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Why Do Good Now Instead Of Later?

Jan. 18 | If it is surely good to do good, it is surely better to do better now than later, which might be too late. – Stonepeace | Books The king [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, “Suppose a man were to do good deeds, should he have done it previously, or should...

We Reap Fruits From Seeds We Sow

Jan. 13 | While the one doing wrong creates negative karma in the present, the one who is wronged created negative karma in the past. – Stonepeace | Books Nagasena gave another simile, “Suppose a man were to steal another man’s crop of ripened grains and...

What Is Meant By Time?

Jan. 5 | We are running in time yet running out of time. – Stonepeace | Books The king [Milinda] asked, ‘Venerable Nagasena, what is meant by ‘time’?’ Nagasena replied, ‘Concerning the past things we speak in reference to time, concerning...

Is The Reborn Person Same Or Different?

Dec. 28 | The reborn is not totally same as the deceased or the body and mind will be totally same. There are instead some differences due to a continuum of conditioned changes. The reborn is not totally different from the deceased or the body and mind will be...

The Buddha Is All-Knowing

Dec. 21 | The severely deluded mistaken their knowing of a few things as being fully enlightened, to be knowing of everything. – Stonepeace | Books The King [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, ‘Does the Buddha know the things in the past, present and future?‘...

Where Did This Anger Come From?

Dec. 13 | Beyond appreciating truth by reading texts, realise truth by facing reality too. – Stonepeace | Books Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku. Desiring to show his attainment,...

Parable Of The Greedy Child

Nov. 30 | Precepts are let go of when the poisons of greed, hatred and delusion are instead taken up. – Stonepeace | Books One day, a nursemaid who was carrying a child a long distance grew very tired and decided to lie down by the side of the road to take a...

Question Of Maitreya On Eight Qualities

Nov. 23 | Before attaining Buddhahood, the swiftest way to attain swiftest progress to Buddhahood without retrogression is via swift rebirth in a Pure Land. – Stonepeace | Books The Blessed One [Sakyamuni Buddha], in turn, continued, “Maitreya, if a bodhisattva...

Guidance To A Possibly Dying Man

Nov. 16 | 若生西方, 庶可与佛光寿同一, 无量无边矣。 – 净土宗十三祖印光大师 Be born in the Western Pure Land, so that you can attain the same light and life of Āmítuófó, that is immeasurable and boundless. – The Pure Land...

First Class Devils For Sale

Nov. 3 | Even the shortest path requires some diligence to complete walking it. – Stonepeace | Books One day a fellow was strolling through the marketplace when he came to a stall that said, “For Sale: First Class Devils.” Of course, the man was...

Where Are You Going? 

Oct. 28 | Do you know who you are, why you are going where, what you are going there for,  how you will get there, and when? – Stonepeace | Books Zen teachers train their young pupils to express themselves. Two Zen temples each had a child protégé. One child,...

The Snow Does Not Fall Elsewhere

Oct. 24 | There is no fairness; there is only karma. There is no unfairness; there is only karma. – Stonepeace | Books One winter day, while Pang was leaving the monastery of Master Yao Shan, some young monks, who were disdainful of his status as a mere layman,...

How To Most Swiftly Attain Buddhahood

Oct. 15 | As long as there is attachment to ego, there are demons. When there is no more attachment to ego, there are no more demons either! – Machig Labdron For those who wish to become Buddhas swiftly, it is necessary to pray for rebirth in a pure buddha-field...

A Very Brief Glimpse Of The Amitābha Sūtra

Oct. 7 | 诸佛念念念众生, 劝请诸众念念佛。 All Buddhas, who are mindful of all beings from thought to thought, urge and invite all beings to be mindful of Amituofo from thought to thought. – Stonepeace | Books … [T]o the West of our world…...

How The Buddha Taught Completely & Perfectly

Sep. 30 | If the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are all already doing their best to skilfully guide us to Buddhahood, all that remains is for us to do our best in heeding their teachings as advised. – Stonepeace | Books On one occasion Ananda, I was resting under the...