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The Five Contemplations To Remember At Mealtimes

Apr. 19 | Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates (Greek father of medicine) In most Chinese Buddhist temples, monastics take their meals at ‘The Hall Of Five Contemplations’ (五观堂). Usually, in its centre are the...

Is It Alright For Buddhists To Gamble?

Mar. 15 | What furthers greed, hatred and delusion should not be supported in any way. What furthers generosity, compassion and wisdom should be supported all the way. – Stonepeace | Books Often, Buddhist friends are curious about why the Buddha did not discourage...

Parable Of The Greedy Child

Nov. 30 | Precepts are let go of when the poisons of greed, hatred and delusion are instead taken up. – Stonepeace | Books One day, a nursemaid who was carrying a child a long distance grew very tired and decided to lie down by the side of the road to take a...

The Buddha’s Admonition Against Not Severing Lust

Nov. 16 | All not ready for sudden enlightenment should walk the gradual path to it now. – Stonepeace | Books 大佛顶首楞严经: 四种决定清净明诲章: 断淫篇 The Great Buddha’s Crown’s Foremost Śūraṅgama Sūtra: Section On Four Kinds...

Are You Ignorant Of Your Cypher Complex?

May. 25 | (To Enter Or Exit ‘The Matrix’ Of Delusion?) Disciple: Do Pure Lands (净土) exist? Master: Does this defiled land (秽土) exist? Disciple: Of course it does. Master: If so, Pure Lands exist all the more. – Pure Land & Zen Dialogue Screened...

Is Collection Of ‘Blessed’ Amulets Buddhist Practice?

Mar. 9 | If you take refuge only in ‘blessed’ items, you have yet to take refuge in the truly blessed Triple Gem. – Stonepeace | Books Some believe that making money offerings to ‘masters’ who offer blessed amulets is true Buddhist practice...

The Seven Limbs As Antidotes To Afflictions

Feb. 17 | Revere the more enlightened to rid pride. Learn their teachings and ask to rid ignorance and doubt. Repent and radiate loving-kindness to rid hatred. Rejoice of others’ well-being to rid jealousy. Give to the needy and worthy to rid greed. Dedicate...

Wild Greed, ‘Wild City’

Feb. 10 | In ‘Wild City’ is a scene of two brothers on the run from life-threatening gangsters. Fuelled by greed and hatred, they were after a case of ill-gotten money and gold that the brothers chanced upon. While arguing on how to handle the case...

Repentance Of ‘The Gunman’

Feb. 3 | Why be a hitman, who might be silenced for having pulled a hit, by another hitman? The karmic consequences of killing are often by being killed. And karma can take time to ripen, as the unresolved past haunts on. The protagonist gunman attempts to make...

Who Is ‘A Most Wanted Man’?

Oct. 15 | The espionage thriller based on John le Carré’s novel, like any engaging story, does not tell a straightforward tale. Well, any story too predictable and clichéd is perhaps not worth telling at all, having the same old plots and morals told too...

Has ‘Terminator Genisys’ Already Begun?

Jul. 15 | It is surely a blessing, to be able to use high technology skilfully, to better rule the world with better machines. But at what point do we become ruled by machines instead, with them becoming a curse? Perhaps it has already begun… Think being...

Terminators ‘R’ Us? (Review Of ‘Terminator Salvation’)

Jul. 15 | The Terminator saga, as most would know, is about the anthropomorphism and demonisation of high technology. It is a series of extreme cautionary tales on the potential danger of humans going overboard with unchecked technologisation. Technology is meant...

What ‘Nuggets’ Are You Hooked On?

Mar. 5 | Watch ‘Nuggets’ at http://youtube.com/watch?v=HUngLgGRJpo ‘Nuggets’ is one of the most minimal yet powerful short animated works I have seen in a long time. Deceptively simple in its setup, it carries important and urgent messages,...

On Quenching Thirst & Soothing Itches

Jun. 23 | Desire that is pure arises only for true spiritual progress. Desire that is impure arises only for straying from it. Bliss that is pure arises only from true spiritual practice. Bliss that is impure arises only from craving for it. – Stonepeace...

Why Drink More Salt Water?

Jan. 26 | Sensual pleasure are like salt water: The more you indulge, the more thirst increases. Abandon at once those things which breed clinging attachment. This is the practice of bodhisattvas. – Bodhisattva (Gyelsay) Togmay Zangpo (Verse #21 Of The Thirty-Seven...