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Verse On Straightness

Jun. 13 | 若见直路, 当愿众生, 其心正直, 无谄无诳。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第55偈) If seeing a straight road, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, their minds be upright and straight,* without flattery and without deceit.’ –...

Do You Have The Twin Guardians?

Mar. 1 | Those with neither conscience nor shame can guard neither themselves nor others, and are bound for eventual suffering. – Stonepeace | Books According to the Buddha, the human world is protected by ‘twin guardians’, two forces in the mind...

The Heat Of Debate In ‘Cold War 2’

Feb. 1 | In ‘Cold War 2’ (寒战 2), is an interesting courtroom debate. A police commissioner who did not do something according to traditional S.O.P. (Standard Operational Procedure) in the course of his duty explained that, ‘In extraordinary...

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...

‘No Escape’ From Karmic Retribution?

Nov. 3 | ‘No Escape’ is a thriller that serves as critique on a new form of colonialisation – the corporate kind, that even leads to a kind of slavery. As the character Hammond, who is a frequent visitor to the featured fourth world country...

‘Our Brand Is Crisis’, Our Brand Is Clean?

Oct. 7 | ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ is a story on political strategists’ elaborate schemes behind electoral candidates’ efforts to win votes. But of course, they are paid by the candidates themselves, to do their work to help them win, and...

What Are You Practising Mindfulness For?

Aug. 3 | Mindfulness, I declare… is helpful everywhere. – Sakyamuni Buddha In recent years, cultivation of mindfulness has become all the craze, portrayed as an indispensable life skill. Of course, as the Buddha put it, mindfulness is ever useful,...

The Living ‘Dharma’ Of ‘Deadpool’?

Feb. 26 | For the uninitiated, Deadpool is an unconventional character who breaks the fourth wall of comic books to talk to readers directly, sometimes even referring to other comic books! To ‘break the fourth wall’ means to break the imaginary transparent...

Can Buddhist Monastics Change To Lay Clothes?

Nov. 30 | A briefer version of this was published in the January 2016 issue of ‘For You Information’, a Singapore-based Buddhist magazine. What we prefer to keep doing without others seeing us do probably should never be done. – Anonone Is it alright...

How Should We Learn Buddhism Properly?

Aug. 4 | Our lives are not too short to find time to learn the Dharma well. Our lives are too short not to learn well, so as to practise better. – Stonepeace | Books It is of course important to learn the Buddha’s teachings properly, since realising...

How To More Fully Observe The Five Precepts

Jul. 28 | [1] I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures. [2] I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given. [3] I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct. [4] I undertake the precept to refrain...

How To Be Free From Demonic Obstacles

Jun. 26 | 虽则身心,无杀盗淫… 若大妄语,即三摩地, 不得清净,成爱见魔, 失如来种。 Although thus with bodies and minds without killing, stealing [and] sexual (mis)conduct… if [beings are with] great false speech, immediately,...

Letting Go While According With Conditions

Jun. 23 | 放下不等于放弃。 随缘不等于随便。 ‘Letting go’ of the unresolved is not to ‘give up’ the worthy, but to be unattached to results while always doing one’s best. ‘According with conditions’ is not...

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...

Pure Precepts

Mar. 5 | 若持净戒顺正教, 诸佛贤圣所赞叹, 戒是无上菩提本, 应当具足持净戒。 – 华严经 If upholding the pure precepts [of morality] to comply with the true teachings, [which] all Buddhas and virtuous sages praise, [as]...