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How To Neither Meet Nor Become Mara!

Nov. 10 | All beings need to conquer their inner Maras – including all outer Maras themselves! – Stonepeace | Books Is Mara (the evil one) immortal? Well, as Mara is a heavenly demon with much good (positive) yet abused karma, he lives...

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...

How To Prevent Slander Of The Buddha, Dharma & Sangha

Oct. 18 | A half-truth is a half-lie too. An already whole truth with additions  to that extent makes it a lie too.   – Stonepeace | Books In the Abhasita Sutta (Discourse On What Was Not Said), Sakyamuni Buddha said,  ‘… [T]hese two slander...

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. –...

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]...

Why You Should Master The Pure Land Teachings Now

Sep. 6 | 若有众生, 闻是说者, 应当发愿, 生彼国土。 – 阿弥陀经 (释迦牟尼佛) If there are [sentient] beings who hear this [teaching], they should vow [aspire] to be born in that [Pure] Land. – Amitā[bha] Sūtra (Śākyamuni...

Does Good Triumph Over Evil?

Aug. 30 | But he who has abandoned greed, hatred and delusion, is no longer Māra’s prisoner; he is freed from Māra’s snares, no longer subject to the Evil One’s will and pleasure. – The Buddha (Itivuttaka 68) Will good triumph over evil? Or does evil...

Why Should I Help Anyone At All?

Aug. 18 | May all beings give rise to Bodhicitta – that most noble spiritual aspiration to guide oneself and all other beings to the same goal of Buddhahood. – Stonepeace | Books Why even do anything to help anyone at all, since immeasurable Buddhas and...

Why Denounce Precept-Breaking ‘Buddhist Teachers’?

Aug. 9 | 吾般涅槃后, 汝等当恭敬, 波罗提木叉, 即是汝大师。 –《佛所行赞》 (马鸣菩萨著) After my Parinirvāṇa [i.e. of Śākyamuni Buddha], you and others should have reverent respect, for the Prātimokṣa [i.e....

10 Stonepeace Verses On Good, Evil & Purity

Aug. 2 | 诸恶莫作, 众善奉行, 自净其意, 是诸佛教。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (法句经, 第183偈) All evil should not to be done, [And] all good should be practised, [With] self-purification of your minds, [As] these are all Buddhas’...

Love Not Terrorism But Hate Not Terrorists

Jul. 24 | ‘He abused me, he struck me,  he overpowered me, he robbed me.’  Those who do not harbour such thoughts  still their hatred. – The Buddha (Dhammapada) Someone quipped this on our post-truth era, ‘We used to laugh at comedians...

How To Spiritualise The Worldly Five Desires

Jul. 13 | What cannot be rid of immediately should be transformed immediately, so as to be rid of eventually. – Stonepeace | Books As beings in the Desire Sphere (欲界), we are all with the Five Desires (五欲), for pleasing sights (色), sounds (声), smells...

Will We Face Obstacles During Buddhist Practice?

Jul. 5 | It is not that we have to be free of obstacles to practise the Dharma, but that we practise the Dharma to be free of obstacles. – Stonepeace | Books There is a popular notion that obstacles are frequent when attending Dharma assemblies for retreats,...

Should Buddhism Focus On Humans Only?

Jun. 28 | The good qualities of humanity are the basis for human beings, to evolve as humane qualities for benefiting all sentient beings. – Stonepeace | Books The whole of Buddhism is simply the Buddha’s teachings in all their expressions collectively,...

Are All In ‘Monastic’ Robes Beyond Question?

Jun. 9 | As featured in July 2017 issue of ‘For You Information’ (佛友资讯) (An Answer With Eight Bodhisattva Precepts) It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain.  Uncertainty has arisen in you about what is doubtful. –...