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Love Not Terrorism But Hate Not Terrorists

Jul. 24 | ‘He abused me, he struck me,  he overpowered me, he robbed me.’  Those who do not harbour such thoughts  still their hatred. – The Buddha (Dhammapada) Someone quipped this on our post-truth era, ‘We used to laugh at comedians...

A Short Chat In ‘A Chinese Tall Story’

Apr. 27 | In the movie ‘A Chinese Tall Story’ (情颠大圣), which is yet another spin-off retelling of the already fictitious novel ‘Journey To The West’, it’s clearly non-factual version of ‘Tripitaka’ (Dharma Master...

Of Loving-Kindness To Our Tiny Friends

Jun. 29 | (Reflections From A Retreat In The Wild) Insects The Buddha says in the Surangama Sutra (楞严经), ‘Pure Bhikṣus [monastics] and all Bodhisattvas, at divergent roads walking [where there are grass patches], do not tread on living grass, what...

You, ‘Animals And The Buddha’

May. 4 | All beings fear danger, life is dear to all. When a person considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill. – The Buddha (Dhammapada, 129) ‘Animals And The Buddha’ (https://youtube.com/watch?v=S0MWAAykFuc) is a documentary by ‘Dharma...

Are You An Anger-Feeding Demon (Or Feeding One)?

Feb. 4 | Always do what is right, but never with anger, as anger is never right. – Stonepeace | Books As recounted by Sakyamuni Buddha (in the Samyutta Nikaya), there was once a sickly-looking demon, who sat on the throne of Sakra, the chief of gods in the...

Smile

May. 25 | If someone does not smile at you, be generous and offer your own smile. Nobody needs a smile more than the one who cannot smile at others. – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama Share This:

An Interterrestrial’s Ode To ‘Interstellar’

Dec. 22 | The movie ‘Interstellar’ sings of great hope for humanity, with speak of how we are explorers not caretakers, not meant to save the world, but to leave it, born here, but not to die here, with our place in the stars, not in the dirt. Yet,...

How To Apply Dharma In Office Politics?

Dec. 1 | Question: Somehow, I feel that upholding Buddhist principles seems idealistic and impractical in worldly work. Answer: This is absolutely untrue, as the Dharma is applicable for every situation. What needed is more skilfulness. Question: Where I work,...

How To Not Be A Loner?

Nov. 2 | Question: In my work place, where colleagues form social cliques, I try to be myself, ending up as a loner who feels vulnerable. What should I do? Answer: Formation of cliques is natural. You do not have to join only a specific one though. It is good...

It Is Love

Sep. 24 | The path to Buddhahood for all begins with compassion for all, is walked with compassion for all, and completed with compassion for all. – Stonepeace | Books A brief verse that has always been recited at the Zen Center goes like this: Great robe...

Does ‘Acting’ Bad Create Bad Karma?

Sep. 19 | We are all ‘actors’ the moment we pretend to be who we are not, or to not be who we are. – Stonepeace | Books) In the Talaputa Sutta, Talaputa, who heads an acting troupe, asks the Buddha on what he has to say of the ancient belief handed...

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...

How Can I Overcome My Shyness?

Feb. 14 | Question: When I see acquaintances, mostly in class, I sometimes just don’t know how to respond, because I have been ignoring them almost every other time. It is as if my auto-reflex would be to freeze, and I have to force myself to smile to them....

Should We Share Merits With Our ‘Enemies’?

Jan. 20 | Karma is our Mama, for we are born from our karma. – Stonepeace | Get Books Is there a need to share merits, even with those who treat us selfishly, or negatively in some way? Yes, the sharing of merits should always include all sentient beings,...

The Only Way To End Hatred

Jun. 29 | Hatred is, indeed, never appeased by hatred in this world. It is appeased only by loving-kindness. This is an ancient law. – The Buddha While residing at the Jetavana monastery in Savatthi, the Buddha uttered Verse 5 of this book [above, in the...