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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...

One Buddhist Does Not All Of Buddhism Make

Apr. 29 | For the Buddhist community to thrive, support good Buddhists by emulating their good efforts, and ‘support’ bad Buddhists by encouraging better efforts. - Stonepeace | Get Books A Buddhist friend asked me for comments on the following remark...

Why The ‘Same’ River Is A ‘Different’ River

Apr. 26 | 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 Diamond Sutra (The Buddha) ‘No man ever steps in the “same”...

How To Be Good Dharma Students & Teachers

Apr. 16 | 此诸众生,All these sentient beings [will, in the future (now), 去佛渐远。away] from the Buddha, gradually be further apart [from him]. 邪师说法,Evil ‘teachers’ who speak the [corrupted] ‘Dharma’, 如恒河沙。[will...

Can Individuals Create Collective Karma Together?

Apr. 12 | The natural and impartial law of karma does not seek to consciously reward or punish us, while the positive and negative experience of karma can be purposely magnified or mitigated by us. - Stonepeace | Get Books Yes, a group of individuals can create...

How Well Should You Observe The Precepts?

Apr. 5 | To be late without notice for a promised appointment subtly breaks the first precept of abstention from taking life. - Stonepeace | Get Books When it comes to observation of the precepts, there is the occasional question of how well are we supposed...