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Should I Report A ‘Minor’ Wrong Or Not?

Apr. 19 | Question: I saw a bus driver using his phone while driving. If I were to report him, he may lose his job, but if I kept quiet, it might cause a future accident that harms the commuters. It seems like a ‘minor’ wrong, but it could lead to...

Vengeance ‘In A Valley Of Violence’

Feb. 22 | The valley of violence offers a realistic study of vengeance, on the implications of taking it up and not. A wanderer enters a salon, simply seeking a break from his travels. However, he karmically (of course!) encounters the town bully. Sensing trouble,...

How Asanga Urged Vasubandhu To Be A Bodhisattva Too

Apr. 6 | To slander the Mahayana teachings is to speak against the path to Buddhahood, to create obstacles for others to be Buddhas, to create causes for oneself to be reborn wretched. – Anonone Asanga [Bodhisattva], teacher of the Law [Buddhadharma: teachings...

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...

One Dharma

Feb. 4 | 是诸世尊等, 皆说一乘法, 化无量众生, 令入于佛道。 All World-Honoured Ones [Buddhas], Each speak Dharma of the One Vehicle [Ekayana], To transform immeasurable sentient beings, For enabling entry of the Buddha path [to Buddhahood]. –...

Doing As Pleased

Jan. 27 | 随缘谓应众生 之缘而施教化, 非一切皆随便。 To ‘accord with conditions’ means to comply with sentient beings’ conditions for giving transformational teachings; not to ‘do as pleased’ for everything. –...

Why The Inconceivable Is Not The Impossible

Jan. 13 | The unbelievable is not always the improbable. The inconceivable is not always the impossible. (不可思议者不一定不可能。) – Stonepeace | Books Some Mahayana sutras might seem full of amazing imagery beyond ordinary perception, and...

The Dharma Nurtures Like Rain & Shine

Nov. 2 | To skilfully share the Dharma just as the Buddhas do is part of the path to Buddhahood. – Stonepeace | Books According to the Lotus Sutra, then, Buddhas possess a supramundane and transcendental, indefinite nature; they also respond and cater to...

The Silently Teaching Tears Of Compassion

Sep. 20 | Saying so much more than speaking many words is one timely act of kindness. – Stonepeace | Books … Ryokan’s sparse use or absence of words came from his lifelong practice of contemplation. An episode… beautifully illustrates Ryokan’s...

The Nightmare That Woke Me Up

Aug. 5 | As all need true compassion, have true compassion for all. – Stonepeace | Books I dreamt that we were at the void deck of an empty block of flats. There was a ceremony going on but I wasn’t sure what it was. A group of us were spectators,...

Utilisation

Jan. 26 | A skilled craftsman has no material to waste. A bright king has no attendant to dismiss. – Buddhist Saying Share This:

How Death Hinders Progress To Liberation

Apr. 20 | The thoroughly unenlightened manifest confused rebirths which further confuse themselves. – Stonepeace There is a phenomenon called ‘confusion from separation (from previous lives) by death’ (隔阴之迷), which is the forgetting of...

Why Are Buddhas Also Bodhisattvas?

Aug. 23 | Question: I’ve heard that Guanyin Bodhisattva is an ancient Buddha (‘Brightness of Right Dharma’ Buddha). Why must a Buddha return as a Bodhisattva to guide us? Is it such that a Buddha cannot guide us until he transforms into a Bodhisattva? Answer:...

Square Inside & Round Outside

Apr. 18 | 做人处事要内方而外圆, 内方就是原则, 外圆就是通达。 – 圣严法师 How should you conduct yourself and deal with others? Be ‘square inside’ – live by principle; and ’round outside’ –...

Can The Buddha Help All?

Mar. 7 | Question: The Buddha-to-be, when still  a Bodhisattva, once gave up his body to feed a starving tigress and her cubs. Was it out of compassion, or out of the knowledge that he would be reborn? There are many dying of hunger every day. Is the Buddha...