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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...

Are Manifestations & Mediums Of Bodhisattvas & Buddhas Around?

Feb. 20 | We should respect all beings, even helpful humans, gods and ghosts. However, Buddhists only take refuge in the perfect Buddhas, Dharma and Aryasangha. An interestingly phrased question arose recently – ‘Why do mediums not get any Buddha to...

Can Buddhists Chant In Restrooms & Bedrooms?

Feb. 17 | The true spiritual taboo is to embrace the three poisons, to let them grow unchecked. - Stonepeace | Get Books We often hear some Buddhists gravely discouraging the practice of chanting in toilets (restrooms) and bedrooms, deeming this to be most seriously...

An Often Hungry Arhat Meets A Well Fed Elephant

Feb. 14 | 愿消三障诸烦恼, May all afflictions from the three hindrances* be eradicated. 愿得智慧增福报。 May all attain wisdom and increase in blessed rewards. 普愿罪障悉消除, May hindrances from transgressions be universally eradicated. 世世常行菩萨道。...

Are You Attached To Superstars?

Feb. 6 | If you idealise the illusory, you will beget disappointment, as you gravitate towards truth. - Stonepeace | Get Books A Buddhist teen asked how he can rid his infatuation towards superstars, such as movie stars and singers. Here is my extended reply...

Should We Share Merits With Our ‘Enemies’?

Jan. 20 | Karma is our Mama, for we are born from our karma. - Stonepeace | Get Books Is there a need to share merits, even with those who treat us selfishly, or negatively in some way? Yes, the sharing of merits should always include all sentient beings, including...

Can True Buddhists Ever Be Converted?

Jan. 19 | The Buddha’s refuge in the Dharma even after enlightenment, is itself a Dharma lesson, to always take refuge in the Dharma. - Stonepeace | Get Books A friend shared a phone group message about her long-time Buddhist relative, who recently ‘decided’...

Can The Bereaved Or Menstruating Visit Buddhist Temples?

Jan. 11 | Blind adherence, even to spiritual rituals, furthers spiritual blindness. - Stonepeace | Get Books It is very common for many Chinese to believe that a death in the family means the immediate survivors are rendered ‘unclean’. Not surprisingly,...

Why Is It Better To Give Than To Receive?

Dec. 10 | 不知足者  Those who not know contentment, 虽富而贫  even if rich, they are however poor. 知足之人  Those who know contentment, 虽贫而富  even if poor, they are however rich. - 佛陀  The Buddha (遗教经  Sutra Of Bequeathed Teachings) Two...

The Goat Who Laughed, Wept, Spoke & Died

Dec. 4 | No true good can arise from any true harm. - Stonepeace | Get Books According to the Matakabhatta Jataka, when the Buddha was in Jetavana, some monks asked if there was any benefit in sacrificing animals as offerings for the departed, to which he replied...