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The Lying ‘Snake’ Vs The Sitting ‘Toad’

May. 27 | The wise heed wisdom from anyone who offers it. The foolish ignore wisdom from everyone who offers it. – Stonepeace | Books There was once a Zen [Chan] Master who practiced meditation with extreme diligence. He usually slept in a sitting position rather...

Four Ways Bodhisattvas Lose Bodhicitta

May. 18 | As they might backslide, beginner Bodhisattvas should keep giving rise to Bodhicitta now, until they become great Bodhisattvas. As they might backslide, beginner Bodhisattvas should keep aspiring to reach Pure Land now, where they become great Bodhisattvas. –...

A Buddhist Tale Of Sex & Violence

May. 8 | Those who intentionally break precepts with plans to repent after doing so will find it very difficult to repent truly. – Stonepeace | Books Once when the Buddha Shakyamuni was in the world, there were two Bhikshus [Buddhist monks] cultivating in the...

Great Good & Evil Start Small

Apr. 13 | Take care of each thought to take care of each word and deed too. – Stonepeace | Books How does one accumulate blessings? It is from a number of actions, not just one. There is a saying, ‘Don’t skip doing a good deed just because it is small,...

How Asanga Urged Vasubandhu To Be A Bodhisattva Too

Apr. 6 | To slander the Mahayana teachings is to speak against the path to Buddhahood, to create obstacles for others to be Buddhas, to create causes for oneself to be reborn wretched. – Anonone Asanga [Bodhisattva], teacher of the Law [Buddhadharma: teachings...

Offering Self-Sacrifice Vs Wanting Others Sacrifice

Mar. 30 | The perfection of sacrifice is attained with sacrifice till there is no more sacrifice. – Stonepeace | Books Few of us can love all humanity. Life for us cannot but be centered around ourselves. Indeed, if we do not have a love for our own life, we...

Why The Chinese Canon Is As Important As The Pali Canon

Mar. 18 | (Why The Pali Canon Does Not Represent All Of Buddhism) Availability of pure teachings depends on our availability of reverence, diligence and merits. – Anonone From Foreword by Roderick S. Bucknell, University of Queensland: ‘Here the author...

Harm Of Praising Oneself & Blaming Others

Mar. 9 | When you praise yourself, you forget to improve yourself. When you blame others, you forget to help others. – Stonepeace | Books “One can say that the habit of praising oneself and looking down on others is common to most people. That is why wherever...

Why It Is Wiser To Turn Grievance To Friendship

Mar. 2 | Until the senseless cycle is broken, cyclical greed, hatred and delusion keeps the cycle of rebirth spinning. – Stonepeace | Books During the Ch’ing Dynasty in China, in Yang Chou, there was a person named Ch’eng Pai Lin. One day he had...

The Buddha’s Perfect Fatherly Speech

Feb. 24 | Those not aware that they can be mindfully firm and not unmindfully harsh harm by choosing anger. – Stonepeace | Books “Sariputta the chief disciple said, ‘The Tathagata [Sakyamuni Buddha] is perfect in speech, there is no fault in the Tathagata...

The Seven Limbs As Antidotes To Afflictions

Feb. 17 | Revere the more enlightened to rid pride. Learn their teachings and ask to rid ignorance and doubt. Repent and radiate loving-kindness to rid hatred. Rejoice of others’ well-being to rid jealousy. Give to the needy and worthy to rid greed. Dedicate...

Transforming Bandits To Bodyguards

Feb. 10 | Dharma practice is to transform the negative to the positive, so as to realise the pure. – Stonepeace | Books Tibet.. is full of long and lonely roads… in the mountains… Travelling is always dangerous, because there are almost always bandits...

Santideva Bodhisattva Explains Why There Is No God

Feb. 3 | As a perfect creator will never create the imperfect, and since the imperfect pervades this world, there is surely no perfect creator of this world. – Stonepeace | Books [118] [Nyaya-Vaiseka] God [as a creator] is the cause of the world. [Madhyamika]...

A Profound & Essential One-Word Teaching

Jan. 26 | Briefly, without being mindful of death, whatever Dharma practices you take up will be merely superficial. – Milarepa He [Milarepa]… said, ‘I have an unusually profound pith-instruction, but it is too precious to just give it away. I am...

Mundane Vs Supramundane Perfection of Giving

Jan. 18 | True giving away hopes for no takeaway. Being able to give [to help] is itself the ‘takeaway’. – Stonepeace | Books Sariputra: What is the worldly, and what is the supramundane perfection of giving? Subhuti: The worldly perfection of giving...