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Ghost-Counsellors Over ‘Ghostbusters’!

Oct. 28 | Though fictitious in the name of fun, the very title and anti-ghost logo of ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016) is already morally wrong in the eyes of Buddhism. Why bust ghosts when they ought to be counselled to turn over a new leaf for taking better...

Verse On Contemplation

Oct. 28 | 若修于观, 当愿众生, 见如实理, 永无乖诤。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第32偈) If cultivating contemplation,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings see [the] principles [of] reality,** [and] forever [be]...

Who Decides Who Is A Bodhisattva?

Oct. 28 | Question: If a Bodhisattva is not supposed to declare oneself as one, who declared the famous Bodhisattvas to be so in history? Answer: There is a difference between announcing aspiration to walk the Bodhisattva path, and being an actual great Bodhisattva....

You Do It To Yourself

Oct. 28 | Wake up purposeful, to awaken further. Lie down purposeful, to rest to better awaken. – Stonepeace | Books In a classic introspective Radiohead music video (https://youtube.com/watch?v=-_qMagfZtv8) of ‘Just’ (from their 1995 album ‘The...

Where Are You Going? 

Oct. 28 | Do you know who you are, why you are going where, what you are going there for,  how you will get there, and when? – Stonepeace | Books Zen teachers train their young pupils to express themselves. Two Zen temples each had a child protégé. One child,...

Forever Haiku

Oct. 26 | Take your time,* but not forever, or it would be never! * to do what you should Share This:

What To Relate To The Triple Gem?

Oct. 24 | Question: Is there a right attitude we should have when relating to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arhats, the Dharma (the Buddhist teachings), the Sangha and Dharma teachers? Answer: What mentioned above included the Triple Gem (Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha),...

Verse On Concentration

Oct. 24 | 修行于定, 当愿众生, 以定伏心, 究竟无余。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第31偈) [When] cultivating practice of concentration,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ with concentration subdue [their]...

The Meta Nature Of ‘The Meddler’

Oct. 24 | ‘The Meddler’ features Blues Traveler performing. As it is a real-life band, the lead singer John Popper commented so an interview, ‘We’re playing ourselves, which, you know, it’s kind of the toughest role, because, does...

We Are Still Buddhists, Not Yet Buddhas!

Oct. 24 | Just as it is swiftest to master a worldly skill by enrolling in a good school  to learn from a good teacher, it is swiftest to master the transcendental skills to Buddhahood by entering the most recommended [Sukavati] Pure Land to learn from the best...

The Snow Does Not Fall Elsewhere

Oct. 24 | There is no fairness; there is only karma. There is no unfairness; there is only karma. – Stonepeace | Books One winter day, while Pang was leaving the monastery of Master Yao Shan, some young monks, who were disdainful of his status as a mere layman,...

Speculation Haiku

Oct. 19 | Speculate not on the Dharma; only specialise! Share This:

‘The Lady In The Van’ In The Writer’s Mind

Oct. 16 | This film is in part about the life of an old lady (who lived in a van), and in equal part about the life of the writer (who encountered her). While both lives are interesting, this review will focus on the writer’s inner life. In the script appears...

Why Slander Of Pure Land Is Especially Grave

Oct. 15 | … 东[/南/西/北/下/上]方世界,有… 佛,如是等恒河沙数诸佛… 说诚实言:汝等众生,当信是称赞不可思议功德,一切诸佛所护念经。 – 释迦牟尼佛: 一切诸佛所护念经 (阿弥陀经) …...

How To Most Swiftly Attain Buddhahood

Oct. 15 | As long as there is attachment to ego, there are demons. When there is no more attachment to ego, there are no more demons either! – Machig Labdron For those who wish to become Buddhas swiftly, it is necessary to pray for rebirth in a pure buddha-field...