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The ‘It’s Nothing (Yet Something) Personal’ Paradox

Jan. 25 | We either make more friends or enemies of present strangers, while it is hard to make friends and enemies strangers again. – Stonepeace | Books ‘It’s nothing personal’… how a stranger might be rude to you, since s/he does not...

Attention Haiku

Jan. 25 | Note more of the noteworthy and less of the not. Share This:

‘St. Vincent’ Or ‘Just Vincent’?

Jan. 25 | A school teacher who is a brother at St. Stephen’s School asks his class if anyone knows what a saint is. A girl replies that saints are ‘individuals who display and act out of exceptional holiness’. The brother replies – ‘that’s...

The Benefits of Previous Endeavour

Jan. 25 | Everything we do and even not do now bears consequences for better or worse later. – Stonepeace | Books The king [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, “Suppose a man were to do good deeds, should he have done it previously, or should he do it after now?”...

Verse On Toileting

Jan. 25 | 大小便时, 当愿众生, 弃贪瞋痴, 蠲除罪法。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品: 第42偈) When defecating and urinating, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings discard greed, hatred and delusion, dispose and eradicate transgressive...

How To Relate To Fengshui & Bazi?

Jan. 25 | Question: How should we relate fengshui (Chinese geomancy)? Eg. ideas like how the bed should not face the toilet door? Answer Some fengshui principles are just common sense. Eg. Of course the bed should avoid facing a toilet, as there will be dampness...

The Pure Land Pass Card

Jan. 20 | Light, thin, strong, waterproof, glossy and credit card sized with rounded corners, ‘The Pure Land Pass Card’ is for stating crucial emergency contact information, with QR code and web link to ‘The Pure Land Passport: The Three Great...

Self Haiku

Jan. 18 | Accomplish the selfless to outdo and outlast your short-lived ‘self’, or your’self’ would not matter much. Share This:

Verse On Purity

Jan. 18 | 嚼杨枝时, 当愿众生, 其心调净, 噬诸烦恼。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第41偈) When chewing willow branch,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings their minds [be] tuned [to] purity, biting [off] all afflictions.’** –...

Can I Eat Vegan Food Mixed With Non-Vegan Food?

Jan. 18 | Question: As I wish to commit spiritually to the vegan diet, is it okay to eat vegan food that is cooked or mixed with non-vegan food? Answer: Buddhists do not see spiritual defilements to be incurred merely by taste; but by whether there is consumption...

Why Do Good Now Instead Of Later?

Jan. 18 | If it is surely good to do good, it is surely better to do better now than later, which might be too late. – Stonepeace | Books The king [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, “Suppose a man were to do good deeds, should he have done it previously, or should...

How To Queue Alone To Lead Many

Jan. 18 | Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain I went to wait in a small parking lot for the delivery van. It is the last phase of a ‘pick up your online purchases at a collection point’...

Some Universal Wisdom In ‘Central Intelligence’?

Jan. 18 | In ‘Central Intelligence’, while flying in a plane, Bob pretends to run of gas and sends it into a dive. He then asks Calvin, ‘What’s the one thing you wish you’d done in your life?… What’s the one thing you...

Growing Up In ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

Jan. 13 | Who is a peculiar? One who is seen as weird, bizarre, strange by the majority, who is more of unusual, fascinating, amazing and unique. Note that these adjectives though seemingly synonymous, differ subtly but surely in meanings. The first half of the...

Can You Walk With A Full Bowl On Your Head?

Jan. 13 | 真能念佛, 放下身心世界, 即大布施。 – 净宗九祖蕅益大师 To truly be able to be mindful of Buddha [Amituofo], let go of the body, mind [with stray thoughts] and the world, [the practice of] which is [the perfection of] great...