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How Are Vows & Precepts Related?

Apr. 8 | Question: What is the significance of taking vows in Buddhism? Answer: There are several kinds of vows for Buddhists. Taking refuge in the Triple Gem is one kind. Committing to the Five Precepts is another, as is to the Eight Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts...

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...

Precepts Haiku

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

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...

‘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...

Who Is A True Sangha Member?

Dec. 28 | The not correctable are not commendable.  The incorrect yet correctable are still commendable. – Stonepeace | Books Though not totally right, ‘the Sangha’ is often defined as the fourfold community of Buddhist monks, nuns, laymen and...

Should Refuge And The Five Precepts Go Together?

Dec. 13 | 皈依佛竟,宁舍身命,终不皈依天魔外道。 皈依法竟,宁舍身命,终不皈依外道邪说。 皈依僧竟,宁舍身命,终不皈依外道徒众。 – 皈依文 Taking refuge in the Buddhas completely, rather to give up life,...

Parable Of The Greedy Child

Nov. 30 | Precepts are let go of when the poisons of greed, hatred and delusion are instead taken up. – Stonepeace | Books One day, a nursemaid who was carrying a child a long distance grew very tired and decided to lie down by the side of the road to take a...

Should I Work In A Prison?

Nov. 23 | Question: According to Buddhist teachings, is it morally alright to work in a prison? What if one’s work is linked to prisoners facing the death sentence? Answer: It is alright to work in a prison, so long as it is a fair prison, where the incarcerated...

Rise & Fall Of ‘Z Storm’ Of Corruption

Nov. 16 | ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) is Hong Kong’s official internal investigation bureau. Featured in this story, its chief assigns an independent team to check ICAC’s principal investigator of a major case for corruption....

How & Why Do We Comply With Others’ Wishes?

Nov. 3 | Question: What does ‘compliance with sentient beings’ (恒顺众生) mean basically, and how do we practise it in daily life? It seems difficult, especially when dealing with children. Answer: In terms of complying, this is to go with the...

How Should All Aspiring For Buddhahood Eat And Drink?

Oct. 9 | (An Introduction To Maha-Veganism 大乘净素) 不听食肉, 应观是食, 如子肉想。 夫食肉者, 断大悲种。 – 释迦牟尼佛《大般涅槃经》 Not heeding eating of meat, one should contemplate this eating, as one’s own...

Should We Kill Many Others To Protect Ourselves?

Sep. 23 | Thinking, ‘As am I so are others, as are others so am I’, harm none nor have them harmed. – Sakyamuni Buddha (Sutta Nipata 705) For protecting humans upon complaints, does the searching for destroying of animal ‘pests’, such...

Verse On Complete Precepts

Sep. 13 | 受具足戒, 当愿众生, 具诸方便, 得最胜法。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第26偈) [When] receiving [the] complete precepts,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [be] complete [with] all expedient means,** ...

Verse On Behaviour

Aug. 18 | 受阇梨教, 当愿众生, 具足威仪, 所行真实。 – 文殊菩萨    (华严经: 净行品11: 第24偈) When receiving acharyas’* teachings [of precepts], [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [be] complete [with] excellent...