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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...

How Even Stubborn Rocks Agreed With A Master

Sep. 23 | The only beings who ‘cannot’ become Buddhas are those who still refuse to see their Buddha-nature. – Stonepeace | Books One of the foremost disciples of the Venerable Huiyuan [慧远大师: the First Patriarch of the Pure Land tradition],...

Karma Follows Like A Shadow Does

Sep. 12 | We are experiencing rippling effects from the past, even while we create rippling effects for the future. – Stonepeace | Books The king [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, “Is there a spirit [unchanging soul]?” Nagasena replied, “There is no spirit.”...

Great Ease Of Coming & Going

Aug. 24 | If you cannot control your passing, you could not control your coming. if you cannot fully control your death, you cannot fully control your life. – Stonepeace | Books Once the Chinese Emperor Mu Chung of the Tang dynasty, impressed by the level of...

How Shariputra Saw A Man, His Son & Their Dog

Aug. 18 | … Stop harming others, as you would want others to stop harming you… You can benefit others right away by not harming numberless sentient beings, by not eating them… With so many sentient beings, this frees them from being killed…...

Queries On Abstention From Killing (& Meat-Eating)

Aug. 3 | (Upasaka Zhou Anshi was an eminent Qing dynasty Buddhist and author of Anshi Quanshu (安士全書). His masterpiece fully captures the spirit of Chinese Buddhism and the vision of the Buddha and sages.  The 13th Pure Land Patriarch Great Master Yinguang...

How Time Is Relative To Our Experiences

Jul. 20 | An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a minute sitting on a hot stove seems like an hour. – Albert Einstein (paraphrased) A day and a night in the Heaven of the Four Kings is equivalent to fifty years among...