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Does Smoking Break The Fifth Precept?

Aug. 24 | The best way to curb negative habits is to cultivate positive habits. – Stonepeace | Books It is Buddhist general knowledge, that the Fifth Precept for beginner Buddhists is to abstain from consumption of intoxicants. The usual definition of intoxicants...

Why Avoidance Of Alcohol Is So Important

Aug. 18 | The only way to prove you are not addicted, is to kick the habit now. – Stonepeace | Books In the basic Five Precepts, which are moral guidelines for beginner Buddhists, is the Fifth Precept against the drinking of alcoholic beverages. Avoidance...

What Are You Practising Mindfulness For?

Aug. 3 | Mindfulness, I declare… is helpful everywhere. – Sakyamuni Buddha In recent years, cultivation of mindfulness has become all the craze, portrayed as an indispensable life skill. Of course, as the Buddha put it, mindfulness is ever useful,...

Why We Should All Attend Buddhist Classes

Jul. 20 | The only way to know  if you have learned enough is to keep learning, till you know and see all. – Stonepeace | Books It is best to attend proper Dharma classes to learn the Buddha’s teachings ever more systematically and comprehensively, because...

Of Loving-Kindness To Our Tiny Friends

Jun. 29 | (Reflections From A Retreat In The Wild) Insects The Buddha says in the Surangama Sutra (楞严经), ‘Pure Bhikṣus [monastics] and all Bodhisattvas, at divergent roads walking [where there are grass patches], do not tread on living grass, what...

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...