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A Minute To The Midnight Of ‘Inferno’

Mar. 22 | In ‘Inferno’ is what many might see as a compelling speech by Zobrist, reminiscent of Agent Smith’s unnerving monologue to Morpheus in ‘The Matrix’, on how humanity is like a relentless virus. However, there are many more...

Verse On Giving

Mar. 15 | 手执锡杖, 当愿众生, 设大施会, 示如实道。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第47偈) With hand holding the sounding staff,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, establish great almsgiving assemblies,** [to] reveal...

Some Dharma Depths In ‘The Shallows’?

Mar. 15 | A driver brings a girl (Nancy) to a beautiful beach but refuses to divulge its name. There, she meets two surfers, who also refuse to tell it. This was to prevent crowds from flocking there, with it being like a tempting secret paradise known only by...

Is It Alright For Buddhists To Gamble?

Mar. 15 | What furthers greed, hatred and delusion should not be supported in any way. What furthers generosity, compassion and wisdom should be supported all the way. – Stonepeace | Books Often, Buddhist friends are curious about why the Buddha did not discourage...

Verse On Face-Washing

Mar. 1 | 以水洗面, 当愿众生, 得净法门, 永无垢染。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第46偈) With water washing the face, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain pure Dharma doors,* [to] forever be without defilements.’** –...

Is There A Proper Way To Prostrate?

Mar. 1 | Question: I saw an elderly woman scolding a younger woman in a Buddhist temple for not prostrating properly, insisting that she must follow the proper way or she might ‘go to hell’! She was taken aback, trying to explain that she believes...

‘The Magnificent Seven’ Reborn

Mar. 1 | ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016) is a remake of the 1960 Western classic. Though set in 1879, it has a contemporary multi-cultural update, perhaps accidentally hinting of how to make America truly great? A murderous robber baron, who represents...

Transcending The Limits Of Worldly Philosophies

Mar. 1 | Be not so worldly that transcending the worldly out of wisdom is totally neglected. [to be continued…] – Stonepeace | Books When Confucius’ disciples asked if he thought they will be rewarded after death for their good done for others,...

Vengeance ‘In A Valley Of Violence’

Feb. 22 | The valley of violence offers a realistic study of vengeance, on the implications of taking it up and not. A wanderer enters a salon, simply seeking a break from his travels. However, he karmically (of course!) encounters the town bully. Sensing trouble,...

Should We Simply Act Upon ‘Good’ Intentions?

Feb. 22 | It is will [intention], O monks, that I call karma [created]; having willed [intended], one acts through body, speech, and mind. – The Buddha (Nibbedhika Sutta: A.III.415) It is often taught that good (skilful; wholesome; positive) or bad (unskilful;...

Why Eat Plants As They Have Life Too?

Feb. 22 | Question: When chatting with meat-eating friends regarding myself going vegan, they say vegetables have life too. How should I reply? Answer: You can reply that plants do indeed have life, but not sentient life (with feelings, emotions, reasoning)....

Who Is The ‘Genius’ Behind Good Books?

Feb. 16 | Writing is a deed that involves the triad of karmic thought, speech and action. All that is written is first formulated in thought, while the worded is a kind of speech and writing is action. Despite availability of audio and video recordings online,...

Can A Parent’s Negative Karma Ripen Through A Child?

Feb. 16 | We are all interconnected together, though with various degrees apart, known and seen, or not. ― Stonepeace | Books As one creates positive and negative karma personally, these good and bad karmic seeds thus ripen accordingly, when conditions are...

Best Haiku

Feb. 8 | The best way to live is to be ever better in helping all to be the best. Share This:

Let’s Extend The Starfish Story!

Feb. 8 | Just as we appreciate every little bit of help, why not offer it to others who will appreciate it too? – Stonepeace | Books In the famous starfish story, a child was seen picking up and hurling beached starfishes back into the sea. An adult asks...