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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...

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...

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...

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’...

Should One’s Past Form Be Seen As Empty?

Aug. 2 | Question: It is said that we should not be attached to emptiness… Answer: … and not be attached to form too, while it is practically safer to be skilfully ‘attached’ to pure forms (such as that of Pure Land) as the best stepping...

Of Gods, Demi-Gods & Humans In ‘Wonder Woman’

Aug. 2 | Where Wonder Woman was created by Zeus (the absent god), Themyscira is a Greek mythological Paradise Island with only Amazon women. Somewhat feminist, perhaps sexist, yet true, it also represents how there might be safety and peace without the war-mongering...

Impermanence Haiku

Jul. 24 | Since impermanence is a constant truth, be mindful of it now. Share This:

How Do I Make Spiritual Vows?

Jul. 24 | Question: How do I make my own personal spiritual vows? Answer: You can announce your vows before a Buddha image in a proper Buddhist temple while kneeling, prostrating once upon saying each vow. If you wish to further express the sincerity and seriousness...

Meet ‘Okja’ The Super Omni-Animal!

Jul. 24 | ‘Okja’ begins with the mercenary Lucy Mirando announcing, ‘The world’s [human] population is 7 billion. 805 million humans struggle with hunger every day, including 30 million right here in the United States. The world is running...

How To Spiritualise The Worldly Five Desires

Jul. 13 | What cannot be rid of immediately should be transformed immediately, so as to be rid of eventually. – Stonepeace | Books As beings in the Desire Sphere (欲界), we are all with the Five Desires (五欲), for pleasing sights (色), sounds (声), smells...

When Is Your Good Or Bad Karma’s ‘Due Date’?

Jul. 13 | Near the beginning of the movie ‘Due Date’ is a minor accident before Ethan and Peter enter an airport. Ethan tries to console Peter – ‘My father always had a saying. When a day starts like this, it’s all uphill from here.’...

Will We Face Obstacles During Buddhist Practice?

Jul. 5 | It is not that we have to be free of obstacles to practise the Dharma, but that we practise the Dharma to be free of obstacles. – Stonepeace | Books There is a popular notion that obstacles are frequent when attending Dharma assemblies for retreats,...

10 Reasons Why ‘Iron Fist’ Is No Buddhist

Jul. 5 | This is not so much a review of season 1’s ‘Iron Fist’, but a correction of its 10 mistakes made in the name of Buddhist culture. [1] Danny Rand shares a ‘Zen’ saying, so he claims – ‘If you wish to see the truth,...

Wolf Haiku

Jun. 28 | Part 1: As the first ‘Wolf!’ is hardest to cry, with the second and third ever easier, never cry it in the first place. Part 2: As the first ‘Wolf!’ is easiest to believe, with the second and third ever harder, never cry it in...