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Where Best To Go When This Life Ends?

Sep. 30 | 具缚凡夫,有大悲心, 愿生恶世,救苦众生者,无有是处。 – 大智度论 (龙树菩萨) For bound ordinary beings, who have the mind of great compassion, and aspire for birth in this evil period, to save suffering sentient beings, this...

Should We Kill Many Others To Protect Ourselves?

Sep. 23 | Thinking, ‘As am I so are others, as are others so am I’, harm none nor have them harmed. – Sakyamuni Buddha (Sutta Nipata 705) For protecting humans upon complaints, does the searching for destroying of animal ‘pests’, such...

My Journey From ‘Hell’ To ‘Heaven’ And Back

Aug. 24 | The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. – John Milton (The below is based on a personal past experience) Admitted to the first hospital due to outbreak of drug allergy. Sluggishly, the cause remained undiscovered, with...

Does Smoking Break The Fifth Precept?

Aug. 24 | The best way to curb negative habits is to cultivate positive habits. – Stonepeace | Books It is Buddhist general knowledge, that the Fifth Precept for beginner Buddhists is to abstain from consumption of intoxicants. The usual definition of intoxicants...

Why Avoidance Of Alcohol Is So Important

Aug. 18 | The only way to prove you are not addicted, is to kick the habit now. – Stonepeace | Books In the basic Five Precepts, which are moral guidelines for beginner Buddhists, is the Fifth Precept against the drinking of alcoholic beverages. Avoidance...

What Are You Practising Mindfulness For?

Aug. 3 | Mindfulness, I declare… is helpful everywhere. – Sakyamuni Buddha In recent years, cultivation of mindfulness has become all the craze, portrayed as an indispensable life skill. Of course, as the Buddha put it, mindfulness is ever useful,...

Why We Should All Attend Buddhist Classes

Jul. 20 | The only way to know  if you have learned enough is to keep learning, till you know and see all. – Stonepeace | Books It is best to attend proper Dharma classes to learn the Buddha’s teachings ever more systematically and comprehensively, because...

Of Loving-Kindness To Our Tiny Friends

Jun. 29 | (Reflections From A Retreat In The Wild) Insects The Buddha says in the Surangama Sutra (楞严经), ‘Pure Bhikṣus [monastics] and all Bodhisattvas, at divergent roads walking [where there are grass patches], do not tread on living grass, what...

How The Buddha Eventually Advocated Veganism

Jun. 15 | (The Buddha’s Admonition Against Killing & Eating Of Sentient Beings) 释迦牟尼佛如何逐渐提倡全素 (佛陀对杀生与食肉的训诫)  The word ‘veganism’ denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude —...

Why Do Buddhists Avoid Meat-Eating & Practise Animal Liberation?

Jun. 1 | (The Bodhisattva Precepts On Going Vegetarian & Releasing Lives) How does one keep wishing all beings to be well and happy while eating many of them? –  Anonone To answer the titled question, let us look at five interconnected Bodhisattva...

Are You Ignorant Of Your Cypher Complex?

May. 25 | (To Enter Or Exit ‘The Matrix’ Of Delusion?) Disciple: Do Pure Lands (净土) exist? Master: Does this defiled land (秽土) exist? Disciple: Of course it does. Master: If so, Pure Lands exist all the more. – Pure Land & Zen Dialogue Screened...

An Imperfect Student Seeks A Perfect Teacher

May. 18 | As it is with perfectionism that we become perfect, why compromise on it? – Stonepeace | Books [1] Stages Of Seeking A Perfect Teacher (i) No Teacher: Before discovery of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings, the student had no true spiritual teacher, as...

Can Buddhist Practice Cause Sickness?

May. 8 | A longer-lasting pain is not as good as a shorter-lasting pain. (长痛不如短痛) – Chinese Saying Why is it that some seem to suddenly become unwell when they embark on the path of Dharma learning and practice, while others do not? Unwellness can...

Is There A God Who Allows Suffering?

Apr. 13 | With more selfless empathy, more will realise that when ‘others’ suffer, all of us as ‘one’ suffer, and all should help all. – Stonepeace | Books According to an article in ‘The Independent’ on the 18 Jan 2015,...

Ode To Guanyin Bodhisattva On The Rocks

Apr. 6 | The best test is that you pass despite the most testing conditions. – Stonepeace | Books Guanyin Bodhisattva sits upon the most craggy rocks on the sea. Yet she is smiling, ever at ease with what seems ‘uncomfortable’. She is totally at...