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Countdown Haiku

Aug. 24 | Make this life countdown to the greatest school ever – Amituofo’s land! Share This:

Great Ease Of Coming & Going

Aug. 24 | If you cannot control your passing, you could not control your coming. if you cannot fully control your death, you cannot fully control your life. – Stonepeace | Books Once the Chinese Emperor Mu Chung of the Tang dynasty, impressed by the level of...

Redemption Of ‘The Bodyguard’

Aug. 24 | An old retired man develops dementia, forgetting this and that… while not forgetting one incident every day awake – the loss of his young granddaughter, which was indirectly his fault due to an accident. Having been a skilful bodyguard to many...

My Journey From ‘Hell’ To ‘Heaven’ And Back

Aug. 24 | The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. – John Milton (The below is based on a personal past experience) Admitted to the first hospital due to outbreak of drug allergy. Sluggishly, the cause remained undiscovered, with...

Do Buddhas & Bodhisattvas Only Help Those Faithfully Mindful Of Them?

Aug. 24 | Question: Is it such that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas only help those who are mindful of them, who pray to them for help with sincere faith? Answer: Having perfect compassion and skilful means, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas also help those who are not mindful...

Verse On Non-Attachment

Aug. 24 | 受和尚教, 当愿众生, 入无生智, 到无依处。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第25偈) [When] receiving guiding teachers’* teachings, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings enter [the] wisdom [of] non-birth,...

Does Smoking Break The Fifth Precept?

Aug. 24 | The best way to curb negative habits is to cultivate positive habits. – Stonepeace | Books It is Buddhist general knowledge, that the Fifth Precept for beginner Buddhists is to abstain from consumption of intoxicants. The usual definition of intoxicants...

Why Avoidance Of Alcohol Is So Important

Aug. 18 | The only way to prove you are not addicted, is to kick the habit now. – Stonepeace | Books In the basic Five Precepts, which are moral guidelines for beginner Buddhists, is the Fifth Precept against the drinking of alcoholic beverages. Avoidance...

Verse On Behaviour

Aug. 18 | 受阇梨教, 当愿众生, 具足威仪, 所行真实。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品11: 第24偈) When receiving acharyas’* teachings [of precepts], [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [be] complete [with] excellent...

Peace Haiku

Aug. 18 | Of little use is peace if only for oneself, forgetting others need it too. Share This:

Should We Receive Charitable Donations From All?

Aug. 18 | Question: Is it alright to receive donations from sources that we know are not ethical trades according to the Buddha’s teachings? E.g. Sponsorships from lottery boards and liquor companies. While their intention seems good, their sources of income...

How Shariputra Saw A Man, His Son & Their Dog

Aug. 18 | … Stop harming others, as you would want others to stop harming you… You can benefit others right away by not harming numberless sentient beings, by not eating them… With so many sentient beings, this frees them from being killed…...

Hail Humour Of ‘Hail, Caesar!’

Aug. 18 | The following is perhaps the most interesting part of the critically acclaimed ‘Hail, Caesar!‘ It is an argument over the nature of God, as believed by some faiths. (You can catch the humourously depicted debate at https://youtube.com/watch?v=KJEiDRi4Itc)...

Project Makan: Vegetarianism & Veganism In The True Sutras (2nd Run)

Aug. 10 | Register Free By Clicking Here Some Past Feedback:  Dear Shi’an Laoshi, thank you for conducting the Project Makan class. You have so much to teach and we have so much to learn, not only in this class but over many courses you have taught. I have...

What Are You Practising Mindfulness For?

Aug. 3 | Mindfulness, I declare… is helpful everywhere. – Sakyamuni Buddha In recent years, cultivation of mindfulness has become all the craze, portrayed as an indispensable life skill. Of course, as the Buddha put it, mindfulness is ever useful,...