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Are All In ‘Monastic’ Robes Beyond Question?

Jun. 9 | (An Answer With Eight Bodhisattva Precepts) It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain.  Uncertainty has arisen in you about what is doubtful. – Sakyamuni Buddha   (Kalama Sutta) There is a common misperception that no one wearing...

Who Should We Learn The Dharma From?

May. 5 | 依本师所说, 依祖师所解, 依佛言祖语, 依法不依人。 Rely on what our fundamental teacher Sakyamuni Buddha taught. Rely on what the [Pure Land] Patriarchs accordingly explained. Rely on the Buddha’s words and the [13] Patriarchs’...

Liar Haiku

Apr. 27 | The worst liars are liars who lie about their lying. Share This:

How Does Knowing & Seeing Truth Differ?

Apr. 27 | Question: What are the differences between knowing and seeing truth? Answer: There are two kinds of truths – relative (conventional) truths and absolute (ultimate) truth. An article explaining the difference between these truths can be seen at...

How Should Dharma Teachers Protect Dharma Students?

Mar. 28 | Without names, so that timeless lessons can be universally learnt, the below is based on an actual incident. Case There was a public Dharma talk with many misconceptions shared. A teacher, having taken the reasonably calculated risk of recommending...

The Buddha Is All-Knowing

Dec. 21 | The severely deluded mistaken their knowing of a few things as being fully enlightened, to be knowing of everything. – Stonepeace | Books The King [Milinda] asked Nagasena again, ‘Does the Buddha know the things in the past, present and future?‘...

Short Haiku

Nov. 30 | Short but not exactly sweet or bitter – just as it is. Share This:

Verse On Contemplation

Oct. 28 | 若修于观, 当愿众生, 见如实理, 永无乖诤。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第32偈) If cultivating contemplation,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings see [the] principles [of] reality,** [and] forever [be]...

Where Are You Going? 

Oct. 28 | Do you know who you are, why you are going where, what you are going there for,  how you will get there, and when? – Stonepeace | Books Zen teachers train their young pupils to express themselves. Two Zen temples each had a child protégé. One child,...

Speculation Haiku

Oct. 19 | Speculate not on the Dharma; only specialise! Share This:

Verse On Bedding

Sep. 30 | 若敷床座, 当愿众生, 开敷善法, 见真实相。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第28偈) When spreading [upon] bedding, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [be] open [to and] spread good dharmas,* [and] see truths’...

Good Haiku

Jun. 15 | A good poem is good for all, not for one only. ___ A good poem is not vain, or it would be in vain. ___ A good poem is good for all time, not for one moment only. Share This:

Exact Haiku

Apr. 6 | Be exact or miss the point Share This:

Verse On Rising Up

Mar. 2 | 上升楼阁, 当愿众生, 升正法楼, 彻见一切。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品11: 第8偈) When rising up in towers, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, rise in the tower of true Dharma,* [to] thoroughly see all [truths].’** –...

Verse On Adornment

Feb. 24 | 着璎珞时, 当愿众生, 舍诸伪饰, 到真实处。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第7偈) When wearing [a] necklace, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, renounce all false adornments,* [and] reach the abode of truth.’** –...