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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...

We Reap Fruits From Seeds We Sow

Jan. 13 | While the one doing wrong creates negative karma in the present, the one who is wronged created negative karma in the past. – Stonepeace | Books Nagasena gave another simile, “Suppose a man were to steal another man’s crop of ripened grains and...

What Is Meant By Time?

Jan. 5 | We are running in time yet running out of time. – Stonepeace | Books The king [Milinda] asked, ‘Venerable Nagasena, what is meant by ‘time’?’ Nagasena replied, ‘Concerning the past things we speak in reference to time, concerning...

Is The Reborn Person Same Or Different?

Dec. 28 | The reborn is not totally same as the deceased or the body and mind will be totally same. There are instead some differences due to a continuum of conditioned changes. The reborn is not totally different from the deceased or the body and mind will be...

The Buddha Is All-Knowing

Dec. 21 | The severely deluded mistaken their knowing of a few things as being fully enlightened, to be knowing of everything. – Stonepeace | Books The King [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, ‘Does the Buddha know the things in the past, present and future?‘...

Where Did This Anger Come From?

Dec. 13 | Beyond appreciating truth by reading texts, realise truth by facing reality too. – Stonepeace | Books Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku. Desiring to show his attainment,...

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...