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The ‘Curse’ Of Intoxication

Mar. 17 | Those who wish to be fully awakened do not bear to spend even a moment intoxicated or confused; they only wish to further awaken. - Stonepeace | Books If drinking like this profited us in this world or the next, what could one say? But in this world it...

Do It Till You Make It

Mar. 5 | To change your life, change your mind, which changes your speech and actions, which changes others’ experiences of you, which changes their responses to you, which changes your experiences of them. - Stonepeace | Books A passing glance at a phrase...

On Gassho, Dojo & Ailments

Feb. 23 | Modesty is the foundation of all the virtues. Let your neighbours find you before you make yourself known to them. - Chanyue Guanxiu (Suggestions for Disciples) Gassho Gassho is the Japanese equivalent of the Sanskrit ‘anjali’. It is the greeting,...

The Chinaberry Fools

Feb. 10 | Some fools see no one’s faults. Some fools see others’ faults. Some fools see their faults. The wise see everyone’s faults. - Stonepeace | Books We then noticed a priest who had climbed a chinaberry tree across the way to sit in its...

An Open Letter To Buddhist Practitioners

Feb. 4 | Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. - Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Buddha Recitation practitioners [of mindfulness of the name of Amitabha Buddha - Amituofo] should dedicate...

We Know Not What We Know Not

Jan. 28 | The very foolish cling to delusions. The more foolish fight for them. The most foolish die with them. - Stonepeace | Books An ignorant person will always be wrong when he sizes up another and believes he can judge the other’s intelligence. It...

This Transient World Offers No True Refuge

Jan. 13 | The foam that floats on stagnant pools, now vanishing, now forming, never stays the same for long. So, too, it is with the people and dwellings of the world. - Chomei Yes, take it for all in all, this world is a hard place to live, and both we and our...

One Shot For One Hit – Now!

Jan. 13 | Procrastination only leads to more procrastination, and eventual regret. - Stonepeace | Books A man who was studying archery took two arrows in his hand and stood before the target. ‘A beginner should not hold two arrows.’ his teacher told...

The Buddha’s Admonition Against Making False Spiritual Claims

Jan. 5 | Liars are not true even to themselves, much less to others and to Truth itself. - Stonepeace | Books 大佛顶首楞严经: 清净明诲章: 妄语篇 The Great Buddha’s Crown’s Foremost Surangama Sutra: Section On Clear Instructions For Purity: ...

How Attachment To Freedom Prevents Freedom

Dec. 22 | Total freedom is to be totally free from the sense of anyone being free from anything. - Stonepeace | Books Once a student who was upset told me that he wanted to leave his family. I asked him where he would live. He said he wanted to leave his body too....

Before It’s Too Late

Dec. 13 | It is not too late now, if you have time to wonder if it is too late now. - 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 they...

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...