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Did Jigong Urge Meat-Eating & Wine-Drinking?

Sep. 26 | 酒肉穿肠过, 佛祖心中留, 世人若学我, 如同进魔道。 - 道济禅师 (济公) Wine and meat through the intestines passes, [while] Lord Buddha within my heart remains, [but] common people, if they imitate me, is similar to entering...

Should You Avoid Intoxicants Or Intoxication?

Sep. 25 | Seeing ‘moderate drinking’ as extreme, thus never drinking even ‘moderately’, you will never be drinking extremely. - Stonepeace | Books Bearing in mind that intoxicants include alcoholic beverages, and all other substances that...

Does ‘Acting’ Bad Create Bad Karma?

Sep. 19 | We are all ‘actors’ the moment we pretend to be who we are not, or to not be who we are. - Stonepeace | Books) In the Talaputa Sutta, Talaputa, who heads an acting troupe, asks the Buddha on what he has to say of the ancient belief handed...

How Everyone Is Every Buddha’s ‘Only Child’

Sep. 3 | A being who has not been your mother [father, brother, sister, son, daughter] at one time in the past [due to many rebirths] is not easy to find. - The Buddha (Mata Sutta) Loving-kindness, as the first of the Four Immeasurable States Of Mind, is the wish...

Who Am ‘I’ Really?

Aug. 29 | Who am ‘I’? Is it this form, feeling, perception, intention, consciousness, something or someone else? ‘I’ cannot be this form for sure, for just as ‘I’ had another form younger, and will have another form older, this...

Are Your Eyes Windows To Your ‘Soul’?

Aug. 20 | How we see others usually reflects ourselves to some extent, even if we do not see this to any extent. - Stonepeace | Books Are eyes the windows to the ‘soul’? Perhaps, but only to some extent. You see (pun intended)… even if someone...

The Lady Who Did (Not) Lose Her Beloved

Aug. 7 | While we cannot truly lose what we cannot truly have and hold, we can truly suffer, over what we imagine we had and held. - Stonepeace | Books Once upon a time, Zen Master Foyin encountered a lady, who was about to drown herself in a river out of despair....

The Nightmare That Woke Me Up

Aug. 5 | As all need true compassion, have true compassion for all. - Stonepeace | Books I dreamt that we were at the void deck of an empty block of flats. There was a ceremony going on but I wasn’t sure what it was. A group of us were spectators, another...

Are You Still ‘Tied’ Down?

Jul. 19 | A flappy tie is one of the most dangerous items of clothing, being susceptible to being caught in all manners of moving objects. - Anonone ‘The tie is a useless rag that constrains your neck… I’m an enemy of consumerism. Because of this...

Do You Have Karmic Affinity With Another?

Jun. 20 | Change your mind to change your actions to change your life. - Stonepeace | Books Karmic affinity is a relational connection through being linked in karma. How do you know if you have karmic affinity with another? In this giant web of interdependence,...

Why Does Buddhahood Require Bodhicitta?

Jun. 20 | If we would like all to help us, we should like to help all too. To be helped by all is surely joyful, but to help all is even more joyful. - Stonepeace | Books Buddhahood, as we know, is the realisation of True Happiness, which is what we all really...

Are You As ‘Poor’ As You Think?

Jun. 6 | It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. - Seneca José Alberto ‘Pepe’ Mujica Cordano is the current president of Uruguay, who is described to be ‘the world’s “poorest” president’,...

Should I Make My Spiritual Vows Silently?

Jun. 5 | All Bodhisattvas openly proclaim their vows as they openly wish to benefit all with them. - Stonepeace | Books Is the making of spiritual vows (making aspirations: 发愿) humbly in silence more powerful than to say them aloud? Before answering this,...

A Water Offering

May. 26 | What you offer the world is what you offer yourself, as you are of this world too. - Stonepeace | Books Making many offerings at our home shrines daily, sometimes we might forget why we do so, and start seeing it as a hassle, thus missing the precious...

Do Good Intentions Excuse Bad Results?

May. 26 | Pure motivations matter most, but consequences matter too, just as getting what you want is as important as wanting it. - Stonepeace | Get Books If a Buddhist lacking in Dharma understanding insists on posting his thoughts online to share, despite...