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Does Being Angry Break Any Buddhist Precept?

Feb. 24 | Anger at another’s true mistake which already harms you creates another true mistake, which further harms you. - Stonepeace | Books Does having anger break any of the precepts? It does not, technically, when referring to the Buddhist Five Precepts...

What Makes Life Truly Moving & Wonderful?

Feb. 23 | The path to self-liberation aspires to transcend all of Samsara. The path to total liberation aspires to engage all in Samsara too. The ultimate Middle Path is to be transcendental yet engaged. - Stonepeace | Books The book blurb of ‘Essays in Idleness...

How To Awaken Those Tricked By ‘Buddhist’ Cults

Feb. 11 | 此诸众生, All these sentient beings [in the Dharma Ending Age (now) will], 去佛渐远。 away from the Buddha, be progressively distant. 邪师说法, Evil teachers who speak the [false] ‘Dharma’ 如恒河沙。 [will be as numerous]...

Are You The Hackberry Priest?

Feb. 11 | We are always our worst enemies, by giving in to our inner enmity, while our outer ‘enemies’ only ‘help’ to remind us of this. - Stonepeace | Books There was a priest with a very hot temper. As a hackberry tree grew beside his...

Are You Stealing Something Without Knowing?

Feb. 4 | Beyond just not taking what is not given, giving what is not asked for, this is generosity. - Stonepeace | Books There is a course I’m currently teaching on Buddhist perspectives of moral conduct called ‘Project Precepts’, where we...

The First Step To Improve & Perfect Your Life

Jan. 27 | Life that seems good even when you are bad is just the exhaustion of your past good karma, before your bad karma ripens. - Stonepeace | Books To improve your life, improve yourself by improving your moral conduct, by improving observation of the precepts, before...

Are The Great Bodhisattvas Real Or Not?

Jan. 21 | As all immeasurable beings have Buddha-nature, the universe is naturally filled with immeasurable realised Buddhas, pervading space and time. - Stonepeace | Books There is a false dichotomy in Buddhism that we might fall for, when it comes to wondering...

Can Buddhists Seek Fengshui Advice?

Jan. 13 | Even when not mindful of how mind is the forerunner, the potential power of the mind still rules over matter. - Stonepeace | Books As Buddhists, is it considered superstitious to seek fengshui (geomancy) advice for, say, family harmony? Geomancy is...

Why The Inconceivable Is Not The Impossible

Jan. 13 | The unbelievable is not always the improbable. The inconceivable is not always the impossible. (不可思议者不一定不可能。) - Stonepeace | Books Some Mahayana sutras might seem full of amazing imagery beyond ordinary perception, and even...

Essence Of The ‘Sūtra Of Immeasurable Meanings’

Jan. 9 | 摘抄: 无量义经: 说法品第二 Excerpt: Sūtra Of Immeasurable Meanings [Prologue Of Lotus Sutra]: Chapter 2: Preaching The Dharma 天竺三藏昙摩伽陀耶舍译 Translated by ancient India’s Tripiṭaka Master Dharmagatayaśas [from...

If You Think YOLO, You Should Know YOLNO!

Jan. 6 | While we speak, envious time will have [already] fled: seize the day (carpe diem), trusting as little as possible in the next day. - Horace YOLO, many say these days - ‘You Only Live Once’. This belief seems to be new-age but it is really...

The Dharma In A Bowl Of Curry Rice

Dec. 22 | This experiencer is changing. This experiencing is changing. This experienced is changing. - Stonepeace | Books One day, answering the call of a food craving, I decided to drive to a vegetarian stall to have white rice flavoured with curry for lunch....

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Why No One Truly Believes In Predestination

Dec. 13 | If you use the Dharma for escapism, from doing what you should do, ‘the Dharma’ becomes your worldly trap, instead of being your path to spiritual liberation. - Stonepeace | Books Stephen Hawking (ALS Patient) Can one truly resign to so-called...

Why Slander Of Pure Land Is Especially Grave

Dec. 1 | … 东[/南/西/北/下/上]方世界,有… 佛,如是等恒河沙数诸佛… 说诚实言:汝等众生,当信是称赞不可思议功德,一切诸佛所护念经。 - 释迦牟尼佛: 一切诸佛所护念经 (阿弥陀经) …...

Does Hearing Amituofo’s Name Lead To Buddhahood?

Nov. 26 | ‘… If there are those who already aspired [vowed], now aspire [vow], or will aspire [vow] to be born in Amitā[bha] Buddha’s land, all of them will attain [the Stage of] Non-Retrogression for realising Anuttarā Samyak Saṃbodhi...