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Better Without An Itch Than To Scratch One

Apr. 13 | If you scratch an itch, it feel good, but it feels even better not to have an itch at all. So too, one is happy in obtaining worldly desires, but there is greater happiness in having no desires at all. – Precious Garland Of Advice To A King (Verse 169) ...

Can One Be Addicted To Buddhism?

Apr. 13 | Question: Some say religion, including Buddhism, can lead to indulgence or addiction. Or if put in a condescending way, lead to fanaticism. How should I respond? Answer: (As we cannot speak for all who respond in various ways to various religions,...

Commitment Issues In ‘Café Society’

Apr. 13 | Why commit to another love interest if already committed to another? Was the first commitment not genuine then, and thus meaningless? If there was meaningless commitment for the first case, what makes one sure that the second case has genuine commitment? If...

True Haiku

Apr. 7 | Those truly true to themselves, will be truly true to all.

Verses On Adornment

Apr. 7 | 见严饰人,当愿众生, 三十二相,以为严好。 见无严饰,当愿众生, 舍诸饰好,具头陀行。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第78-79偈) Seeing magnificently adorned persons, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [have...

A Buddhist Retells The Myth Of Sisyphus

Apr. 7 | If it is meaningless to be trapped in birth and death, what meaningful would be to seek liberation from birth and death. [to be continued…] – Stonepeace | Books In the Greek myth of Sisyphus, he was supposedly the ‘wisest’ of humans,...

Some Karmic Causes For Our Suffering

Apr. 7 | Attachment, anger, confusion [greed, hatred (aversion), delusion (ignorance)] and the karma that arises from them are non-virtuous. Non-attachment, non-anger, non-confusion, and the karmas that arise from them are virtuous. – Precious Garland Of...

Does Aversion At Buddha Images Create Negative Karma?

Apr. 7 | Question: When I visited a temple, the Buddha statue there seemed to stir up some aversion in me, as its face did not look peaceful or compassionate to me. Does this feeling create negative karma? The fierce statues of Dharma Protectors do not give...

Extreme Decisions For ‘Extremis’ Situations?

Apr. 7 | ‘Extremis’ is a documentary on the tough decisions that family members have to make in extremely difficult situations, near moments of potential death of their loved ones. Medical personnel are also shown to face much challenge when explaining...
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