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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...

How Death From Enmity Was Averted

Jul. 6 | ‘He beat me, he robbed me. Look at how he abused and injured me.’ Live with those thoughts and you will never stop hating… Abandon such thoughts and your hatred and suffering will cease. - The Buddha (Dhammapada) During the Ch’ing...