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Is This Bad Karma Ripening?

May. 18 | Question: In my business, if I find many obstacles, with one after another, is it due to previous karma’s ripening?  Answer: Whenever there is suffering in any matter, it is due to past or present negative karma ripening, as combined with your...

What Is There To Hold On?

May. 11 | To think you can ‘have and hold’ the worldly is to ‘have and hold’ delusion. – Stonepeace | Books Once, when the Layman was on his way to sell his bamboo baskets, he stumbled and fell while crossing over a bridge. When Ling-chao...

Are Realms In Other Faiths Elsewhere?

May. 11 |   Question: Do realms of different faiths exist in different world systems (e.g. galaxies or such)? Or do they exist at similar frequencies (or dimensions)? Answer: In the Buddha’s completely enlightened perspective, some ‘extreme...

Who Should We Learn The Dharma From?

May. 5 | 依本师所说, 依祖师所解, 依佛言祖语, 依法不依人。 Rely on what our fundamental teacher Sakyamuni Buddha taught. Rely on what the [Pure Land] Patriarchs accordingly explained. Rely on the Buddha’s words and the [13] Patriarchs’...

Liar Haiku

Apr. 27 | The worst liars are liars who lie about their lying. Share This:

Purify Yourself Without Projecting Perfection On Others

Apr. 27 | When I am born in a place of impurity It is the weapon of destructive karma turning upon me. For always cultivating impure perceptions. From now on I will cultivate only pure perceptions. – Dharmarakshita (The Wheel Of Sharp Weapons, Verse 14) A place...

Rely Upon Buddha As Best Spiritual Friend

Apr. 19 | To befriend the Buddha is to familiarise with the perfect embodiment and expression of the Dharma. – Stonepeace | Books Once, in the Sakyan country, Venerable Ananda said to the Buddha, ‘Venerable Sir, good friendship is half of the holy life.’...

Reflect To Diffuse Your Anger

Apr. 8 | YOUR hatred cannot be ceased by MORE hatred. YOUR hatred can only be ceased by MORE love. OTHERS’ hatred cannot be ceased by MORE hatred. OTHERS’ hatred can only be ceased by MORE love. – Stonepeace | Books To the angry mind there is never...

How Should Dharma Teachers Protect Dharma Students?

Mar. 28 | Without 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...