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Vengeance ‘In A Valley Of Violence’

Feb. 22 | The valley of violence offers a realistic study of vengeance, on the implications of taking it up and not. A wanderer enters a salon, simply seeking a break from his travels. However, he karmically (of course!) encounters the town bully. Sensing trouble,...

Question Haiku

Feb. 22 | The only question that always matters – ‘What best to do now?’ Share This:

Should We Simply Act Upon ‘Good’ Intentions?

Feb. 22 | It is will [intention], O monks, that I call karma [created]; having willed [intended], one acts through body, speech, and mind. – The Buddha (Nibbedhika Sutta: A.III.415) It is often taught that good (skilful; wholesome; positive) or bad (unskilful;...

How Regret Can Be Good (Or Bad)

Feb. 22 | Always regret evil done and good not done. Never regret good done and evil not done. – Stonepeace | Books In Buddhism, regret is not guilt. Guilt is an ego-driven emotion and as such is always non-virtuous, but regret can be either virtuous or non-virtuous....

True Liberation

Feb. 22 | He who cling to emptiness And neglects compassion, Does not reach the highest stage. But he who practices only compassion, Does not gain release from toils of existence. He, however, who is strong in practice of both, Remains neither in Samsara nor in...

Why Eat Plants As They Have Life Too?

Feb. 22 | Question: When chatting with meat-eating friends regarding myself going vegan, they say vegetables have life too. How should I reply? Answer: You can reply that plants do indeed have life, but not sentient life (with feelings, emotions, reasoning)....

Who Is The ‘Genius’ Behind Good Books?

Feb. 16 | Writing is a deed that involves the triad of karmic thought, speech and action. All that is written is first formulated in thought, while the worded is a kind of speech and writing is action. Despite availability of audio and video recordings online,...

Precepts Haiku

Feb. 16 | Teachers lax with the precepts cannot be accurate or effective in teaching morality and karma. Share This:

Can A Parent’s Negative Karma Ripen Through A Child?

Feb. 16 | We are all interconnected together, though with various degrees apart, known and seen, or not. ― Stonepeace | Books As one creates positive and negative karma personally, these good and bad karmic seeds thus ripen accordingly, when conditions are...

See Yourself As Lowest Of The Low

Feb. 16 | Once proud of your practice, you have nothing to be proud of; only your egotism to be ashamed of. – Stonepeace | Books Do not turn gods into demons. When displeased, the worldly gods cause harm. The gods are supposed to beneficial in general; so if...

Verse On Purification

Feb. 16 | 以水盥掌, 当愿众生, 得清净手, 受持佛法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第45偈) With water washing the palms, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain pure hands,* [for] receiving and upholding the Buddhadharma.’** –...

Where Did God Come From?

Feb. 16 | Question: I was chatting with a friend when she asked, ‘If there is no God, where do we come from?’ How should I answer? Answer: For the Buddhist perspective, you can answer in this way – ‘If we came from a God, where did that God...

Best Haiku

Feb. 8 | The best way to live is to be ever better in helping all to be the best. Share This:

All Too Human, The ‘League Of Gods’

Feb. 8 | ‘League Of Gods (封神传奇)’ is a way too creative retelling of the fictional 16th century Chinese classical novel (封神榜), sometimes translated as ‘Canonisation Of The Deities’ or ‘Investiture Of The Gods’....

How A Grudging Man Sought Deadly Revenge

Feb. 8 | Be quicker in mindfulness of your temper than the rise of your temper to dissolve it in time. – Stonepeace | Books Once a man was consumed with anger at another man. Day and night, he was agitated by his anger, which left him constantly unhappy. One...