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Truth Haiku

Aug. 30 | The truth is not won by a popularity vote; but by the relatively awakened few.* * at any one point in time in non-Pure Lands Share This:

Verse On Thorns

Aug. 30 | 见棘刺树, 当愿众生, 疾得翦除, 三毒之刺。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第63偈) If seeing a thorny tree, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, swiftly be able to cut and eradicate [the] three poisons’* thorns.’ –...

Does Good Triumph Over Evil?

Aug. 30 | But he who has abandoned greed, hatred and delusion, is no longer Māra’s prisoner; he is freed from Māra’s snares, no longer subject to the Evil One’s will and pleasure. – The Buddha (Itivuttaka 68) Will good triumph over evil? Or does evil...

6 Reflections On Departure From ‘Buddhist’ Cults

Aug. 30 | Swiftly avoid evil yourself. Swiftly do good yourself. Swiftly purify yourself. – Stonepeace | Books [1] Question: Ironically, the constant reminder not to slander the ‘Dharma’ and ‘Dharma teachers’ is why many in cults do...

How Did Dharma Ceremonies Originate?

Aug. 30 | Question: Were there Dharma ceremonies (法会) in the Buddha’s time? If not, how did they arise? Answer: The original meaning of Dharma ceremonies is more accurately ‘Dharma assemblies’ – where people assemble to learn the Dharma....

Is ‘American History X’ Still Repeating?

Aug. 30 | Just rewatched this powerful 1999 film on Netflix, whose message on the senselessness of racial hate remains as relevant as ever in the light of Charlottesville’s white supremacist rallies (2017). AHX tells of how the insecure, frustrated and...

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....