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Should Buddhists Worry About End Of The World?

Dec. 31 | Question: What does Buddhism say about the end of the world? Answer: As Buddhism speaks of the whole universe, with many planets and such, its teachings are not merely earth-centric. Since nothing physical in Saṃsāra (i.e. cycle of rebirth)...

Is ‘The Devil Next Door’? 

Dec. 30 | TDND is a documentary series on the case of Ivan Mykolaiovych Demjanjuk, who lived as an ordinary family man, about whether he was truly ‘Ivan the Terrible’, the nickname given to a notoriously cruel guard at the Treblinka extermination...

Respite Haiku

Dec. 28 | Wellness is ever shorter respitebefore ever longer sickness,before ending in (re)death.(Swiftly live life well now then.)  

Bird Of A Feather

Dec. 27 | 世间人民不念修善,转相教令共为众恶。两舌、恶口、妄言、绮语、谗贼、斗乱,憎嫉善人、败坏贤明,于傍快喜。— 释迦牟尼佛《无量寿经》The world’s people not mindful of cultivating good,...

How Egg-Bearing & Meat Chickens & Chicks Suffer

Dec. 26 | Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends. — George Bernard Shaw As summarised from PETA’s sites below: 13 Ways Chickens & Chicks Suffer   [1] More than 300 million chickens abused annually for their eggs...

Do People Swarm To You Or Shun You?

Dec. 25 | If there is always affinityor the lack of it,we might as well createonly good affinity.— Shilashanti Once Sakyamuni Buddha and his disciple Mahamaudgalyayana went with a large gathering of followers to another country to convert living beings....

Four Queries On Buddhist Images & Ancestral Tablets

Dec. 24 | [1] Is It Inauspicious To Keep A Damaged Buddhist Image? Question: Is it inauspicious to keep a Buddha or Bodhisattva image with a defect, such as a missing finger at home? Answer: The defect is but a reminder of neglect, that it should...

Is There A ‘Dark Phoenix’ In You?

Dec. 23 | ‘Dark Phoenix’ is the tale of Jean Grey’s existential crisis. As she asks, ‘Who are we? Are we simply what others want us to be? Are we destined to a fate beyond our control? Or can we evolve, become something more?‘...

Poison Haiku

Dec. 21 | As what truly harmful are the Three Poisons,* do not poison.** As what truly harmful are the Three Poisons, do not be poisoned.*** * of greed, hatred and delusion ** to harm others *** to harm oneself 

Self-Deceit Before Other-Deceit

Dec. 20 | 妄语之人,先自诳身,然后诳人; 以实为虛,以虛为实,虛实颠倒,不受善法。 譬如覆瓶,水不得入。妄语之人,心无惭愧,闭塞天道、涅槃之门。 观知此罪,是故不作。   —...

How A Shocking Teaching Can Be True

Dec. 19 | [1] 为利杀众生,[2] 以财取诸肉, [3] 二俱是恶业,[4] 死堕叫唤狱。 — 释迦牟尼佛《大乘入楞伽经断食肉品第八》第六偈 [1] For profit killing sentient beings,[2] with wealth obtaining much meat,[3] both...

Increasing Mindfulness Without Morality Can Be Dangerous

Dec. 18 | Without the right motivationtowards the right goal, anything in between might be wrong. – Shilashanti As noted by Matthieu Ricard, a French Buddhist monk, ‘There can be mindful snipers and mindful psychopaths who maintain a calm and stable...

Is Cultured Meat Considered Vegetarian Or Vegan?

Dec. 17 | Question: A documentary describes how chicken nuggets can be cultured from chicken feathers. Is such food considered vegetarian or vegan?Answer: The starter product as feather cells is vegetarian, as it is not meat, but the end product is meat....

What Most ‘Complicated’ About ‘Singapore Social’

Dec. 16 | There is a kind of relationship sometimes labelled as ‘complicated’ or ‘complex’ due to its ambiguous nature. It is sometimes the ‘open’ or ‘semi-open’ kind. Beyond mere friendship, there is some sense...

Honour Haiku

Dec. 14 | The truly honourable are so,even when facing the truly dishonourable.
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