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How Should Dharma Teachers Protect Dharma Students?

Mar. 28 | Without names, so that timeless lessons can be universally learnt, the below is based on an actual incident. Case There was a public Dharma talk with many misconceptions shared. A teacher, having taken the reasonably calculated risk of recommending...

Should Buddhists Be Bothered By Numbers?

Mar. 22 | Question: As a Buddhist, should I be bothered by my house number? Is it right to believe in numerology? I have read a lot about it and it is affecting my thinking. Answer: The Buddha banned monastics and even lay training Bodhisattvas from fortune-telling...

Verse On Road

Mar. 22 | 涉路而去, 当愿众生, 履净法界, 心无障碍。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第51偈) [When] walking on a road to go off, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, tread [into the] pure Dharma realm,* [with] minds without...

Do You Believe In The Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Mar. 22 | No god, no brahma can be called the maker [creator] of this wheel of life [and death]; just empty phenomena roll on [without fixed forms], [inter]dependent on [changing] conditions [are] all. – Visuddhimagga (XIX) The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM)...

Focus Haiku

Mar. 22 | Nianfo is focus on one skill for mastering focus on all other skills [upon reaching Pure Land]. Share This:

A Minute To The Midnight Of ‘Inferno’

Mar. 22 | In ‘Inferno’ is what many might see as a compelling speech by Zobrist, reminiscent of Agent Smith’s unnerving monologue to Morpheus in ‘The Matrix’, on how humanity is like a relentless virus. However, there are many more...

From Ordinary To Enlightened Love

Mar. 22 | The path to full enlightenment is to learn how to love all beings fully, with full compassion and wisdom. – Stonepeace | Books Ordinary love is based and mixed with attachment. Like other afflicted emotions, attachment is based not on reality but...

Verse On Giving

Mar. 15 | 手执锡杖, 当愿众生, 设大施会, 示如实道。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第47偈) With hand holding the sounding staff,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, establish great almsgiving assemblies,** [to] reveal...

Some Dharma Depths In ‘The Shallows’?

Mar. 15 | A driver brings a girl (Nancy) to a beautiful beach but refuses to divulge its name. There, she meets two surfers, who also refuse to tell it. This was to prevent crowds from flocking there, with it being like a tempting secret paradise known only by...

Is He A True Buddhist ‘Teacher’?

Mar. 15 | Question: A friend asked a layperson to help ‘clear’ her workplace of suspected spirits by chanting, and it seemed to have effect as there were less accidents and quarrels after. She also brought her kids to him for blessing. He said one...

Is It Alright For Buddhists To Gamble?

Mar. 15 | What furthers greed, hatred and delusion should not be supported in any way. What furthers generosity, compassion and wisdom should be supported all the way. – Stonepeace | Books Often, Buddhist friends are curious about why the Buddha did not discourage...

Beware Of Westernised Self-Centric ‘Mindfulness’

Mar. 15 | Realise there is no self within the five aggregates to realise the true self beyond. – Stonepeace | Books But there are significant problems with how Buddhism has been appropriated to fit directly into a Western mind-set and model. Buddhism appealed...

Fragility Haiku

Mar. 15 | Aware of life’s fragility, and death’s eventuality, now live with certainty! Share This:

Understanding Amituofo Via The Amitabha Sutra: Introduction To Pure Land Buddhism (19th Run)

Mar. 14 | Click Here To Register Scene Of 18th Run At Tai Pei Buddhist Centre: Scenes Of 10th Run At Kong Meng San: Practice of guided mindfulness of Buddha Practice of recitation of sutra once before detailed learning with bilingual text Practice of guided...