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How Accurate Are Buddhist Scriptures?

Jun. 18 | Question: How accurate are the Buddhist sutras, as documentation of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings? Answer: Not all texts claimed to be Buddhist ‘scriptures’ are true ‘teachings’ of the Buddha, for if it was so, simply naming...

‘Always Be My Maybe’ & Sorry?

Jun. 17 | In the pretentious restaurant’s scene, ‘Keanu Reeves’ (playing ‘himself’) asks, ‘May I ask, do you have any dishes that play with time, the concept of time?’ The waiter replies, ‘Ah! Yes, we have a meat...

Starter Haiku

Jun. 15 | Stop hoping and start fulfilling.

Five Poisons

Jun. 14 | The greedy, when overboard, will be deprived, when repented, will be content. The hateful, when overboard, will be loathed, when repented, will be accepted. The deluded, when overboard, will be confused, when repented, will be clear. The arrogant, when...

Do You Learn & Practise Buddhism Sincerely?

Jun. 13 | Sincerity is needed to master any worldly skill, much more spiritual skills. – Nowanden A Dharma friend shared that a mutual friend (who is an acquaintance), who used to sing Buddhist songs, had recently given up on Buddhism. My reply was this –...

How An Abandoned Parent Taught His Children

Jun. 12 | How good can one be if not repaying the kindness of those first kind to us? – Nowanden A certain affluent brahmin had four sons and he had given away half of his property to the sons when they got married. Later, when his wife died, his sons came and...

What Should ‘New’ House Owners Do?

Jun. 11 | Question: What should I do before entering my new apartment for the first time? Do I need to choose a day? Answer: No special dates are needed. When entering a ‘new’ house for the first time, the steps are similar to that of entering a hotel...

What Horror Stories Teach Us

Jun. 10 | All horror stories, fictitious or true, are tragedies. All tragedies are with suffering. All suffering is from the Three Poisons (of greed, hatred and delusion). To have unhappy endings, there must be no resolution. To have no resolution, there must be...

Departure Haiku

Jun. 8 | Since all have to depart, how you depart matters more than departure itself.

Grief Vs Joy

Jun. 7 |   The evil-doer grieves here and hereafter; he grieves in both the worlds. He laments and is afflicted, recollecting his own impure deeds. The doer of good rejoices here and hereafter; he rejoices in both the worlds. He rejoices and exults, recollecting...

I’m Taking A Ride With My Best Friend

Jun. 6 | It all seems so stupid, it makes me want to give up… – Shame: First half of chorus (Depeche Mode) The classic 1987 Depeche Mode concert anthem, ‘Never Let Me Down Again‘, is about a debatable ‘best friend’, who is taking...

The Three Fields As Spiritual Capacities

Jun. 5 | Plant the right seed well. Nurture the right way well. Bear the right fruit well. – Nowanden Once, Anathapindika, a millionaire who is the foremost benefactor of the dispensation [of monastics] asked the Buddha whether the Buddha is not compassionate...

Can Offerings Be Offered Again?

Jun. 4 | Question: Can offerings made to the Buddha(s) or Bodhisattva{s) at their shrines be made to the deceased? Answer: Yes, they can be re-offered as suggested, after reasonable time, such as the span of a meal. Although the food is not really eaten, it is...

‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ & The Dharma?

Jun. 3 | The KonMari Method is a technique to organise material stuff at home. Its first step is to heap especially clothes in one giant pile – to realise how much ‘more than enough’ one has. This creates motivation to declutter and to sort what...

Wellness Haiku

Jun. 1 | Worldly ‘wellness’ now is but a brief period before sickness or death returns. Spiritual wellness lasts for all time, ending all cyclical suffering.
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