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Before It’s Too Late

Dec. 13 | Even when you lament that it is too late later, it is too late to lament then. - Stonepeace | Books However industrious you may be, there is no end to worldly activities; but if you practice the Dharma you will swiftly conclude everything. However nice...

Three Poems Of Master Shih Te

Dec. 1 | If you lose yourself in the wild, without any egoistic bearings, you might just find yourself, your true nature. - Stonepeace | Books XII See the moon’s bright blaze of light, a guiding lamp, above the world! Glittering, it hangs against the void, a...

Don’t Spoil Your Teachers

Nov. 21 | Too much deference actually spoils the guru. - H.H The 14th Dalai Lama The problem with the [Vajrayana] practice of seeing everything the guru does as perfect is that it very easily turns to poison for both the guru and the disciple. Therefore, whenever...

Right ‘Craziness’ As Spiritual Sanity

Nov. 18 | Wisdom shared appropriately, even if ‘crazily’, is skilful. Wisdom shared inappropriately, even if ‘sanely’, is unskilful. - Stonepeace | Books We should really have this aspiration. We should pray that one day we reach a stage...

Why We Should Vow To Reach Pure Land

Nov. 13 | 若有众生,If there are beings 闻是说者,who hear this [teaching], 应当发愿,they should vow [aspire] 生彼国土。to be born in that land. - 阿弥陀经 (释迦牟尼佛) Amitā[bha] Sūtra (Śākyamuni Buddha) Amitā[bha] Sūtra (Śākyamuni...

The Dharma Nurtures Like Rain & Shine

Nov. 2 | To skilfully share the Dharma just as the Buddhas do is part of the path to Buddhahood. - Stonepeace | Books According to the Lotus Sutra, then, Buddhas possess a supramundane and transcendental, indefinite nature; they also respond and cater to the needs...

The Eight Things To Remember

Oct. 29 | Never mistaken getting the fleeting as the true goal. Always recognise attaining the enduring as the true goal. - Stonepeace | Books At the moment you are fond of large estate sites, You surround yourself with a manor and its grounds, But when your time...

Compassion Demon

Oct. 7 | When you over-idealise yourself now when you are far from being ideal is when you demonise yourself instead. - Stonepeace | Books I asked a monk the question, ‘How do I generate boundless compassion for all beings?’ His answer was to ‘Cultivate...

It Is Love

Sep. 24 | The path to Buddhahood for all begins with compassion for all, is walked with compassion for all, and completed with compassion for all. - Stonepeace | Books A brief verse that has always been recited at the Zen Center goes like this: Great robe of liberation ...

The Silently Teaching Tears Of Compassion

Sep. 20 | Saying so much more than speaking many words is one timely act of kindness. - Stonepeace | Books … Ryokan’s sparse use or absence of words came from his lifelong practice of contemplation. An episode… beautifully illustrates Ryokan’s...

Of Transcendental, Celestial & Terrestrial Buddhas

Sep. 3 | Immeasurable compassion guided by immeasurable wisdom to manifest immeasurable skilful means is need to guide immeasurable beings to Buddhahood. - Stonepeace | Books The Lankavatara Sutra suggests another important Mahayana doctrine in germinal form:...

Why The Mahayana Teachings Are Authentic

Aug. 29 | As the Buddhas have pure Bodhicitta to fully benefit all beings, all Buddhas will teach Bodhicitta to fully benefit all beings. - Stonepeace | Books If the path taught in the first turning of the wheel [of Dharma] – the thirty-seven aspects of the...

What Kind Of Pot Are You?

Aug. 20 | May we receive the good and pure. May we not reject the good and pure. May we not defile the good and pure. May we become the good and pure. - Stonepeace | Books When we listen to the sublime teachings of the Buddha, the Lamrim Chenmo said that we could...

How To Verify Truthfulness Of The Buddha’s Teachings

Aug. 14 | Any so-called ‘truth’ that cannot be practically experienced is practically useless. – Stonepeace | Books There is a process of reflection… that is helpful in determining the validity of teachings. This tradition speaks of four valid...

Tibet’s Best Shrine Offering

Aug. 6 | When we give anything or make any offering, may we give with genuine generosity, while we give up greed for returns. - Stonepeace | Books Geshe Ben once lived in retreat in a mountain cave. Generations of hermit yogis had furnished it with a crude wooden...