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How Should Dharma Teachers Protect Dharma Students?

Mar. 28 | With no need for names, so that timeless lessons can be universally learnt, the below is based on an actual incident. Case There was a public Dharma talk with many misconceptions shared. A teacher, having taken the reasonably calculated risk of recommending...

Should Buddhists Be Bothered By Numbers?

Mar. 22 | Question: As a Buddhist, should I be bothered by my house number? Is it right to believe in numerology? I have read a lot about it and it is affecting my thinking. Answer: The Buddha banned monastics and even lay training Bodhisattvas from fortune-telling...

Verse On Road

Mar. 22 | 涉路而去, 当愿众生, 履净法界, 心无障碍。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第51偈) [When] walking on a road to go off, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, tread [into the] pure Dharma realm,* [with] minds without...

Do You Believe In The Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Mar. 22 | No god, no brahma can be called the maker [creator] of this wheel of life [and death]; just empty phenomena roll on [without fixed forms], [inter]dependent on [changing] conditions [are] all. – Visuddhimagga (XIX) The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM)...

Focus Haiku

Mar. 22 | Nianfo is focus on one skill for mastering focus on all other skills [upon reaching Pure Land]. Share This:

Is He A True Buddhist ‘Teacher’?

Mar. 15 | Question: A friend asked a layperson to help ‘clear’ her workplace of suspected spirits by chanting, and it seemed to have effect as there were less accidents and quarrels after. She also brought her kids to him for blessing. He said one...

Beware Of Westernised Self-Centric ‘Mindfulness’

Mar. 15 | Realise there is no self within the five aggregates to realise the true self beyond. – Stonepeace | Books But there are significant problems with how Buddhism has been appropriated to fit directly into a Western mind-set and model. Buddhism appealed...

Do You Have The Twin Guardians?

Mar. 1 | Those with neither conscience nor shame can guard neither themselves nor others, and are bound for eventual suffering. – Stonepeace | Books According to the Buddha, the human world is protected by ‘twin guardians’, two forces in the mind...

Precepts Haiku

Feb. 16 | Teachers lax with the precepts cannot be accurate or effective in teaching morality and karma. Share This:

See Yourself As Lowest Of The Low

Feb. 16 | Once proud of your practice, you have nothing to be proud of; only your egotism to be ashamed of. – Stonepeace | Books Do not turn gods into demons. When displeased, the worldly gods cause harm. The gods are supposed to beneficial in general; so if...

Where Did God Come From?

Feb. 16 | Question: I was chatting with a friend when she asked, ‘If there is no God, where do we come from?’ How should I answer? Answer: For the Buddhist perspective, you can answer in this way – ‘If we came from a God, where did that God...

All Too Human, The ‘League Of Gods’

Feb. 8 | ‘League Of Gods (封神传奇)’ is a way too creative retelling of the fictional 16th century Chinese classical novel (封神榜), sometimes translated as ‘Canonisation Of The Deities’ or ‘Investiture Of The Gods’....

How A Grudging Man Sought Deadly Revenge

Feb. 8 | Be quicker in mindfulness of your temper than the rise of your temper to dissolve it in time. – Stonepeace | Books Once a man was consumed with anger at another man. Day and night, he was agitated by his anger, which left him constantly unhappy. One...

Doing Evil Knowingly Vs Unknowingly

Feb. 1 | The very ignorant continue to ignore their ignorance, which harms them continually.  – Stonepeace | Books The king asked Nagasena again, “Who gets greater demerit, a wise person who does evil, or an ignorant person who does evil?” Nagasena said,...

The Benefits of Previous Endeavour

Jan. 25 | Everything we do and even not do now bears consequences for better or worse later. – Stonepeace | Books The king [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, “Suppose a man were to do good deeds, should he have done it previously, or should he do it after now?”...