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Is ‘American History X’ Still Repeating?

Aug. 30 | Just rewatched this powerful 1999 film on Netflix, whose message on the senselessness of racial hate remains as relevant as ever in the light of Charlottesville’s white supremacist rallies (2017). AHX tells of how the insecure, frustrated and...

When You See Someone Dressed Just Like You

May. 18 | Do you ever notice that when you’re driving… Everyone going slower than you is an idiot… Everyone driving faster than you is a maniac? – Simple Town Comic In ‘Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time)‘, he shared this joke – ‘One...

‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ & The Missed Deaths Of Many Other Animals

Nov. 30 | This animated feature tells the tale of ‘flushed pets’, who have become ‘freedom fighters’. They meet kept pets called ‘leash lovers’, to whom they explain their cause. The abandoned pets’ revolution sought to...

Can I Keep A Bird Who Flew In My Window?

Oct. 7 | Question: Animals should not be held captive unwillingly, but a small coloured bird flew into our apartment. An expert said he might be attacked by crows if he was someone’s pet. Perhaps the owner will put up a ‘lost’ notice, but in...

How Shariputra Saw A Man, His Son & Their Dog

Aug. 18 | … Stop harming others, as you would want others to stop harming you… You can benefit others right away by not harming numberless sentient beings, by not eating them… With so many sentient beings, this frees them from being killed…...

You Can Outlive ‘The Age Of Adaline’!

Aug. 20 | ‘The Age Of Adaline’ is a study of mortality through a kind of ‘immortality’. No, there are no mythical vampires in the film, though the suggested phenomenon of possibly pausing human ageing, albeit accidentally is fictitious too....

Equanimity

Aug. 10 | It is absurd to maintain attachment and hatred toward beings of the six realms who have all been [reborn as] our parents.* Realise that they are all equal.** Is this not in itself a great liberation, a great happiness? – Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje *...

Calm & Clear Equanimity

Mar. 23 | We suffer from attachment when we deludedly overly idealise. We suffer from aversion when we deludedly overly demonise. We liberate with equanimity when we clearly see all as they are. – Stonepeace | Books Share This:

Is Pure Land Sexist?

Nov. 17 | Question: Is Pure Land sexist? Answer: In his 35th Vow, Dharmakara Bodhisattva stated this – ‘If I attain Buddhahood [as Amituofo (Amitabha Buddha)], in all immeasurable and inconceivable Buddha Lands of the ten directions, there are women...

The Dharma Nurtures Like Rain & Shine

Nov. 2 | To skilfully share the Dharma just as the Buddhas do is part of the path to Buddhahood. – Stonepeace | Books According to the Lotus Sutra, then, Buddhas possess a supramundane and transcendental, indefinite nature; they also respond and cater to...

Compassion Demon

Oct. 7 | When you over-idealise yourself now when you are far from being ideal is when you demonise yourself instead. – Stonepeace | Books I asked a monk the question, ‘How do I generate boundless compassion for all beings?’ His answer was to...

How Everyone Is Every Buddha’s ‘Only Child’

Sep. 3 | A being who has not been your mother [father, brother, sister, son, daughter] at one time in the past [due to many rebirths] is not easy to find. – The Buddha (Mata Sutta) Loving-kindness, as the first of the Four Immeasurable States Of Mind, is...

The Lady Who Did (Not) Lose Her Beloved

Aug. 7 | While we cannot truly lose what we cannot truly have and hold, we can truly suffer, over what we imagine we had and held. – Stonepeace | Books Once upon a time, Zen Master Foyin encountered a lady, who was about to drown herself in a river out of...

The Nightmare That Woke Me Up

Aug. 5 | As all need true compassion, have true compassion for all. – Stonepeace | Books I dreamt that we were at the void deck of an empty block of flats. There was a ceremony going on but I wasn’t sure what it was. A group of us were spectators,...

How The Buddha Discriminates No One

Jul. 20 | Perfect compassion is with perfect loving-kindness and perfect equanimity. – Stonepeace | Books In Savatthi of India, there was a scavenger named Sunita. As a road-sweeper he received a very small salary which was not enough for him to buy his daily...