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Do You Catch Yourself Red-Handed?

Dec. 5 | Group spiritual practice is crucial, in case you lack mindful discipline and do not know this is the case. - Stonepeace | Get Books Geshe Ben was an erudite and accomplished monk of the Oral Precept School who lived in the eleventh century. He was noted...

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Wake The Master Up Now

Nov. 28 | Empower Buddha-nature. Disempower defiled nature. - Stonepeace | Get Books In losing self to pursue the material and in pursuing the material and losing self, man is like a puppet tightly controlled by external forces, or a spinning top fiercely lashed...

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Grave Admonition Against Slander Of Pure Land Practice

Nov. 20 | 若有众生,If there are beings 闻是说者,who hear this [teaching], 应当发愿,they should vow [aspire] 生彼国土。to be born in that [Pure] Land [of Amituofo].   - 释迦牟尼佛 Śākyamuni Buddha (佛说阿弥陀经 The Sūtra In...

How Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Saved A Boy

Nov. 13 | A good sacrifice inspires; A poor sacrifice in vain. - Stonepeace | Get Books A thousand years ago in Anwa there was a woman who believed in Jizo [Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva; Dizang Pusa] and prayed that she might have an image of the Bodhisattva in her...

The Groom Who Lost His Bride To The Stars

Nov. 8 | The only destiny worth fulfilling is that you create for the good of one and all. - Stonepeace | Get Books Once upon a time, there was a rich family living in Benares, in northern India. They arranged for their son to marry a good and honest girl from...

From Craving Arises Grief & Fear

Oct. 30 | From craving springs grief, From craving springs fear: For one quite free of craving There is no grief — how fear? - The Buddha (Dhammapada, Verse 216) … this brahman… went one day to the bank of the river to clear his field. The Teacher...

Spirit Versus Letter Of Precepts

Oct. 17 | If you live by the spirit of the precepts, you will never go wrong. If you stick to the letter of the precepts, you might sometimes do wrong. - Stonepeace | Get Books The Maha-Maya Sutra recounts the tale of Malika, the wife of King Prasenajit, who lies,...

Blessings From Good Observation Of Precepts

Oct. 8 | True observation of the precepts protects oneself as much as it protects others. - Stonepeace | Get Books Vakkula was a strange child. He was not born crying like most children, but entered the world smiling, Not only was he smiling, he was sitting upright...

The Upholding, Breaking & Restoring Of Precepts

Sep. 25 | Those who ‘observe’ the precepts loosely, with some intention of possibly breaking them later will find their misgivings correspondingly more difficult to repent. - Stonepeace | Get Books Once when the Buddha Shakyamuni was in the world,...

The Monk Attached To Sugar Cane

Sep. 18 | As the nature of our last thought leads to a corresponding rebirth, we should nurture the purest thought now, via mindfulness of Buddha, to be like Buddha, to be with Buddha. - Stonepeace | Get Books Once, in times past, there were two monks who cultivated...

Beware Of Fatal Words

Sep. 4 | Illness enters through the mouth; Disaster exits through the mouth. - Chinese Saying “The Kokalika Jataka tells that many years ago in Benares, the king had a bad habit of talking too much. A wise and valued minister decided to teach the king...

The Monk With Practice Without Faith & Aspiration

Aug. 24 | One with true Faith in a goal will have true Aspiration to advance with true Practice to reach it.  - Stonepeace | Get Books During the Later Lê dynasty in Vietnam, there was a certain monk at the Temple of Light who diligently practiced Buddha Recitation,...

The Importance Of Teaching Appropriately

Aug. 4 | Although there are many Dharma doors, each more appropriate for some, there are also some Dharma doors, the most appropriate for most. - Stonepeace | Get Books When Buddha Sakyamuni was alive, during his many travels, a group of devotees sought to join...

Even The Poor Should Be Charitable

Jul. 25 | Generosity with wisdom not only does not impoverish, it enriches materially and spiritually. - Stonepeace | Get Books During the lifetime of a certain transhistorical Buddha there was a couple so destitute that husband and wife had but one robe between...

It Depends On Your Determination

Jul. 12 | As long as you are determined towards a clearly worthy goal, even much effort needed is no concern. - Stonepeace | Get Books Long ago, in T’ang China, there was an old monk going on a pilgrimage to Mount Wu-t’ai, the abode of Manjusri, the...