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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...

Let’s Extend The Starfish Story!

Feb. 8 | Just as we appreciate every little bit of help, why not offer it to others who will appreciate it too? – Stonepeace | Books In the famous starfish story, a child was seen picking up and hurling beached starfishes back into the sea. An adult asks...

How The Buddha Gradually Urged The Kindest Diet

Feb. 1 | 食肉之人,不应施肉。 何以故? 我见不食肉者有大功德。 – 大般涅槃经 (迦叶菩萨) Those [who] eat meat, should not [be] given meat. Why is [this] so? I see those not eating meat [to] have great meritorious virtues [due...

The ‘It’s Nothing (Yet Something) Personal’ Paradox

Jan. 25 | We either make more friends or enemies of present strangers, while it is hard to make friends and enemies strangers again. – Stonepeace | Books ‘It’s nothing personal’… how a stranger might be rude to you, since s/he does not...

How To Queue Alone To Lead Many

Jan. 18 | Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain I went to wait in a small parking lot for the delivery van. It is the last phase of a ‘pick up your online purchases at a collection point’...

Can You Walk With A Full Bowl On Your Head?

Jan. 13 | 真能念佛, 放下身心世界, 即大布施。 – 净宗九祖蕅益大师 To truly be able to be mindful of Buddha [Amituofo], let go of the body, mind [with stray thoughts] and the world, [the practice of] which is [the perfection of] great...

The Boy Who Eats Too Many Sweets

Jan. 5 | The short-sighted’s fault is not seeing far enough. – Stonepeace | Books Someone asked – ‘If there is a future life, I would most likely have forgotten about this life then? If so, why should I not simply indulge in pleasures all the...

Who Is A True Sangha Member?

Dec. 28 | The not correctable are not commendable.  The incorrect yet correctable are still commendable. – Stonepeace | Books Though not totally right, ‘the Sangha’ is often defined as the fourfold community of Buddhist monks, nuns, laymen and...

Is Our World Becoming A Pure Land Soon?

Dec. 21 | On a sinking ship, a responsible captain would urge all passengers to evacuate, to seek refuge beyond by bailing out safely, before returning equipped to save the rest. In eastern Tibet’s Sertar county in a valley is Larung Gar, which is the world’s...