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The Unalienation Of ‘The Alienist’

Jun. 6 | As the title card of ‘The Alienist’ informs, ‘In the 19th century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures. Experts who studied them were therefore known as alienists.’ Yes,...

How To Send Off Unexpected Ghostly Guests

May. 24 | Question: There is an unexpected guest at home – a ‘man’ in olden Chinese attire. Please advise. Answer: Note that those dressed in traditional clothes might not be from ancient times as some modern folks are changed to similar clothes...

‘Toc Toc’, OCD OCD…

May. 24 | ‘Toc Toc’ is a lighthearted take on the serious issue of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). While offering humour, it also offers much needed hope. A band of strangers scheduled for group therapy decide to ‘make the group the doctor’...

‘The Week Of’ Expectation Vs Encouragement?

May. 15 | When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search For Meaning) In the movie ‘The Week Of’, Isaac the boy had to sit on a bench when his baseball coach ushered the...

Does Staff Retrenchment Create Bad Karma?

May. 15 | Question: If higher management requires reorganisation by retrenchment of workers, will I create negative karma by being part of the decision-making? Answer: Realistically, the company does not owe the staff a living. So, as the bosses decide, if some...

The Girl Who Ate Too Many Lollipops

May. 4 | The law of karma affects all, positively and negatively, according to that done, especially negatively for those who think it does not affect them. – Stonepeace | Books The girl had a short-sighted view of cause and effect. Lollipops eaten now were...

Will I Create Negative Karma By Not Being A Guarantor To Help?

May. 4 | Question: Will I create negative karma by not being a relative’s guarantor for buying a house? As he has a high rolling credit card debt, I am worried that the loan might not be serviceable. Answer: You will need to consider carefully if being...

Verses On Looks

Apr. 19 | 见端正人,当愿众生, 于佛菩萨,常生净信。 见丑陋人,当愿众生, 于不善事,不生乐著。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第86-87偈) Seeing proper-looking persons, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, in...

Existential Chats In ‘Café Society’

Apr. 19 | In ‘Café Society’ is discussion of some interesting existential issues. Bobby exclaims, ‘[W]hen the end’s near, you need something… I have to know that all this just doesn’t end… I need to believe that...

Verses On Sickness

Apr. 13 | 见无病人,当愿众生, 入真实慧,永无病恼。 见疾病人,当愿众生, 知身空寂,离乖诤法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第84-85偈) Seeing persons without sickness, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, enter...

Craving To Have King Midas’ Golden Touch?

Apr. 13 | All that glisters is not gold— Often have you heard that told. Many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold. Gilded tombs do worms enfold. – The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare) In the Greek myth of King Midas’ golden touch,...

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,...

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,...

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...

Complex Haiku

Mar. 28 | Nothing is more complex than simplification. Share This:
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