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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...

Should Buddhists Eat Cows?

Nov. 23 | When compassion is greater than greed, it is easy to abstain from eating animals. – Stonepeace | Books A common question among Chinese Buddhists is whether they are ‘allowed’ to eat cow. Is it a Buddhist practice to abstain from eating...

The Buddha’s Admonition Against Not Severing Lust

Nov. 16 | All not ready for sudden enlightenment should walk the gradual path to it now. – Stonepeace | Books 大佛顶首楞严经: 四种决定清净明诲章: 断淫篇 The Great Buddha’s Crown’s Foremost Śūraṅgama Sūtra: Section On Four Kinds...

Your Suffering Is Always Your Fault!

Nov. 3 | The Three Poisons of greed, hatred and delusion are also the roots of all evil as they cause all suffering. – Stonepeace | Books Before you habitually think again, that the all unpleasant stuff in your life (e.g. inadequate parents, superficial friends,...

You Do It To Yourself

Oct. 28 | Wake up purposeful, to awaken further. Lie down purposeful, to rest to better awaken. – Stonepeace | Books In a classic introspective Radiohead music video (https://youtube.com/watch?v=-_qMagfZtv8) of ‘Just’ (from their 1995 album ‘The...

We Are Still Buddhists, Not Yet Buddhas!

Oct. 24 | Just as it is swiftest to master a worldly skill by enrolling in a good school  to learn from a good teacher, it is swiftest to master the transcendental skills to Buddhahood by entering the most recommended [Sukavati] Pure Land to learn from the best...

Why Slander Of Pure Land Is Especially Grave

Oct. 15 | … 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) …...

How Should All Aspiring For Buddhahood Eat And Drink?

Oct. 9 | (An Introduction To Maha-Veganism 大乘净素) 不听食肉, 应观是食, 如子肉想。 夫食肉者, 断大悲种。 – 释迦牟尼佛《大般涅槃经》 Not heeding eating of meat, one should contemplate this eating, as one’s own...

Where Best To Go When This Life Ends?

Sep. 30 | 具缚凡夫, 有大悲心, 愿生恶世, 救苦众生者, 无有是处。 – 大智度论 (龙树菩萨) For bound ordinary beings, who have the mind of great compassion, and aspire for birth in this evil period, to save suffering sentient...