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How The Buddha Eventually Advocated Veganism

Jun. 15 | (The Buddha’s Admonition Against Killing & Eating Of Sentient Beings) 释迦牟尼佛如何逐渐提倡全素 (佛陀对杀生与食肉的训诫)  The word ‘veganism’ denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude —...

Why Do Buddhists Avoid Meat-Eating & Practise Animal Liberation?

Jun. 1 | (The Bodhisattva Precepts On Going Vegetarian & Releasing Lives) How does one keep wishing all beings to be well and happy while eating many of them? –  Anonone To answer the titled question, let us look at five interconnected Bodhisattva...

Are You Ignorant Of Your Cypher Complex?

May. 25 | (To Enter Or Exit ‘The Matrix’ Of Delusion?) Disciple: Do Pure Lands (净土) exist? Master: Does this defiled land (秽土) exist? Disciple: Of course it does. Master: If so, Pure Lands exist all the more. – Pure Land & Zen Dialogue Screened...

An Imperfect Student Seeks A Perfect Teacher

May. 18 | As it is with perfectionism that we become perfect, why compromise on it? – Stonepeace | Books [1] Stages Of Seeking A Perfect Teacher (i) No Teacher: Before discovery of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings, the student had no true spiritual teacher, as...

Can Buddhist Practice Cause Sickness?

May. 8 | A longer-lasting pain is not as good as a shorter-lasting pain. (长痛不如短痛) – Chinese Saying Why is it that some seem to suddenly become unwell when they embark on the path of Dharma learning and practice, while others do not? Unwellness can...

Is There A God Who Allows Suffering?

Apr. 13 | With more selfless empathy, more will realise that when ‘others’ suffer, all of us as ‘one’ suffer, and all should help all. – Stonepeace | Books According to an article in ‘The Independent’ on the 18 Jan 2015,...

Ode To Guanyin Bodhisattva On The Rocks

Apr. 6 | The best test is that you pass despite the most testing conditions. – Stonepeace | Books Guanyin Bodhisattva sits upon the most craggy rocks on the sea. Yet she is smiling, ever at ease with what seems ‘uncomfortable’. She is totally at...

How Bridesmaids Meet Revata’s Ghosts And Theseus’ Ship

Mar. 30 | As change is inevitable, the inevitable question is how you wish to change you. – Stonepeace | Books In the comedy ‘Bridesmaids’ is this argument – H(elen): It’s too bad Lilian couldn’t play with us today… A(nnie):...

How Can Niànfó Prevent The Worst Rebirth To Attain The Best?

Mar. 18 | The most intense negative karma of the most evil in the universe is incomparable in magnitude and quantity to the boundless meritorious virtues of the most enlightened in the universe. [To be continued…] – Stonepeace | Books Introduction: In...

Is Collection Of ‘Blessed’ Amulets Buddhist Practice?

Mar. 9 | If you take refuge only in ‘blessed’ items, you have yet to take refuge in the truly blessed Triple Gem. – Stonepeace | Books Some believe that making money offerings to ‘masters’ who offer blessed amulets is true Buddhist practice...

Why Veganism Is The ‘Beginning’ & ‘End’ Of Vegetarianism

Mar. 2 | (The Differences & Similarities Between Veg*ns) As compassion ought to be universal, compassion is ultimately non-religious, and the ultimate spiritual virtue for all. – Stonepeace | Books ‘VEGANISM’ is NOT an abbreviation of ‘vegETARIanism’,...

Why A Monk Shattered His One Precious Bowl

Feb. 24 | 若人欲拿金碧峰, 除非铁鍊锁虛空, 虛空若能锁得住, 再來拿我金碧峰。 – 金碧峰禅师 If one desires to seize Jin Bifeng, unless able to use metal chains to lock empty space, [and] if empty space is able to be locked...

How Do I Handle An Abusive Spouse?

Feb. 14 | Will your karma change when you walk away? You will only know if you try. [To be continued below…] – Stonepeace | Books ‘If I am a mother with an abusive spouse, how can I resolve or eradicate the negative karmic affinity?’ (The following...

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...