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Refuge Haiku

May. 15 | Find your refuge. Take your refuge. Be your refuge. Share This:

A Monk To A King On Listening To Good Advice

May. 15 | As skilful means, say the true, beneficial, and even possibly displeasing  only at appropriate times.  If a king acts in a way that contradicts the Dharma or does something that does not make sense, most of his subjects still praise him. Hence, it is...

‘Meet Joe Black’, Life & Death

May. 15 | Bill chats with Joe as they watch ephemeral fireworks burst into the night sky at a great party: Bill: It’s hard to let go, isn’t it? Joe: Yes, it is, Bill. Bill: Well, that’s life. Death personified had taken on Joe’s human form...

The Buddha’s Lay Disciple Foremost In Teaching The Dharma

May. 4 | (Importance Of Seeking Forgiveness From The Wronged) Should one person ignorantly do wrong And another ignorantly become angry (with him), Who would be at fault? And who would be without fault? – Shantideva (Guide To Bodhisattva’s Way Of Life) Citta...

The ‘Black Mirror’ That Reflects Darkness

May. 4 | One of, if not the most thought-provoking Netflix series is Black Mirror. What does the title refer to? It is what you are looking at now – the screen of your phone, computer or TV, that is black by default. The series explores how current and future...

Never Retaliate The Harmful With Anger

Apr. 25 | Do not be angry when others do harm, but realise that it is [the effect of] previous karma. Without causing any more suffering, eliminate your own faults. – Precious Garland Of Advice To A King (Verse 271) Arya Nagarjuna When others harm you, your...

What Is Love Under ‘A Full Bright Moon’?

Apr. 25 | Great Master Hongyi’s (弘一大师) ex-wife was reluctant to let go of him, and was puzzled by the nature of love. She thus asked him – ‘Please tell me, what is love?’ (请告诉我,什么叫爱?) If she really loved him, how could she let...

Blame Haiku

Apr. 19 | The Buddha too got wrongly blamed, what more us? Related Article: Fable Of The Father, Son & Donkey Share This:

Are You Ready To Face ‘Yourself’?

Apr. 19 | Why should you give up on yourself if you can always change yourself? [to be continued…] – Stonepeace | Books Do you wish to meet your doppelgänger (i.e. look-alike or double)? Well, be careful what you wish for… as these eight possibilities,...

How Does Buddhism Explain Natural Disasters?

Apr. 19 | Question: Why are some places affected by natural disasters, including some religious places? Answer: Of course, there are scientific reasons to explain them, based on natural processes. However, there are also human-made causes, making natural disasters...

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) ...

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...

I Don’t Wanna Be A Bodhisattva Or Buddha

Mar. 19 | Confession: I do not find it necessary to walk the Bodhisattva path to help others, as there are already countless Buddhas around. It does not make a difference if there is one less. Attaining self-liberation as an Arhat is enough for me. I do not see...

Why Are Plants Non-Sentient?

Mar. 8 | Question: If plants are also living things, why do they not have consciousnesses, like humans, animals and such? Answer: This question is similar to asking – ‘If apples are also fruits, why do they not taste like oranges?’ The answer...

Letter To A Buddhist Centre For Kinder Offerings

Mar. 2 | Hello Venerable Sirs & Committee Members,  It would be great if we can encourage all to make and take vegan meal offerings (free of meat and other animal products, as they all come from continual animal exploitation and eventual killing) on major...
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