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Why Is Receiving Criticism Wonderful?

Sep. 1 | It is normal for the unenlightened to be criticised by the more enlightened. It is abnormal for the unenlightened to not be criticised by the more enlightened. – Stonepeace | Books When you are criticized, accept it as an opportunity to acknowledge...

The Difference Between Attachment & True Love

Aug. 28 | To become a Buddha is to grow from conditioned love of one or a few to unconditioned love of not more but all. – Stonepeace | Books Similarly, the feeling of being in love is usually more a form of attachment, based on mental projections and fantasies,...

Shabkar’s Song Of Compassion

Aug. 18 | Compassion is the root of the Buddha path. – Nagarjuna Now I have some heart-advice to give you: a sky needs a sun, a mother needs a child, a bird needs two wings. Likewise, emptiness [which is the truth that all mind and matter are empty of unchanging...

How Our Dualistic Minds Torment Us

Aug. 10 | Peace of mind arises from not seeing through the tainted lenses of deluded attachment and aversion. – Stonepeace | Books Alas! If we observe how this lost mind works, When it is happy, it becomes arrogant and its desires multiply; When it suffers,...

Become The Best You Can Be

Aug. 4 | Know not your greatest potential and actualise not your greatest potential. Know your greatest potential and actualise your greatest potential. – Stonepeace | Books The first step for someone who aspires to follow the spiritual path is to understand...

The Three Kinds Of Laziness

Jul. 25 | There is no goal that diligence cannot fulfil, as long as it is fulfillable. There is no goal that laziness can fulfil, even if it is fulfillable. – Stonepeace | Books [1] People are inextricably entangled in the affairs of this world. They are engrossed...

Practice Is Needed For Perfection

Jul. 14 | Taking pride in perfect potential present yet not willing to actualise it at all, it as as ‘good’ as being perfectly absent. – Stonepeace | Books Just as is the case with the sesame seed being the cause of the oil and the milk being the...

Just Do The Needed Now

Jul. 1 | Just do the needed now, but be sure it is truly what is needed now. – Stonepeace | Books A student was on Mount Tiantong in China, studying Chan [Chinese Zen], when one day he encountered an old monk who was working as chief cook. It was midsummer,...

Thoroughly Examine Your Mind

Jun. 23 | Even if another examines you, you have to examine yourself, to see if that examined is true. – Stonepeace | Books To see if you’re aware of impermanence or not, check whether your plans are long or short term. To see if you perceive Samsara as...

Should Buddhists Have Missionary Zeal?

Jun. 15 | If those with no or less dust do not help clear that of those with more dust, who else will? – Stonepeace | Books [TDEditor: The answer to the question is a resounding ‘Yes!’ As we can see from the Vinaya-pitaka I.20-21 below, it is with...

The Choice Is Yours

Jun. 12 | The more compassionate have compassion for the less compassionate too. – Stonepeace | Books No one can compel you to eat meat or to be vegetarian. You have to think carefully for yourself, and then act according to your own values and for your own reasons…...

What Are Supreme Offerings To All Buddhas

Jun. 3 | Is there need for lengthy explanation? Childish beings look out for themselves, While Buddhas labour for the good of others: See the difference that divides them! – Shantideva (Way Of The Bodhisattva) The Buddha, who loved all beings like his only...

The Power Of Buddhas & Bodhisattvas’ Names

May. 25 | Perfected virtues are always more powerful than defilements of greed and hatred, which are weaknesses due to delusion. – Stonepeace | Books Mara, the demon king, asked the Buddha [Sakyamuni], “If someone repeats my name, it brings them neither...

You Have A Rebel Buddha Within

May. 23 | Spiritually worthy rebels are the first to awaken, who awaken the rest. – Stonepeace | Books If we could, we would probably all sink completely into this dream that passes for our waking life, but something keeps rousing us from our sleep. No matter...

Beware Of Fake ‘Reborn Masters’ (False ‘Tulkus’)

May. 15 | Only fools and Bodhisattvas rush into Samsara – the latter to save the first. Sometimes, we are in-between. – Stonepeace | Books Some people might carry the name tag of “tulku,” [recognized reborn masters] but they are false tulkus. In...