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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...

How The Buddha Discriminates No One

Jul. 20 | Perfect compassion is with perfect loving-kindness and perfect equanimity. - Stonepeace | Books In Savatthi of India, there was a scavenger named Sunita. As a road-sweeper he received a very small salary which was not enough for him to buy his daily needs....

On Quenching Thirst & Soothing Itches

Jun. 23 | Desire that is pure arises only for true spiritual progress. Desire that is impure arises only for straying from it. Bliss that is pure arises only from true spiritual practice. Bliss that is impure arises only from craving for it. - Stonepeace | Get...

The Slave Of Passion (Maccha Jataka)

Jun. 23 | We are slaves of our craving, before being enslaved by that craved for. - Stonepeace | Get Books … When a Bhikkhu [monk] admitted that he was being tempted by his former wife and that he was still feeling passion for her, the Buddha said, “Bhikkhu,...

The Moon Shines On Behind The Clouds

Jun. 5 | How can you lose the most fundamental hope, that is your Buddha-nature? - Stonepeace | Get Books Suzuki Roshi had been quite ill. He had been falsely diagnosed with infectious hepatitis and had gone to the hospital for more test. I went to visit him just...

Seeing Falling Snow

Jun. 5 | The enlightened truly see what they see. The unenlightened falsely see what they see. - Stonepeace | Get Books When the Layman [Pang Yun] decided to leave Yueh-shan’s temple, Yueh-shan instructed ten novice monks to escort him to the front gate....

Stand Up For Justice Without Anger

May. 25 | Never mistake the need to be firm as the need to be angry, as it is possible to be firm without being angry. - Stonepeace | Get Books Even the Dalai Lama, whose patience and nonviolent compassion in the face of the invasion of his homeland won him the...

Meat Eating & Violence Towards Humans

May. 25 | 千百年来碗里羹, 怨深似海恨难平, 预知世上刀兵劫, 但听屠门夜半声。 That there is a casual relationship between the cruelty, torture, and death of human beings and the ongoing slaughter of millions of pigs, cows, fowl,...

[8] How Is Pure Land Reached With Ten Thoughts?

May. 8 | 净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014...

[7] Why Not Seek Birth In Tusita Heaven?

Apr. 24 | 净土十疑论 The Treatise On Ten Doubts About Pure Land 隋天台智者大师著 Written by Sui Dynasty’s Tiantai Tradition’s Great Master Zhizhe (538–597 CE) 优婆塞沈时安英译 Translated to English by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an (2014...