiny. What better way to combine the duo by more harping on the ‘Sword Of Destiny’? Truly, it is an empty case of existence preceding essence… Shape a sword and call it ‘Destiny’,...

Verse On Wearing Robes

Jun. 15 | 著袈裟衣, 当愿众生, 心无所染, 具大仙道。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品11: 第18偈) When wearing the kasaya clothing,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ minds be without any defilements,** [with] completing...

How The Buddha Eventually Advocated Veganism

Jun. 15 | (The Buddha’s Admonition Against Killing & Eating Of Sentient Beings) 释迦牟尼佛如何逐渐提倡全素 (佛陀对杀生与食肉的训诫)  The word ‘veganism’ denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude —...

Good Haiku

Jun. 15 | A good poem is good for all, not for one only. ___ A good poem is not vain, or it would be in vain. ___ A good poem is good for all time, not for one moment only. Share This:

Is It Okay To Vent Anger When Stressed?

Jun. 15 | Question: I was shocked when I saw a volunteer speaking harshly to a group of devotees queuing up for a ceremony. No matter how stressed we are, I think we should be mindful that the Buddha taught us to always be kind. Can a volunteer of any religious...

The Buddha As The Ultimate Revolutionary

Jun. 15 | Transform yourself inside out, first in your thought, then in speech and action. – Stonepeace | Books Today, many people think that Buddhists are running away from reality. But this is a deep misunderstanding. The Buddha left the world of material pleasures,...

Sg: Destination Pureland: How To Have The Best Rebirth (4th Run)

Jun. 2 | Dates shifted to 1 week later: 26 Jul-6 Sep Click To Register Here Feedback From Previous Rounds: ‘This is one of the most interesting courses that I have attended. What we ought to know about preparation before and after death were well...

Why Do Buddhists Avoid Meat-Eating & Practise Animal Liberation?

Jun. 1 | (The Bodhisattva Precepts On Going Vegetarian & Releasing Lives) How does one keep wishing all beings to be well and happy while eating many of them? –  Anonone To answer the titled question, let us look at five interconnected Bodhisattva...

Learn The Poise Of A Dying Man Alive

Jun. 1 | The worth of a life lived is how much the three poisons were purged, and how much the three antidotes were nurtured. – Stonepeace | Books (The three antidotes of generosity, compassion and wisdom cure the three poisons attachment, aversion and...