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Why No One Truly Believes In Predestination

Dec. 13 | If you use the Dharma for escapism, from doing what you should do, ‘the Dharma’ becomes your worldly trap, instead of being your path to spiritual liberation. - Stonepeace | Books Stephen Hawking (ALS Patient) Can one truly resign to so-called...

Why Slander Of Pure Land Is Especially Grave

Dec. 1 | … 东[/南/西/北/下/上]方世界,有… 佛,如是等恒河沙数诸佛… 说诚实言:汝等众生,当信是称赞不可思议功德,一切诸佛所护念经。 - 释迦牟尼佛: 一切诸佛所护念经 (阿弥陀经) …...

Does Hearing Amituofo’s Name Lead To Buddhahood?

Nov. 26 | ‘… If there are those who already aspired [vowed], now aspire [vow], or will aspire [vow] to be born in Amitā[bha] Buddha’s land, all of them will attain [the Stage of] Non-Retrogression for realising Anuttarā Samyak Saṃbodhi...

Let’s Choose Compassion & Wisdom For One & All

Nov. 20 | With the wish to safeguard my training, I need to work hard and safeguard my mind; If I’m unable to safeguard my mind, I’ll also be unable to safeguard my training. - Shantideva (Bodhisattvacharyavatara) From ‘Engaging In Bodhisattva...

Please Pacify And Liberate My Fettered Mind!

Nov. 10 | 过去心不可得,The past mind cannot be attained, 现在心不可得,The present mind cannot be attained, 未来心不可得。The future mind cannot be attained. - 金刚经 (释迦牟尼佛) Diamond Sutra (Sakyamuni Buddha) Here are three famous...

Can Buddhists Seek Revenge? (‘Out Of The Furnace’ Of Hate)

Nov. 5 | 孝顺父母, 师僧三宝, 孝顺至道之法, 孝名为戒, 亦名制止。 - 梵网经 (释迦牟尼佛) [With] filial piety [to] fathers, mothers, teachers, monastics [and the] Triple Gem, filial piety [is the] teaching [of the] ultimate path...

Is My Teacher Testing My Patience?

Oct. 29 | Aware of the difference between being firm and angry, one can be firm when necessary, but never ever angry. - Stonepeace | Books A Dharma class participant sent me the following question… ‘A “teacher” I know regularly raises his...

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...