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Verse On Path

Apr. 19 | 发趾向道, 当愿众生, 趣佛所行, 入无依处。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第49偈) Setting foot upon, to go towards the path,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [be] inclined [towards the] Buddha’s practices,** enter...

Should I Report A ‘Minor’ Wrong Or Not?

Apr. 19 | Question: I saw a bus driver using his phone while driving. If I were to report him, he may lose his job, but if I kept quiet, it might cause a future accident that harms the commuters. It seems like a ‘minor’ wrong, but it could lead to...

Matter Haiku

Apr. 19 | What does not matter at all later probably should not matter much at all now? Share This:

The Five Contemplations To Remember At Mealtimes

Apr. 19 | Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates (Greek father of medicine) In most Chinese Buddhist temples, monastics take their meals at ‘The Hall Of Five Contemplations’ (五观堂). Usually, in its centre are the...

Karma As ‘The Accountant’ Ultimately

Apr. 19 | Is it a crime to do accounting for criminals? Some would argue that accounting in itself is neutral, regardless of those accounted for. However, if that accounted are known to be ill-gotten gains, helping to keep track of them is surely ill as well....

Rely Upon Buddha As Best Spiritual Friend

Apr. 19 | To befriend the Buddha is to familiarise with the perfect embodiment and expression of the Dharma. – Stonepeace | Books Once, in the Sakyan country, Venerable Ananda said to the Buddha, ‘Venerable Sir, good friendship is half of the holy life.’...

Life Haiku

Apr. 8 | Figure this life out before life runs out, before running in – again. Share This:

Chat On Perfection In ‘Nocturnal Animals’

Apr. 8 | In ‘Nocturnal Animals’, Susan said, ‘I was so busy trying to be perfect and…’ Edward interrupts, ‘And you don’t feel that way?’ She replies, ‘No.’ He says, ‘That’s exactly what...

Does It Always Rain When You’re Without An Umbrella?

Apr. 8 | Superstitions are attached to due to the wrong relating of various causes and conditions with various effects. – Stonepeace | Books Some claim it never rains when they are carrying an umbrella, while it always rains when they are without an umbrella....

Reflect To Diffuse Your Anger

Apr. 8 | YOUR hatred cannot be ceased by MORE hatred. YOUR hatred can only be ceased by MORE love. OTHERS’ hatred cannot be ceased by MORE hatred. OTHERS’ hatred can only be ceased by MORE love. – Stonepeace | Books To the angry mind there is never...

Verse On Vessels

Apr. 8 | 执持应器, 当愿众生, 成就法器, 受天人供。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第48偈) Firmly upholding [a] vessel [for] accepting [food],* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [be] accomplished [as] Dharma vessels,** [who]...

How Are Vows & Precepts Related?

Apr. 8 | Question: What is the significance of taking vows in Buddhism? Answer: There are several kinds of vows for Buddhists. Taking refuge in the Triple Gem is one kind. Committing to the Five Precepts is another, as is to the Eight Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts...