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Is He A True Buddhist ‘Teacher’?

Mar. 15 | Question: A friend asked a layperson to help ‘clear’ her workplace of suspected spirits by chanting, and it seemed to have effect as there were less accidents and quarrels after. She also brought her kids to him for blessing. He said one...

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...

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,...

Should We Simply Act Upon ‘Good’ Intentions?

Feb. 22 | It is will [intention], O monks, that I call karma [created]; having willed [intended], one acts through body, speech, and mind. – The Buddha (Nibbedhika Sutta: A.III.415) It is often taught that good (skilful; wholesome; positive) or bad (unskilful;...

Precepts Haiku

Feb. 16 | Teachers lax with the precepts cannot be accurate or effective in teaching morality and karma. Share This:

Can A Parent’s Negative Karma Ripen Through A Child?

Feb. 16 | We are all interconnected together, though with various degrees apart, known and seen, or not. ― Stonepeace | Books As one creates positive and negative karma personally, these good and bad karmic seeds thus ripen accordingly, when conditions are...

The ‘It’s Nothing (Yet Something) Personal’ Paradox

Jan. 25 | We either make more friends or enemies of present strangers, while it is hard to make friends and enemies strangers again. – Stonepeace | Books ‘It’s nothing personal’… how a stranger might be rude to you, since s/he does not...

Why Do Good Now Instead Of Later?

Jan. 18 | If it is surely good to do good, it is surely better to do better now than later, which might be too late. – Stonepeace | Books The king [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, “Suppose a man were to do good deeds, should he have done it previously, or should...

We Reap Fruits From Seeds We Sow

Jan. 13 | While the one doing wrong creates negative karma in the present, the one who is wronged created negative karma in the past. – Stonepeace | Books Nagasena gave another simile, “Suppose a man were to steal another man’s crop of ripened grains and...

How Should Buddhists View Astrology?

Jan. 13 | Question: How should we view online circulated advice from some fortune-telling masters, about the fortune of those of different zodiac signs in the coming new year, about what best colour to wear and such? Is such advice authentic, or should we read...

The Boy Who Eats Too Many Sweets

Jan. 5 | The short-sighted’s fault is not seeing far enough. – Stonepeace | Books Someone asked – ‘If there is a future life, I would most likely have forgotten about this life then? If so, why should I not simply indulge in pleasures all the...

‘S Storm’ For Clearing Corruption 

Dec. 28 | These days, the higher one climbs in power and office, the greater are temptations for high-level corruption. Without crude robbery with arms and such, white-collar crime in this digital age can simply be about clicking the ‘right’ clicks...

How To Help Resolve Family Conflicts?

Dec. 28 | Question: I feel fear and sadness whenever there are messages and calls from a sibling and other family members – as there are quarrels between them. I tried to help, but feel totally drained, with the outcome often in vain. What can I do to manage...

Do We Experience Pure Coincidences?

Dec. 21 | Question: Are my similar experiences purely coincidental, or all due to X? Answer: In this universe of cause and effect, there are never any ‘pure coincidences’, as in totally random or chance events experienced. While what happens in our...

Is Suffering A Blessing?

Nov. 30 | Question: Is it true that ‘to suffer is a blessing’ (吃亏是福)? Answer: No. If ‘to suffer is a blessing’, the Buddha would not have given a single teaching on how to overcome suffering at all. Yet, his central messages are...