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Are You Still ‘Tied’ Down?

Jul. 19 | A flappy tie is one of the most dangerous items of clothing, being susceptible to being caught in all manners of moving objects. - Anonone ‘The tie is a useless rag that constrains your neck… I’m an enemy of consumerism. Because of this...

Do You Have Karmic Affinity With Another?

Jun. 20 | Change your mind to change your actions to change your life. - Stonepeace | Books Karmic affinity is a relational connection through being linked in karma. How do you know if you have karmic affinity with another? In this giant web of interdependence,...

Why Does Buddhahood Require Bodhicitta?

Jun. 20 | If we would like all to help us, we should like to help all too. To be helped by all is surely joyful, but to help all is even more joyful. - Stonepeace | Books Buddhahood, as we know, is the realisation of True Happiness, which is what we all really...

Are You As ‘Poor’ As You Think?

Jun. 6 | It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. - Seneca José Alberto ‘Pepe’ Mujica Cordano is the current president of Uruguay, who is described to be ‘the world’s “poorest” president’,...

Should I Make My Spiritual Vows Silently?

Jun. 5 | All Bodhisattvas openly proclaim their vows as they openly wish to benefit all with them. - Stonepeace | Books Is the making of spiritual vows (making aspirations: 发愿) humbly in silence more powerful than to say them aloud? Before answering this,...

A Water Offering

May. 26 | What you offer the world is what you offer yourself, as you are of this world too. - Stonepeace | Books Making many offerings at our home shrines daily, sometimes we might forget why we do so, and start seeing it as a hassle, thus missing the precious...

Do Good Intentions Excuse Bad Results?

May. 26 | Pure motivations matter most, but consequences matter too, just as getting what you want is as important as wanting it. - Stonepeace | Get Books If a Buddhist lacking in Dharma understanding insists on posting his thoughts online to share, despite...

One Buddhist Does Not All Of Buddhism Make

Apr. 29 | For the Buddhist community to thrive, support good Buddhists by emulating their good efforts, and ‘support’ bad Buddhists by encouraging better efforts. - Stonepeace | Get Books A Buddhist friend asked me for comments on the following remark...

Why The ‘Same’ River Is A ‘Different’ River

Apr. 26 | 过去心不可得,The past mind cannot be attained, 现在心不可得,The present mind cannot be attained, 未来心不可得。The future mind cannot be attained. - 金刚经 Diamond Sutra (The Buddha) ‘No man ever steps in the “same”...

How To Be Good Dharma Students & Teachers

Apr. 16 | 此诸众生,All these sentient beings [will, in the future (now), 去佛渐远。away] from the Buddha, gradually be further apart [from him]. 邪师说法,Evil ‘teachers’ who speak the [corrupted] ‘Dharma’, 如恒河沙。[will...

Can Individuals Create Collective Karma Together?

Apr. 12 | The natural and impartial law of karma does not seek to consciously reward or punish us, while the positive and negative experience of karma can be purposely magnified or mitigated by us. - Stonepeace | Get Books Yes, a group of individuals can create...

How Well Should You Observe The Precepts?

Apr. 5 | To be late without notice for a promised appointment subtly breaks the first precept of abstention from taking life. - Stonepeace | Get Books When it comes to observation of the precepts, there is the occasional question of how well are we supposed...

Are You Reborn Or Reincarnated?

Mar. 26 | You can always change… to be better… and better… till you become the best. - Stonepeace | Get Books At first glance, the words ‘rebirth’ and ‘reincarnation’ do not seem to differ much, if at all. Yet, technically...

How To Transform Lazy Excuses With Diligent Motivations

Mar. 22 | Being spiritually lazy is the easiest way to accumulate regrets. - Stonepeace | Get Books In the Kusita-Arambhavatthu Sutta, the Buddha listed eight possible grounds for [a] laziness, followed by corresponding ones for the [b] arousal of energy. Although...

A Brief Introduction Of Pure Land

Feb. 28 | 诸佛念念念众生, 劝请诸众念念佛。 All Buddhas, who are mindful of all beings from thought to thought, urge and invite all beings to be mindful of Amituofo from thought to thought. - Stonepeace (From the new TDE Press Book: ‘The Faith...