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All Sentient Beings Love Their Lives

Dec. 13 | As all love their own eyes,  So too they love their young.  The love for one’s own life is endless.  Therefore, one should never kill sentient beings. – Śākyamuni Buddha  (Sūtra of Accepting the Ten Good Karmas as Precepts 受十善经)  The...

Is Eating Vegan Meritorious?

Dec. 13 | Question: Why is eating vegan food meritorious? Answer: To be exact, eating by itself, of any food, is not exactly meritorious. It is the active choice of compassionate food in the first place, before consumption, that does not in/directly demand...

How To Lessen Suffering Of Animals

Dec. 7 | Even if the ideal is hard to reach, working towards the ideal is still more ideal than to not. – Stonepeace | Books I saw on TV that Australia was selling huge numbers of sheep and cows to Indonesia. They showed sheep all lined up, going to the slaughterhouse....

We, The ‘Well’, Are Dying Like The Sick Too

Nov. 29 | We are truly running out of time if we still do not realise  we are truly running out of time. – Stonepeace | Books It is extremely important to be able to help a dying person and, if you can, the dying person’s family as well. Like us,...

Which Buddha Should We Pay Homage To?

Nov. 29 | Question: Some ‘Buddhists’ have strong objection to the chanting of ‘(Namo) Amituofo’ (南无阿弥陀佛: [Homage to and refuge in life in] Amitabha Buddha), for personal practice, and even as a greeting. (This seems to be...

Why Are Some Buddhists Not Monastics Here & Now?

Oct. 31 | Though the problems below are not all’s views, they do reflect those faced by the idealistic, who wish for nothing but the best. Problem [1]: Perfect Teacher Sought Being with idealistic hopes to find a perfect(ionistic) monastic teacher, who...

Never Have Contempt At The Contemptuous

Oct. 31 | Since the mind is not physical, No one can ever destroy it. It is strongly attached to the body, And so it is harmed by physical suffering. Contempt, offensive speech, Ans unpleasant words Do not harm the body, Then why, mind, are you so angry? –...

Is It Possible To Fire With Compassion?

Oct. 31 | Question: As I hired an incompetent domestic helper via an incompetent agent, I technically fired the helper. But the agent asked for some holding on to the helper in name first, to facilitate her transfer without incurring more cost for both the agent...

Giving Alms On The Path Of The Ten Good Karmas

Oct. 18 | Giving to the needy, also gives up  what you do not need – miserliness. – Stonepeace | Books At that time the World-Honored One [i.e. Sakyamuni Buddha] told the dragon-king, [1] “Because Bodhisattvas quit killing and give alms [i.e practise...

What Are The Most Relevant & Lasting Buddhist Teachings?

Oct. 11 | 佛法如大海, 唯信能入, 唯智能度。 – 大智度论 (龙树菩萨) The Buddhadharma [Buddha’s teachings] is like a great ocean [profoundly deep and vast]: only by faith can it be entered, only by wisdom can it be crossed. –...

Rely Only On Those Superior In Morality & Understanding

Oct. 11 | People degenerate by relying on those inferior to themselves;  By relying on equals, they stay the same; By relying on those superior, they attain excellence; Thus rely on those who are superior to yourself. If you rely on whomever is superior – thoroughly...

Is A Meat-Buyer Also A ‘Meat-Eater’?

Oct. 11 | Question: When I dine with my family in the same restaurant, I will be having vegan food while they have meat dishes. As I pay for all, am I considered to have ‘eaten’ meat?  Answer: This is not considered (killing or) eating meat, but it...

Are You Waiting For Your ‘Guru’ To Find You?

Sep. 13 | 当来之世,经道灭尽, 我以慈悲哀愍,特留此经 ,止住百岁。 其有众生,值斯经者,随意所愿,皆可得度。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《无量寿经》 In the world of the future, when the paths of the sutras [to enlightenment]...

A Checklist For Bad Gurus (Spiritual Teachers)

Sep. 13 | Good students appreciate  being corrected of their mistakes as they are good students. Good teachers appreciate being corrected of their mistakes as they are also good students. – Stonepeace | Books If a fresh banana leaf is wrapped around a piece...

Should Buddhists Play Matchmakers?

Sep. 13 | Question: Is it alright to matchmake good friends who are good in character? Answer: It does not accord with a Bodhisattva Precept in the Brahma Net Sutra to do matchmaking – as it facilitates the perpetuation of Samsara by encouraging attachment....