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House Haiku

Sep. 13 | In a burning house now, quickly look for the fastest way out! (The Buddha described the Three Spheres as a burning house that we are trapped in, that threatens to collapse upon us at any time due to impending death and rebirth.) Share This:

Verse On Flower

Sep. 13 | 若见华开, 当愿众生, 神通等法, 如华开敷。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第65偈) If seeing a flower blossom, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ supernormal powers and other dharmas,* like flowers blossom...

Are You Waiting For Your ‘Guru’ To Find You?

Sep. 13 | 当来之世,经道灭尽, 我以慈悲哀愍,特留此经 ,止住百岁。 其有众生,值斯经者,随意所愿,皆可得度。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《无量寿经》 In the world of the future, when the paths of the sutras [to enlightenment]...

A Checklist For Bad Gurus (Spiritual Teachers)

Sep. 13 | Good students appreciate  being corrected of their mistakes as they are good students. Good teachers appreciate being corrected of their mistakes as they are also good students. – Stonepeace | Books If a fresh banana leaf is wrapped around a piece...

Should Buddhists Play Matchmakers?

Sep. 13 | Question: Is it alright to matchmake good friends who are good in character? Answer: It does not accord with the Bodhisattva Precepts to do matchmaking – as it helps to perpetuate Samsara by encouraging attachment. You should encourage them to...

Light In ‘The Darkest Hour’

Sep. 13 | ‘The Darkest Hour’ is really a simple science fiction flick… about invisible and thus insidious aliens, who are energy vampires. As in the case of all sudden catastrophes, be it storms, monsters or zombies, they tend to bring out the...

Cent Haiku

Sep. 6 | Even zillionaires cannot carry a single cent to their next lives. Share This:

Verse On Shade

Sep. 6 | 见树叶茂, 当愿众生, 以定解脱, 而为荫映。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第64偈) Seeing a tree’s leaves that are lush, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, with concentration [attain] liberation, and with it...

Why You Should Master The Pure Land Teachings Now

Sep. 6 | 若有众生, 闻是说者, 应当发愿, 生彼国土。 – 阿弥陀经 (释迦牟尼佛) If there are [sentient] beings who hear this [teaching], they should vow [aspire] to be born in that [Pure] Land. – Amitā[bha] Sūtra (Śākyamuni...

We Are All Passing Travellers

Sep. 6 | As we merely passing by here, what matters is what we leave behind – in terms of our words and deeds. – Stonepeace | Books Master Han Shan was one of the four great masters of the late Ming dynasty. Once, while travelling, he lost his way and...

Should I Help Pay For Non-Vegan Food?

Sep. 6 | Question: I am a vegetarian and an aspiring vegan. As my workplace offers discount in an attached restaurant, friends like to visit to have meals with me, to also benefit from the staff discount I can get. However, they usually order meat dishes. I try...

Ryuk Returns With His ‘Death Note’ (2017)

Sep. 6 | In case you missed it about 10 years ago, ‘Death Note’ is a (thankfully) fictitious book granted by a death god (Ryuk). Its keeper can write to actualise the death of anyone in any manner, as long as the name and face are known. Ryuk is...