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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.’...

Reflect To Diffuse Your Anger

Apr. 8 | YOUR hatred cannot be ceased by MORE hatred. YOUR hatred can only be ceased by MORE love. OTHERS’ hatred cannot be ceased by MORE hatred. OTHERS’ hatred can only be ceased by MORE love. – Stonepeace | Books To the angry mind there is never...

From Ordinary To Enlightened Love

Mar. 22 | The path to full enlightenment is to learn how to love all beings fully, with full compassion and wisdom. – Stonepeace | Books Ordinary love is based and mixed with attachment. Like other afflicted emotions, attachment is based not on reality but...

Beware Of Westernised Self-Centric ‘Mindfulness’

Mar. 15 | Realise there is no self within the five aggregates to realise the true self beyond. – Stonepeace | Books But there are significant problems with how Buddhism has been appropriated to fit directly into a Western mind-set and model. Buddhism appealed...

Do You Have The Twin Guardians?

Mar. 1 | Those with neither conscience nor shame can guard neither themselves nor others, and are bound for eventual suffering. – Stonepeace | Books According to the Buddha, the human world is protected by ‘twin guardians’, two forces in the mind...

How Regret Can Be Good (Or Bad)

Feb. 22 | Always regret evil done and good not done. Never regret good done and evil not done. – Stonepeace | Books In Buddhism, regret is not guilt. Guilt is an ego-driven emotion and as such is always non-virtuous, but regret can be either virtuous or non-virtuous....

See Yourself As Lowest Of The Low

Feb. 16 | Once proud of your practice, you have nothing to be proud of; only your egotism to be ashamed of. – Stonepeace | Books Do not turn gods into demons. When displeased, the worldly gods cause harm. The gods are supposed to beneficial in general; so if...

How A Grudging Man Sought Deadly Revenge

Feb. 8 | Be quicker in mindfulness of your temper than the rise of your temper to dissolve it in time. – Stonepeace | Books Once a man was consumed with anger at another man. Day and night, he was agitated by his anger, which left him constantly unhappy. One...

Doing Evil Knowingly Vs Unknowingly

Feb. 1 | The very ignorant continue to ignore their ignorance, which harms them continually.  – Stonepeace | Books The king asked Nagasena again, “Who gets greater demerit, a wise person who does evil, or an ignorant person who does evil?” Nagasena said,...

The Benefits of Previous Endeavour

Jan. 25 | Everything we do and even not do now bears consequences for better or worse later. – Stonepeace | Books The king [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, “Suppose a man were to do good deeds, should he have done it previously, or should he do it after now?”...

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...