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The Parable Of Me & Mine

Jan. 11 | If even our strongest worldly attachments we too will lose attachment to later, why be so attached to them now? – Stonepeace | Books Some children were playing beside a river. They made castles of sand, and each child defended his castle and said,...

Away With The Dirt!

Jan. 4 | If clearing outer dirt does not remind you to clear your inner dirt, your cleaning is incomplete. – Stonepeace | Books Two brothers once lived in the city of Rajagaha in ancient India. Their names were Maha and Chula Panthaka. Their grandfather frequently...

The Toilet Cleaner’s True Fragrance

Dec. 27 | True filth is non-physical – they are the mental poisons of greed, hatred and delusion. – Stonepeace | Books Nidhi supported himself by cleaning toilets. That was why not only his clothes, but his entire body was permeated with odor associated with...

Will Nana The Tiger Learn?

Dec. 16 | Never regret good done; only regret not knowing how to better do good. – Stonepeace | Books Once upon a time there was a man who one day was pursued by a ferocious tiger named Nana. To escape from him, the man climbed as fast as he could into the nearest...

How The Buddha-To-Be Saw The Four Sights

Nov. 24 | The realities of life are the truths we live in the midst of now – they are truths so close that they are often neglected. – Stonepeace | Books Then the Bodhisattva [Sakyamuni Buddha-to-be] called Chandaka, his charioteer. “Prepare a chariot...

Be Kind To Be Happy

Nov. 6 | If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama Many studies have shown a link between happiness and kindness. When we are kind to others, our brains ‘reward’...

Change You Can & Change You Should

Oct. 20 | As we decide how we change, we are responsible for who we change into. Stonepeace | Books Despite my limited experience, I am convinced that with regular training, it is quite possible to transform one’s mind in a positive way, cultivating thoughts,...

13 Everyday Aspirations For Everyone

Oct. 20 | Day by day, may all beings further spiritually awaken as they physically awaken. Stonepeace | Books On every occasion, pray tirelessly for the benefit of beings. When you are going to sleep, think: ‘May all beings attain the absolute nature [Buddha-nature]!’ When...

Guru Rinpoche & Lama Tsongkhapas’s Exhortation To Reach Pure Land

Oct. 15 | 若有众生, 闻是说者, 应当发愿, 生彼国土。 – 阿弥陀经 (释迦牟尼佛) If there are [sentient] beings who hear this [teaching], they should vow [aspire] to be born in that [Pure] Land. – Amitā[bha] Sūtra (Śākyamuni Buddha) In...

Ideal Physical & Mental Postures For Meditation

Oct. 1 | Shamatha is the one-pointed concentration of the mind. Vipashyana is perfect discernment. – The Cloud Of Jewels Because body and mind are interrelated, if one adopts a correct physical posture, the subtle channels with their energies will be straight,...

Universal Compassion Arises From Impartial Detachment

Sep. 19 | While physical renunciation supports mental renunciation of greed, hatred and delusion, mere physical renunciation is inadequate without mental renunciation. Stonepeace | Books Since genuine compassion is necessarily universal and impartial, to achieve...

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 your...

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, it loses...