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Are All In ‘Monastic’ Robes Beyond Question?

Jun. 9 | (An Answer With Eight Bodhisattva Precepts) It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain.  Uncertainty has arisen in you about what is doubtful. – Sakyamuni Buddha   (Kalama Sutta) There is a common misperception that no one wearing...

Who Did You Bury In Your Past Lives?

Jun. 2 | The Bodhisattva path seeks to create pure connections between all sentient beings with the pure Triple Gem. – Stonepeace | Books Once upon a time, as two loved each other very much, they soon arranged to be married. However, when the day arrived,...

Be A Perfect Mirror

May. 27 | A good mirror helps us to see things as they are. A poor mirror ‘helps’ us to distort things from what they are. – Stonepeace | Books Enlightened minds work like perfect mirrors. What encountered is simply reflected as they are, without...

When You See Someone Dressed Just Like You

May. 18 | Do you ever notice that when you’re driving… Everyone going slower than you is an idiot… Everyone driving faster than you is a maniac? – Simple Town Comic In ‘Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time)‘, he shared this joke – ‘One...

Why Do Buddhists Say ‘Amituofo’ So Much?

May. 11 | 阿弥陀佛: 无量光佛; 无量寿佛; 无量之佛。 Amita Buddha [Amituofo] is the Buddha Of Immeasurable Light; Buddha Of Immeasurable Life; Buddha of Immeasurability. On many occasions, Chinese Buddhists often say ‘Amituofo’ (阿弥陀佛),...

Do Not Be A Wild Fox Zen ‘Master’!

May. 6 | 学说之误人, 只在最初几希之间。 其后之结果, 则无法可收拾矣。 – 净土宗十三祖印光大师 (复谢慧霖居士书十六) Those saying theoretical teachings that mislead others, only, in the beginning, [do not take]...

Who Should We Learn The Dharma From?

May. 5 | 依本师所说, 依祖师所解, 依佛言祖语, 依法不依人。 Rely on what our fundamental teacher Sakyamuni Buddha taught. Rely on what the [Pure Land] Patriarchs accordingly explained. Rely on the Buddha’s words and the [13] Patriarchs’...

Three Spiritual Diseases, Evils & Mistakes To Avoid

Apr. 27 | Should one find a man who points out faults and who reproves, let him follow such a wise and sagacious person as one would a guide to hidden treasure. It is always better, and never worse, to cultivate such an association. – Sakyamuni Buddha (Dhammapada,...

The Five Contemplations To Remember At Mealtimes

Apr. 19 | Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates (Greek father of medicine) In most Chinese Buddhist temples, monastics take their meals at ‘The Hall Of Five Contemplations’ (五观堂). Usually, in its centre are the...

Does It Always Rain When You’re Without An Umbrella?

Apr. 8 | Superstitions are attached to due to the wrong relating of various causes and conditions with various effects. – Stonepeace | Books Some claim it never rains when they are carrying an umbrella, while it always rains when they are without an umbrella....

Do You Believe In The Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Mar. 22 | No god, no brahma can be called the maker [creator] of this wheel of life [and death]; just empty phenomena roll on [without fixed forms], [inter]dependent on [changing] conditions [are] all. – Visuddhimagga (XIX) The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM)...

Is It Alright For Buddhists To Gamble?

Mar. 15 | What furthers greed, hatred and delusion should not be supported in any way. What furthers generosity, compassion and wisdom should be supported all the way. – Stonepeace | Books Often, Buddhist friends are curious about why the Buddha did not discourage...

Transcending The Limits Of Worldly Philosophies

Mar. 1 | Be not so worldly that transcending the worldly out of wisdom is totally neglected. [to be continued…] – Stonepeace | Books When Confucius’ disciples asked if he thought they will be rewarded after death for their good done for others,...

Should We Simply Act Upon ‘Good’ Intentions?

Feb. 22 | It is will [intention], O monks, that I call karma [created]; having willed [intended], one acts through body, speech, and mind. – The Buddha (Nibbedhika Sutta: A.III.415) It is often taught that good (skilful; wholesome; positive) or bad (unskilful;...

Can A Parent’s Negative Karma Ripen Through A Child?

Feb. 16 | We are all interconnected together, though with various degrees apart, known and seen, or not. ― Stonepeace | Books As one creates positive and negative karma personally, these good and bad karmic seeds thus ripen accordingly, when conditions are...