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‘The Magnificent Seven’ Reborn

Mar. 1 | ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016) is a remake of the 1960 Western classic. Though set in 1879, it has a contemporary multi-cultural update, perhaps accidentally hinting of how to make America truly great? A murderous robber baron, who represents...

How To Explain, End And Prevent Mass Hysteria?

Nov. 30 | Individuals’ delusions can lead to collective confusion. Individuals’ clarifications can lead to collective illuminations. – Stonepeace | Books Mass hysteria is sometimes the expression of collective obsessive behavior – due to group...

The Meta Nature Of ‘The Meddler’

Oct. 24 | ‘The Meddler’ features Blues Traveler performing. As it is a real-life band, the lead singer John Popper commented so an interview, ‘We’re playing ourselves, which, you know, it’s kind of the toughest role, because, does...

How Even Stubborn Rocks Agreed With A Master

Sep. 23 | The only beings who ‘cannot’ become Buddhas are those who still refuse to see their Buddha-nature. – Stonepeace | Books One of the foremost disciples of the Venerable Huiyuan [慧远大师: the First Patriarch of the Pure Land tradition],...

Verse On Refuge In Buddhas

Jul. 7 |   自归于佛, 当愿众生, 绍隆佛种, 发无上意。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品11: 第20偈) Personally taking refuge [in the] Buddha[s], [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings perpetuate magnificence [of their]...

Is It Okay To Vent Anger When Stressed?

Jun. 15 | Question: I was shocked when I saw a volunteer speaking harshly to a group of devotees queuing up for a ceremony. No matter how stressed we are, I think we should be mindful that the Buddha taught us to always be kind. Can a volunteer of any religious...

What Does It Mean To Be Awakened?

May. 18 | Question: What does being ‘awakened’ mean in Buddhism? Answer: To be awakened is opposite of being asleep or deluded; it is to spiritually wake up, to become aware. We are currently not totally awake to our Buddha-nature, which is our potential...

How Bridesmaids Meet Revata’s Ghosts And Theseus’ Ship

Mar. 30 | As change is inevitable, the inevitable question is how you wish to change you. – Stonepeace | Books In the comedy ‘Bridesmaids’ is this argument – H(elen): It’s too bad Lilian couldn’t play with us today… A(nnie):...

Fly Haiku

Feb. 3 | Where there’s people, there’s flies and Buddhas. – Issa hito areba hae ari hotoke ari ni keri Share This:

‘Ted 2’ (Too) Is Sentient?

Jan. 18 | In ‘Ted 2’, there is surprising probe into the mystery of what makes one a person; versus a mere thing. Ted the talking soft toy teddy bear, who miraculously came to life goes on trial, fighting to be acknowledged legally as a person; not...

Can The Dharma Boost Self-Acceptance?

Aug. 4 | Question: Can the Buddha’s teachings help me to have greater self-acceptance, to not feel inferior to others? Answer: Conventionally speaking, we in some aspects of life truly inferior to others, but in other aspects superior. For example, we might...

Become The Best You Can Be

Aug. 4 | Know not your greatest potential and actualise not your greatest potential. Know your greatest potential and actualise your greatest potential. Stonepeace | Books The first step for someone who aspires to follow the spiritual path is to understand how...

Practice Is Needed For Perfection

Jul. 14 | Taking pride in perfect potential present yet not willing to actualise it at all, it as as ‘good’ as being perfectly absent. – Stonepeace | Books Just as is the case with the sesame seed being the cause of the oil and the milk being the...

Why Are There No Souls?

Feb. 10 | Question: How should Buddhists explain why we do not believe in the existence of ‘souls’? Answer: According to the Buddha’s teachings, there are no unchanging mental or physical entities called souls within anyone as we are changing...

Are The Great Bodhisattvas Real Or Not?

Jan. 21 | As all immeasurable beings have Buddha-nature, the universe is naturally filled with immeasurable realised Buddhas, pervading space and time. – Stonepeace | Books There is a false dichotomy in Buddhism that we might fall for, when it comes to...