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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...

Should Refuge And The Five Precepts Go Together?

Dec. 13 | 皈依佛竟,宁舍身命,终不皈依天魔外道。 皈依法竟,宁舍身命,终不皈依外道邪说。 皈依僧竟,宁舍身命,终不皈依外道徒众。 – 皈依文 Taking refuge in the Buddhas completely, rather to give up life,...

How To Explain, End And Prevent Mass Hysteria?

Nov. 30 | Individuals’ delusions can lead to collective confusion. Individuals’ clarifications can lead to collective illuminations. – Stonepeace | Books Mass hysteria is sometimes the expression of collective obsessive behavior – due to group...