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Where Best To Go When This Life Ends?

Sep. 30 | 具缚凡夫,有大悲心, 愿生恶世,救苦众生者,无有是处。 – 大智度论 (龙树菩萨) For bound ordinary beings, who have the mind of great compassion, and aspire for birth in this evil period, to save suffering sentient beings, this...

How The Buddha Taught Completely & Perfectly

Sep. 30 | If the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are all already doing their best to skilfully guide us to Buddhahood, all that remains is for us to do our best in heeding their teachings as advised. – Stonepeace | Books On one occasion Ananda, I was resting under the...

Karma Haiku

Sep. 30 | Your make or break your own day, with your past karma mixed with present attitude and action, (which creates new karma). Share This:

How To Easier Chant Guanyin Bodhisattva’s Name?

Sep. 30 | Question: I have been chanting Guanyin Bodhisattva’s name with this long format – ‘南无大慈大悲救苦救难广大灵感观世音菩萨摩诃萨‘ (Namo Daci Dabei Jiuku Jiunan Guangda Linggan Guanshiyin Pusa Mohesa: Homage to and...

‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Is On The Joker

Sep. 30 | Based on the acclaimed comic book, in its animated feature, the Joker seeks to demonstrate that there is not much difference, if any, between him and everyone else… as ‘crazy’ as this might sound. The idea he deludedly and desperately...

Verse On Bedding

Sep. 30 | 若敷床座, 当愿众生, 开敷善法, 见真实相。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第28偈) When spreading [upon] bedding, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [be] open [to and] spread good dharmas,* [and] see truths’...

Project Patience: How To ‘Fight’ The Fire Of Anger (Run 3)

Sep. 29 | Click here for free early bird registration (for first 132) Praise From Previous Runs: More than 10 years ago, I attended a fellowship session led by teacher Shi’an. The discussion happened to be based on a chapter in Shantideva’s ‘Guide...

Verse On Entering Hall

Sep. 23 | 若入堂宇, 当愿众生, 升无上堂, 安住不动。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第27偈) If entering Buddha [and sutra] halls, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings rise [to enter the] unsurpassable hall,* [to] peacefully...

Should We Kill Many Others To Protect Ourselves?

Sep. 23 | Thinking, ‘As am I so are others, as are others so am I’, harm none nor have them harmed. – Sakyamuni Buddha (Sutta Nipata 705) For protecting humans upon complaints, does the searching for destroying of animal ‘pests’, such...

How Even Stubborn Rocks Agreed With A Master

Sep. 23 | The only beings who ‘cannot’ become Buddhas are those who still refuse to see their Buddha-nature. – Stonepeace | Books One of the foremost disciples of the Venerable Huiyuan [慧远大师: the First Patriarch of the Pure Land tradition],...

Does Chanting Lead To Seeing Of Spirits?

Sep. 23 | Question: Someone said he sees more spirits (ghost beings) when he chants. Is this supposed to happen? If chanting attracts spirits, is it good for us? Answer: If what said is true, why this happened depends on what is chanted, where and when it was...

Rock Haiku

Sep. 23 | Particles gather more particles to form the third rock from the sun, whose rocks now grind to be particles. Share This:

‘Money Monster’ Driven By Delusional Greed

Sep. 23 | ‘Money Monster’ is an unnerving yet realistically portrayed look at the interconnections between corporations and their investors. An ‘inexplicable isolated’ computer glitch occurs, that sends the market into a frenzy over a company...

Verse On Complete Precepts

Sep. 13 | 受具足戒, 当愿众生, 具诸方便, 得最胜法。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第26偈) [When] receiving [the] complete precepts,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [be] complete [with] all expedient means,** ...

From ‘Mood Indigo’ To Mood Mono?

Sep. 13 | Titled after a 1930 jazz song by Duke Ellington and company, ‘Mood Indigo’ was originally titled ‘Dreamy Blues’. As many jazz pieces are, it is bittersweet, though arguably more bitter than sweet due to its renaming. Then again,...