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Are You Waiting For Your ‘Guru’ To Find You?

Sep. 13 | 当来之世,经道灭尽, 我以慈悲哀愍,特留此经 ,止住百岁。 其有众生,值斯经者,随意所愿,皆可得度。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《无量寿经》 In the world of the future, when the paths of the sutras [to enlightenment]...

Light In ‘The Darkest Hour’

Sep. 13 | ‘The Darkest Hour’ is really a simple science fiction flick… about invisible and thus insidious aliens, who are energy vampires. As in the case of all sudden catastrophes, be it storms, monsters or zombies, they tend to bring out the...

Ryuk Returns With His ‘Death Note’ (2017)

Sep. 6 | In case you missed it about 10 years ago, ‘Death Note’ is a (thankfully) fictitious book granted by a death god (Ryuk). Its keeper can write to actualise the death of anyone in any manner, as long as the name and face are known. Ryuk is...

Forgetful Bodhisattvas & Maras Of ‘Gantz:O’

May. 6 | Gantz is a mysterious black sphere. Somehow, it is able to revive the deceased selectively, teleporting them to an isolated room, where they are equipped with weapons, and instructed to eliminate alien invaders. (These monsters are like the minions of...

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...

Fly Haiku

Feb. 3 | Where there’s people, there’s flies and Buddhas. – Issa hito areba hae ari hotoke ari ni keri Share This:

How Is ‘The Dharma’ Different From ‘All Dharmas’?

Jun. 17 | 如我所说, 名为佛说。 不如此说, 即波旬说。 Such as I [Sakyamuni Buddha] have spoken, [on the clear instructions for purity] is named [all] Buddhas’ speech [teachings]. Not such as spoken [taught], is Papiyan’s [Mara: the evil...

The Buddha’s Admonition Against Making False Spiritual Claims

Jan. 5 | Liars are not true even to themselves, much less to others and to Truth itself. – Stonepeace | Books 大佛顶首楞严经: 清净明诲章: 妄语篇 The Great Buddha’s Crown’s Foremost Surangama Sutra: Section On Clear Instructions For...

Your Best Ally

Jul. 19 | Your greatest spiritual challenge is your personal Mara but you have a greater spiritual ally which is your Buddha-nature. – Stonepeace | Get Books Share This:

How To Be Inexhaustible Joyful Lamps Of The Dharma

Jan. 10 | All Buddhas only wish that all practise and share the Dharma well to benefit all. – Stonepeace According to the Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra, Mara (the most evil heavenly demon king from the Paranirmita-vashavartin heaven) once disguised as Sakra (the...

Mere Manifestations

Jan. 9 | Just as maras can take the most benevolent manifestations, Bodhisattvas can take the most wrathful manifestations. – Stonepeace [Form is not the substance.] The picture is of the wrathful manifestation of Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of wisdom, as...

Is There Eternal Heaven Or Hell?

Aug. 30 | If even Mara can become a Buddha eventually, why doubt your ability to do so? – Stonepeace The definitions of good and evil in Buddhism are much more subtly nuanced and realistic than the conventional versions. What is goodness? It is whatever done...

The ‘Black Swan’ Mara

Mar. 1 | ‘Black Swan’ tells the story of extreme clash of conflict in body and mind. A ballerina feels compelled by her idealism and expectations of others to play both the pure and restrained white swan and the malevolent and seductive black swan...

‘The Rite’ of Passage to Hell Or Pure Land?

Feb. 16 | ‘The battle against the Devil, which is the principal task of Saint Michael the Archangel, is still being fought today, because the Devil is still alive and active in the world. – Pope John Paul II.’ ‘The Rite’ begins...