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Verses On Joy & Suffering

Mar. 8 | 见欢乐人,当愿众生, 常得安乐,乐供养佛。 见苦恼人,当愿众生, 获根本智,灭除众苦。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第82-83偈) Seeing those who are joyful, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, always...

A Buddhist Retells The Myth Of Orpheus & Eurydice

Mar. 8 | 爱不重, 不生娑婆。 念不一, 不生极乐。 – 杨次公 (宋) (If greedy) attachment is not heavy, there will not be birth in this Saha World. If mindfulness (of Amituofo) is not wholehearted, there will not be birth in (his Pure Land...

All Great Trees Were Once Small Seeds

Mar. 8 | Since all good and evil start small, may all nurture even minor good, and never nurture even minor evil. – Stonepeace | Books … [Sakyamuni Buddha said,] ‘Have you ever seen the seed of a nigrodha tree?’ [The Brahmin replied], ‘Of...

Why Are Plants Non-Sentient?

Mar. 8 | Question: If plants are also living things, why do they not have consciousnesses, like humans, animals and such? Answer: This question is similar to asking – ‘If apples are also fruits, why do they not taste like oranges?’ The answer...

What Would Push You To Make ‘The Push’?

Mar. 8 | ‘The Push’ is a reality TV documentary by the mentalist Derren Brown. For choosing its ‘participants’, he shortlists, through an experiment, those who are especially socially compliant, without question. They are then put through...

Beware Of Anti-Dharma Slander

Mar. 6 | [Do See All 42 Posts] Recently, there is clearly unfounded online slander via a SINGLE source (directly or indirectly) using some fake names, with unknown background, upon one of our editors. This page archives all corrective responses. Note too, that...

Introduction To Buddhist Perspectives On Death & Dying

Mar. 6 | Feedback: ‘Brother Shi’an, thank you for your enlightening talk this evening. It was certainly the most engaging talk we’ve had in a while… Thank you so much once again, and we are looking forward to having you with us again soon!’...

Significance Haiku

Mar. 2 | Make a significant point or even a few major points, or this life would be pointless.

Strange Wonder

Mar. 2 | 奇哉!奇哉! 此诸众生云何具有 如來智慧,愚痴迷惑, 不知不见? 我当教圣道, 令其永离妄想执着, 自于身中得见 如來广大智慧与佛无异。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (华严经) Strangely wonderful! Strangely...

Is Life With Perfect Order Or Total Chaos?

Mar. 2 | Within chaos is  less apparent order. Within order is no chaos at all. – Stonepeace | Books Is every single experience in life part of some master plan, designed to lead us to some predetermined destiny? Romantic optimists and disillusioned pessimists...

Mindfulness Of Buddha Is A Must For Buddhahood

Mar. 2 | With bad advisors forever left behind, From paths of evil he departs for eternity, Soon to see the Buddha of Limitless Light, And perfect Samantabhadra’s Supreme Vows. – Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (The Vows Of Samantabhadra) Buddha Sakyamuni taught...

Letter To A Buddhist Centre For Kinder Offerings

Mar. 2 | Hello Venerable Sirs & Committee Members,  It would be great if we can encourage all to make and take vegan meal offerings (free of meat and other animal products, as they all come from continual animal exploitation and eventual killing) on major...

Beyond ‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’

Mar. 2 | This documentary (2017) features how one famous comedian Jim Carrey portrayed another famed comedian – Andy Kaufman (1949-1984) in the latter’s biopic – ‘Man On The Moon’ (1999). What intriguing is that Jim attempted to do what...
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