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Of Gods, Demi-Gods & Humans In ‘Wonder Woman’

Aug. 2 | Where Wonder Woman was created by Zeus (the absent god), Themyscira is a Greek mythological Paradise Island with only Amazon women. Somewhat feminist, perhaps sexist, yet true, it also represents how there might be safety and peace without the war-mongering...

Transcending The Limits Of Worldly Philosophies

Mar. 1 | Be not so worldly that transcending the worldly out of wisdom is totally neglected. [to be continued…] – Stonepeace | Books When Confucius’ disciples asked if he thought they will be rewarded after death for their good done for others,...

All Too Human, The ‘League Of Gods’

Feb. 8 | ‘League Of Gods (封神传奇)’ is a way too creative retelling of the fictional 16th century Chinese classical novel (封神榜), sometimes translated as ‘Canonisation Of The Deities’ or ‘Investiture Of The Gods’....

Can Buddhists Pray To Gods?

Mar. 5 | Question: Is it alright for Buddhists to just pray as form of respect to deities (gods), but not to request anything from them? Answer: It is alright for Buddhists to express respect but there should not be a sense of utmost reverence and absolute refuge,...

How To Have Harmonious Inter-Religious Dialogue

Mar. 5 | Question: While chatting on our faiths, I said that a difference between Buddhism and god-centric faiths, is how gods are seen as still trapped within the six realms of existence, susceptible to karmic fall and rebirth, and are thus spiritually lesser...

Why The Inconceivable Is Not The Impossible

Jan. 13 | The unbelievable is not always the improbable. The inconceivable is not always the impossible. (不可思议者不一定不可能。) – Stonepeace | Books Some Mahayana sutras might seem full of amazing imagery beyond ordinary perception, and...

Should Buddhists Pray To Tai Sui?

Dec. 28 | Question: As Buddhists, do we have to be concerned about ‘offending Tai Sui (太岁 diety/dieties)’? Is there the need to make offerings for the purpose of appeasement? Answer: Praying to Tai Sui is not a Buddhist belief or practice; it seems to be...

The Buddha’s Advice For Vanquishing Fear

Sep. 5 | With one’s self-limited merits, mere mindfulness of oneself when dying at best leads to a limitedly blessed rebirth. – Stonepeace | Get Books In the Dhajagga Sutta on ‘Banner Protection’, which is one of the discourses compiled...

Does Chanting Attract Spirits?

Mar. 21 | Question: I heard some saying that chanting certain mantras or sutras attracts spirits (ghosts) as they also want to listen to the Dharma. Is there any truth in this? If so, does it really matter, especially if I sometimes chant at night? Answer: Some...

The Buddha’s Victory Over A God & Demon

Mar. 20 | If your inner Mara already subdues you, you are subdued by the outer Mara too. -Stonepeace As summarised from the Brahma-Nimantanika Sutta, the Buddha spoke of an occasion, when a wrong view arose in the mind of Baka Brahma, a god residing in Maha Brahma...

Differences Of Refuge And Respect

Oct. 11 | Question: Is it alright, as Buddhists, beyond the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, to pay respects to various gods and deities? Answer: If we think of asking gods for assistance before we think of the Triple Gem, it is probably a sign that we have not really...

How Even The Gods May Fall

Sep. 12 | That even gods may fall is a powerful reminder that merely doing good is not good enough. – Stonepeace Whoever has accumulated much merit, after his rebirth in the Deva-realms [heavenly planes of gods], lives there till the end of the life-span of that...

Was The Buddha A Free-Thinker?

Nov. 11 | To assume oneself to be right dogmatically is to be wrong spiritually. – Stonepeace Recently, there is an increase in atheists and agnostics (free-thinkers) who are eager to show that it is possible to be secular humanists, to be moral (instead...

The Cross-Manifestations of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas & Gods?

Nov. 10 | It is common for those unfamiliar with the intricate different details between various religions to suppose that all the divine worshipped or taken refuge in are similar, to be manifestations of one another in myriad forms, that they are “all the same”....

Are Buddhists Atheists?

Nov. 10 | According to online dictionary m-w.com, an “atheist” is “one who believes that there is no deity” and a “deity” is “the rank or essential nature of a god/ a god or goddess/ one exalted or revered as supremely good or powerful.” Many theists,...