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Are You An Anger-Feeding Demon (Or Feeding One)?

Feb. 4 | Always do what is right, but never with anger, as anger is never right. – Stonepeace | Books As recounted by Sakyamuni Buddha (in the Samyutta Nikaya), there was once a sickly-looking demon, who sat on the throne of Sakra, the chief of gods in the...

Can You See The ‘Buddha’ In That ‘Cloud’?

Feb. 3 | To see things as they are, we need to see them not in the ways we are. – Stonepeace | Books When we gaze at a bunch of clouds, there is a high chance that we will habitually make out a puff to resemble something familiar. This tendency to seek and...

Should You Be More Keen On Dharma Learning Or Practice?

Jan. 26 | He is not ‘one versed in the Dharma’ just because he talks much. He who hears only a little but comprehends the Dharma, and is not unmindful is, indeed, ‘one versed in the Dharma’. – The Buddha (Dhammapada) As summarised from...

The ‘Go Drink Tea’ Koan (‘吃茶去’的公案)

Jan. 19 | 何为禅? 何非禅? 何须问? 吃茶去! – 《石头安语录》 What is Zen? What is not Zen? Why need ask? Go drink tea! – Record Of Stonepeace Sayings | Books 《赵州禅师语录》: 师问二新到:’上座曾到此间否?’...

Should ‘Buddha Candles’ Be Designed Or Used?

Jan. 11 | 依诸相好,而作佛像, 功德广大,无量无边, 不可称数。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (大乘造像功德经) Relying on all forms excellent, for making Buddha images, the meritorious virtues are broad and great, immeasurable and boundless, and...

A Buddhist Gratitude & Repentance Prayer

Dec. 30 | Your blessings taken for granted might have already begun to disappear from your life, and you would not even know this, since you take them for granted. – Stonepeace | Books For the good people, matters and things in my life, no matter how small...

How To Transcend Your Present Suffering Now

Dec. 23 | 极圆极顿, 难议难思, 唯有大智, 方能谛信 [净土法门]。 – 佛说阿弥陀经要解 (净土宗九祖藕益大师) Ultimately complete [and] ultimately sudden [in realisation], difficult [to] discuss [and] difficult [to] conceive, only...

Introduction To ‘The Pure Land Passport’

Dec. 16 | 轮回路险, 无常迅速。 老实念佛, 莫换题目。 – 净土宗十三祖印光大师 The path of rebirth is dangerous, and impermanence comes swift. Earnestly recite ‘Amituofo’, and do not change the subject. – The Pure Land...

Can Buddhist Monastics Change To Lay Clothes?

Nov. 30 | What we prefer to keep doing without others seeing us do probably should never be done. – Anonone Is it alright for Buddhist monastics, for instance, of the Chinese tradition, to occasionally change from their robes to clothes of laypeople? This is...

How To Protect Mothers With Unborn Babies

Nov. 10 | Yatohaṁ, bhagini, ariyāya jātiyājāto, nābhijānāmi sañcicca pāṇaṁ jīvitā voropetā; tena saccena sotthi te hotu, sotthi gabbhassa. – Aṅgulimāla Paritta (Pāli) According to the Aṅgulimāla Sutta, when Venerable Aṅgulimāla was...

How To Increase & Decrease Gun Violence

Oct. 20 | 若佛子, 不得贩卖 刀仗弓箭… – 梵网经: 第三十二损害众生戒 (释迦牟尼佛) If [as] Buddhas’ [Bodhisattva] disciples, [they] must not sell knives and staves, bows and arrows [i.e. all weapons]… – Brahmā...

Should We Follow Only One Teacher’s Teachings?

Oct. 16 | One who positions oneself to always be unquestionable will always be questionable. – Stonepeace | Books As rephrased, a Dharma class participant asked the following – ‘A so-called “Buddhist teacher” claims that we should only follow...

Are Your Blessings Going Up In Smoke?

Sep. 30 | The lay Buddhist precepts are encouraged for all to uphold always, especially in times being tempted, by greed, hatred and delusion. – Stonepeace | Books According to the Brahmā Net Sūtra’s (梵网经) ‘Fourteenth [Secondary Bodhisattva] Precept...

Can You Say Your True Name?

Sep. 25 | The past mind cannot be attained, The present mind cannot be attained, The future mind cannot be attained. – Diamond Sūtra (Śākyamuni Buddha) 过去心不可得, 现在心不可得, 未来心不可得。 – 金刚经 (释迦牟尼佛) In the...

How A Monk Became A Bug

Sep. 2 | Just as rust is formed from iron, and corrodes the iron from which it is formed, so also, his own deeds lead the transgressor to a lower plane of existence. – Dhammapada Verse 240 (The Buddha) Born in a respectable family, Venerable Tissa once...