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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: 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 Sanskrit to Chinese in 481...

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...

Let’s Choose Compassion & Wisdom For One & All

Nov. 20 | With the wish to safeguard my training, I need to work hard and safeguard my mind; If I’m unable to safeguard my mind, I’ll also be unable to safeguard my training. - Shantideva (Bodhisattvacharyavatara) From ‘Engaging In Bodhisattva...

Please Pacify And Liberate My Fettered Mind!

Nov. 10 | 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 (释迦牟尼佛) Diamond Sutra (Sakyamuni Buddha) Here are three famous...

Can Buddhists Seek Revenge? (‘Out Of The Furnace’ Of Hate)

Nov. 5 | 孝顺父母, 师僧三宝, 孝顺至道之法, 孝名为戒, 亦名制止。 - 梵网经 (释迦牟尼佛) [With] filial piety [to] fathers, mothers, teachers, monastics [and the] Triple Gem, filial piety [is the] teaching [of the] ultimate path...

Is My Teacher Testing My Patience?

Oct. 29 | Aware of the difference between being firm and angry, one can be firm when necessary, but never ever angry. - Stonepeace | Books A Dharma class participant sent me the following question… ‘A “teacher” I know regularly raises his...

Did Jigong Urge Meat-Eating & Wine-Drinking?

Sep. 26 | 酒肉穿肠过, 佛祖心中留, 世人若学我, 如同进魔道。 - 道济禅师 (济公) Wine and meat through the intestines passes, [while] Lord Buddha within my heart remains, [but] common people, if they imitate me, is similar to entering...