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Be The Master Of Yourself

Aug. 18 | We choose which version of ourselves to be in each and every moment. – Stonepeace | Books The Zen Master Shiyan seated on a stone in meditation often conversed with himself. ‘Master!’ he called to self. ‘Uh!’ self replied. ...

Be Responsible To Criticize Well

Aug. 9 | The truly kinder and wiser correct the truly deluded, to be truly kinder and wiser. – Stonepeace | Books If one presents the teachings clearly, others benefit. But if someone is supposed to propagate the Dharma and their behavior is harmful, it...

What Do You Allow To Pull Your Strings?

Aug. 2 | Recognising our fetters is the first step towards being as free as we want to be. – Stonepeace | Books Fa Yan, one of the masters of the Lingji sect of the Zen school of the Song dynasty told his pupils a story that went: ‘As a monk, I entered...

Your Money Or Your Self?

Jul. 24 | That which is true can never be lost. That which is lost can never be true. – Stonepeace | Books Once, when Sakyamuni Buddha was meditating in a forest, he heard, from a distance, the laughter of a young woman. A little later, he saw her hurrying...

Where Are The 17 Arhats?

Jul. 13 | Sudden windfalls seldom bring about sudden happiness; bringing sudden unrest instead.  – Stonepeace | Books A peasant dug up a very valuable golden statue of an Arhat from a hill. When his friends learned of the discovery, they rushed to congratulate...

Taste Flavours As They Are

Jul. 5 | If experiences are experienced as they are; not as what we want them to be, they will be very different experiences – of truth itself, in its different manifestations. – Stonepeace | Books The great Chinese monk Master Hong Yi (1879-1942) had a...

How To (Not) See The Attractive?

Jun. 28 | It is not so much of what you see but more of how you see that decides what is seen. – Stonepeace | Books A Zen master asked his disciples: ‘How should you confront feminine [or masculine] attraction?’ The first disciple replied: ‘I...

Oceanography, Meteorology, Astronomy, Swimology

Jun. 13 | Even much accurate theory that is yet to be practised is yet to be practical. – Stonepeace | Books There was a Professor taking a sea voyage in a little boat and one night he goes up to the old sailor and says, “Hey old man, what do you know about...

How Attachment To Fame & Wealth Harms

Jun. 2 | Though you become famous and many bow to you, And you gain riches to equal Vaishravana’s [a wealth deity], See that worldly fortune is without essence, And be unconceited – This is the practice of bodhisattvas. – 37 Practices Of Bodhisattvas:...

Why Confident Patience Is A Strength

May. 27 | Just as anger is a sign of an unstable emotion, calmness is a sign of stable reason. – Stonepeace | Books Many people think that to be patient in bearing loss is a sign of weakness. I think this is a mistake. It is anger that is a sign of weakness,...

Of Sumeru, Moon & Sutras

May. 18 | To the truly foolish, the wise are foolish. To the truly wise, the foolish are foolish. – Stonepeace | Books XI I see a lot of silly folks who claim their own small spine’s Sumeru, the sacred mountain that supports the world.* Piss ants, gnawing...

What Is There To Hold On?

May. 11 | To think you can ‘have and hold’ the worldly is to ‘have and hold’ delusion. – Stonepeace | Books Once, when the Layman was on his way to sell his bamboo baskets, he stumbled and fell while crossing over a bridge. When Ling-chao...

Can We Have Renunciation With Bodhicitta?

May. 6 | Though Renunciation might be without Bodhicitta, Bodhicitta must be with Renunciation. – Stonepeace | Books Question: If we as sentient beings in this Samsara do not renounce, can we achieve Bodhicitta [i.e. aspiration to guide one and all to Buddhahood]? Answer:...

Purify Yourself Without Projecting Perfection On Others

Apr. 27 | When I am born in a place of impurity It is the weapon of destructive karma turning upon me. For always cultivating impure perceptions. From now on I will cultivate only pure perceptions. – Dharmarakshita (The Wheel Of Sharp Weapons, Verse 14) A place...

Rely Upon Buddha As Best Spiritual Friend

Apr. 19 | To befriend the Buddha is to familiarise with the perfect embodiment and expression of the Dharma. – Stonepeace | Books Once, in the Sakyan country, Venerable Ananda said to the Buddha, ‘Venerable Sir, good friendship is half of the holy life.’...