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Should One’s Past Form Be Seen As Empty?

Aug. 2 | Question: It is said that we should not be attached to emptiness… Answer: … and not be attached to form too, while it is practically safer to be skilfully ‘attached’ to pure forms (such as that of Pure Land) as the best stepping...

When Is Your Good Or Bad Karma’s ‘Due Date’?

Jul. 13 | Near the beginning of the movie ‘Due Date’ is a minor accident before Ethan and Peter enter an airport. Ethan tries to console Peter – ‘My father always had a saying. When a day starts like this, it’s all uphill from here.’...

True Liberation

Feb. 22 | He who cling to emptiness And neglects compassion, Does not reach the highest stage. But he who practices only compassion, Does not gain release from toils of existence. He, however, who is strong in practice of both, Remains neither in Samsara nor in...

The Middle Way

Nov. 3 | ‘All exists,’ Kaccayana, this is one extreme, ‘All does not exist,’ this is the other extreme. Without veering towards either of these extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma by the Middle Way. — Sakyamuni Buddha     (Samyutta...

‘Begin Again’, Play It Again?

Feb. 24 | ‘But are we all lost stars, trying to light up the dark?’ If you are a recording artist, trying to get your big break into the music scene, one song might change your life – for better or worse. If it is moving enough, resonating with many,...

Are There ‘Buddhist’ Extremists?

Oct. 20 | Question: How is it that there are some ‘Buddhist monastics’, who are supposed to be good at practising Metta (loving-kindness), who have instead become extreme racists against minorities in their countries? Answer: This is because they are...

Can You Say Your True Name?

Sep. 25 | The past mind cannot be attained, The present mind cannot be attained, The future mind cannot be attained. – Diamond Sūtra (Śākyamuni Buddha) 过去心不可得, 现在心不可得, 未来心不可得。 – 金刚经 (释迦牟尼佛) In the...

A Bodhisattva ‘Man Of Steel’?

Nov. 29 | Like a skilful transcendental Bodhisattva whom, as instructed by the Buddha, does not reveal his identity – so as to better enter and blend into the worldly masses and protect relations, Superman functions almost anonymously despite his obvious...

How The Buddha Enjoys Wonderful Scenery

Aug. 30 | The simplest spiritual joy begins with recognition and rejoice of the worthy. – Stonepeace In the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, the Buddha was recorded to have remarked, ‘Pleasant, Ananda, is Vesali; pleasant are the shrines of Udena, Gotamaka,...

How To Teach Kids The Third & Fifth Precept?

May. 17 | Question: How can kids be taught the Third & Fifth Precept, of abstaining from sexual misconduct and taking of intoxicants? Answer: For teaching the Third Precept to kids who have yet to reach puberty, I suggest teaching it ‘forward’,...

The Compassion & Wisdom Of Relative & Absolute Truths

Nov. 1 | To share absolute truths with those who need relative truths is to confuse instead of help. To share relative truths with those who need absolute truths is to belittle instead of enlighten. – Stonepeace Relative truths refer to conventional realities...

Danger Of Clinging To Emptiness

Oct. 24 | If one clings to the relative forms of all phenomena, one neglects the absolute emptiness of all phenomena. One makes forms an eternalistic dogma, and forgoes the wisdom of practising non-attachment [of the transient]. If one clings to the absolute...

The Middle Path Between Nihilism & Eternalism

Sep. 12 | If you try to convert me, I’ve thought about heaven and hell, I’m prepared to face either, if either of them exists. – Lee Kuan Yew (The Straits Times, 06.09.11) But is it possible for anyone to truly imagine or to ever be prepared to...

How To Be Good To Yourself?

Sep. 6 | Questions: (1) How do we go about being compassionate to ourselves, and (2) How to know if we are so? Answer: Very broad questions! (1) We can do so by taking good care of ourselves physically and spiritually. Physically, as in having enough nutrition,...

The ‘Wu Xia’ Koan Of Forgiveness

Aug. 2 | ‘Wu Xia’ is an entertaining and nuanced study of the tension between the need for forgiving one who has resolved to turn over a new leaf, versus the danger of forgiving one who turns out to be thoroughly unrepentant. Since we cannot read...