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Truth Haiku

Aug. 18 | Pay attention to ‘the truth’; not ‘your truth’ preferred, which might be your delusion. Share This:

Verse On Peak

Aug. 18 | 若见高山, 当愿众生, 善根超出, 无能至顶。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第62偈) If seeing a high mountain, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ good roots* surpass [it], [to be] unable to reach their peak.’** –...

Why Should I Help Anyone At All?

Aug. 18 | May all beings give rise to Bodhicitta – that most noble spiritual aspiration to guide oneself and all other beings to the same goal of Buddhahood. – Stonepeace | Books Why even do anything to help anyone at all, since immeasurable Buddhas and...

Be The Master Of Yourself

Aug. 18 | We choose which version of ourselves to be in each and every moment. – Stonepeace | Books The Zen Master Shiyan seated on a stone in meditation often conversed with himself. ‘Master!’ he called to self. ‘Uh!’ self replied. ...

How To See Emptiness Of Forms?

Aug. 18 | Question: How do I practise to see emptiness, to depart from forms? I have tried asking myself where is the self-nature of phenomena (which does not exist), so as to not take them too seriously, and reminding myself that my self-nature (Buddha-nature)...

(Re)visiting ‘The Godfather’ Trilogy

Aug. 18 | Thanks to Netflix, I finally got to see ‘The Godfather’ Trilogy (which is a whopping 539 minutes) from beginning to end, with the triad (pun intended) of films made in the years 1972, 1974 and 1990. What struck me as most surprising about...

Realisation Haiku

Aug. 9 | One unsurprised by ‘realisation’, is yet to be enlightened; knowing what already known. Share This:

Verse On Reverence

Aug. 9 | 若见丛林, 当愿众生, 诸天及人, 所应敬礼。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第61偈) If seeing a forest monastery,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [by] all heavenly and human beings, [be] worthy of reverence and...

Why Denounce Precept-Breaking ‘Buddhist Teachers’?

Aug. 9 | 吾般涅槃后, 汝等当恭敬, 波罗提木叉, 即是汝大师。 –《佛所行赞》 (马鸣菩萨著) After my Parinirvāṇa [i.e. of Śākyamuni Buddha], you and others should have reverent respect, for the Prātimokṣa [i.e....

Be Responsible To Criticize Well

Aug. 9 | The truly kinder and wiser correct the truly deluded, to be truly kinder and wiser. – Stonepeace | Books If one presents the teachings clearly, others benefit. But if someone is supposed to propagate the Dharma and their behavior is harmful, it...

Can Precepts Really Be Broken Virtually?

Aug. 9 | Question: Does killing someone and stealing something in a computer game create any negative karma? Answer: The answer is not so straightforward. Despite the virtual nature of these deeds, it is to the extent that there is intention to actually kill,...

The Great Little Bodhisattva Ships Of ‘Dunkirk’

Aug. 9 | I confess to like watching films that present challenging situations, even if they concern matters of life or death. Don’t get me wrong – am neither sadistic nor masochistic. What intriguing is seeing conflict resolution or problem-solving...

Surprise Haiku

Aug. 2 | What you know, and something about it. Then a surprising insight together! Share This:

Verse On Patience

Aug. 2 | 若见大柱, 当愿众生, 离我诤心, 无有忿恨。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第60偈) If seeing huge pillars,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, depart from self-centred contentious minds, [to be] without anger and hatred.’** –...

10 Stonepeace Verses On Good, Evil & Purity

Aug. 2 | 诸恶莫作, 众善奉行, 自净其意, 是诸佛教。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (法句经, 第183偈) All evil should not to be done, [And] all good should be practised, [With] self-purification of your minds, [As] these are all Buddhas’...