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Verse On Assemblies

Jul. 24 | 若见众会, 当愿众生, 说甚深法, 一切和合。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第59偈) If seeing masses* assembling, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, speak the extremely profound Dharma, [and with] all be harmonious.’** –...

Verse For Washing

Feb. 8 | 洗涤形秽, 当愿众生, 清净调柔, 毕竟无垢。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品: 第44偈) [When] washing [to cleanse the] body’s dirt, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [be] pure with gentle harmony,* ultimately...

Verse On Contemplation

Oct. 28 | 若修于观, 当愿众生, 见如实理, 永无乖诤。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第32偈) If cultivating contemplation,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings see [the] principles [of] reality,** [and] forever [be]...

Verse On Dharma Harmony

Apr. 13 | 入僧伽蓝, 当愿众生, 演说种种, 无乖诤法。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第13偈) When entering samgharamas,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, expound on all kinds of Dharma teachings without disharmony...

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...

Can Buddhists Seek Fengshui Advice?

Jan. 13 | Even when not mindful of how mind is the forerunner, the potential power of the mind still rules over matter. – Stonepeace | Books As Buddhists, is it considered superstitious to seek fengshui (geomancy) advice for, say, family harmony? Geomancy...

The Importance of Inter-Religious Harmony

Feb. 22 | The roots of non-religious, religious and inter-religious disharmony are universally the same – greed, hatred and delusion. – Stonepeace The most common problem in inter-religious dialogue is disagreement on perspectives of Truth. But disagreement...

The Importance Of Inter-Religious Harmony

Feb. 17 | As featured in Singapore’s Inter-Religious Organisation’s 2009 commemorative magazine for the China-Singapore Religious and Cultural Exhibition, by committee member Shen Shi’an, who co-represented the Buddhist faith. It is a common...

Do Not Drag Buddhism Into Partisan Politics

May. 9 | Two local (Singapore) Chinese evening tabloids (Shin Min and Lianhe Wanbao) reported on the eve of General Election 2011 that the President of the Singapore Buddhist Lodge (SBL), Mr. Li Mu Yuan (Lee Bock Guan) took a swipe at Mr. Low Thia Khiang, the...

‘Looks’ Like It’s A Perfect Match?

Apr. 20 | While birds of similar karmic feathers flock together, these birds can choose to fly in different directions too. – Stonepeace There is a belief that friends or even lovers who look somewhat similar have higher tendencies of staying together for...

Should We Compare Religions?

Dec. 6 | Discriminating wisdom [that sees the uniqueness of each phenomenon] is just as important as the realisation of non-dualistic wisdom [that sees the emptiness of all phenomena]. – Stonepeace Out of respect for religions with different beliefs, it...

Do You Need A Happy Buddhist Card?

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An Easy Way To Say ‘Thanks, But No Thanks’

Nov. 3 | Do You Need The ‘Happy Buddhist Card’? Here is something handy and easy to use, for swift dissuasion against the ways of pushy preachers. I call it the ‘Happy Buddhist Card’. A friend recently expressed the need for such a card, when...

The Four Harmonious Friends (Bird, Hare, Monkey & Elephant)

Oct. 13 | Respect should be freely given to all simply because all have Buddha-nature, because all can become Buddhas. – Stonepeace Once, the Buddha was travelling, when many younger monks moved ahead to seek shelter. By dusk, a room was prepared for him,...