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Can Precepts Really Be Broken Virtually?

Aug. 9 | Question: Does killing someone and stealing something in a computer game create any negative karma? Answer: The answer is not so straightforward. Despite the virtual nature of these deeds, it is to the extent that there is intention to actually kill,...

What Do You Allow To Pull Your Strings?

Aug. 2 | Recognising our fetters is the first step towards being as free as we want to be. – Stonepeace | Books Fa Yan, one of the masters of the Lingji sect of the Zen school of the Song dynasty told his pupils a story that went: ‘As a monk, I entered...

Love Not Terrorism But Hate Not Terrorists

Jul. 24 | ‘He abused me, he struck me,  he overpowered me, he robbed me.’  Those who do not harbour such thoughts  still their hatred. – The Buddha (Dhammapada) Someone quipped this on our post-truth era, ‘We used to laugh at comedians...

Your Money Or Your Self?

Jul. 24 | That which is true can never be lost. That which is lost can never be true. – Stonepeace | Books Once, when Sakyamuni Buddha was meditating in a forest, he heard, from a distance, the laughter of a young woman. A little later, he saw her hurrying...

Where Are The 17 Arhats?

Jul. 13 | Sudden windfalls seldom bring about sudden happiness; bringing sudden unrest instead.  – Stonepeace | Books A peasant dug up a very valuable golden statue of an Arhat from a hill. When his friends learned of the discovery, they rushed to congratulate...

Should Buddhists Fear God?

Jul. 13 | Question: Someone suggested that even Buddhists should fear God. Is this sensible? Answer: How about asking which of the millions of gods worshipped throughout history should be the one feared? And how is one more threatening than the others? It...

Taste Flavours As They Are

Jul. 5 | If experiences are experienced as they are; not as what we want them to be, they will be very different experiences – of truth itself, in its different manifestations. – Stonepeace | Books The great Chinese monk Master Hong Yi (1879-1942) had a...

Where Are ‘Religious’ Killers Reborn?

Jul. 5 | Question: When terrorists claim to kill in the name of a deity believed in, will they go to hell?  Answer: Yes, unfortunately, if there is no sincere repentance in time. This is so as such killing is always with greed (to win favour), hatred (for non-believers)...

Should Buddhism Focus On Humans Only?

Jun. 28 | The good qualities of humanity are the basis for human beings, to evolve as humane qualities for benefiting all sentient beings. – Stonepeace | Books The whole of Buddhism is simply the Buddha’s teachings in all their expressions collectively,...

How To (Not) See The Attractive?

Jun. 28 | It is not so much of what you see but more of how you see that decides what is seen. – Stonepeace | Books A Zen master asked his disciples: ‘How should you confront feminine [or masculine] attraction?’ The first disciple replied: ‘I...

Rebirth Haiku

Jun. 13 | If not returning bettered, and to make things better, why return worse to worsen? * Why not reach Pure Land to better train first? Share This:

Oceanography, Meteorology, Astronomy, Swimology

Jun. 13 | Even much accurate theory that is yet to be practised is yet to be practical. – Stonepeace | Books There was a Professor taking a sea voyage in a little boat and one night he goes up to the old sailor and says, “Hey old man, what do you know about...

Can Females Reordain As Buddhist Nuns?

Jun. 9 | Question: Can females ordain twice as Buddhist nuns? Answer: No, according to the record of this event and rule by the Buddha in the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya’s Section On Miscellaneous Matters’ 30th Scroll《根本说一切有部毘奈耶。杂事》卷三十,...

Who Did You Bury In Your Past Lives?

Jun. 2 | The Bodhisattva path seeks to create pure connections between all sentient beings with the pure Triple Gem. – Stonepeace | Books Once upon a time, as two loved each other very much, they soon arranged to be married. However, when the day arrived,...

How Attachment To Fame & Wealth Harms

Jun. 2 | Though you become famous and many bow to you, And you gain riches to equal Vaishravana’s [a wealth deity], See that worldly fortune is without essence, And be unconceited – This is the practice of bodhisattvas. – 37 Practices Of Bodhisattvas:...