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Liar Haiku

Apr. 27 | The worst liars are liars who lie about their lying. Share This:

How Does Knowing & Seeing Truth Differ?

Apr. 27 | Question: What are the differences between knowing and seeing truth? Answer: There are two kinds of truths – relative (conventional) truths and absolute (ultimate) truth. An article explaining the difference between these truths can be seen at...

A Short Chat In ‘A Chinese Tall Story’

Apr. 27 | In the movie ‘A Chinese Tall Story’ (情颠大圣), which is yet another spin-off retelling of the already fictitious novel ‘Journey To The West’, it’s clearly non-factual version of ‘Tripitaka’ (Dharma Master...

Three Spiritual Diseases, Evils & Mistakes To Avoid

Apr. 27 | Should one find a man who points out faults and who reproves, let him follow such a wise and sagacious person as one would a guide to hidden treasure. It is always better, and never worse, to cultivate such an association. – Sakyamuni Buddha (Dhammapada,...

Purify Yourself Without Projecting Perfection On Others

Apr. 27 | When I am born in a place of impurity It is the weapon of destructive karma turning upon me. For always cultivating impure perceptions. From now on I will cultivate only pure perceptions. – Dharmarakshita (The Wheel Of Sharp Weapons, Verse 14) A place...

Six Faults

Apr. 27 | The proud will never be pleased. The jealous will never be happy. The greedy will never be satisfied. The hateful will never be reconciled. The stingy will never have enough. The ignorant will never accomplish. – Patrul Rinpoche Share This:

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....