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Doubt The Doubtful To Realise The Truthful

Jul. 11 | Be it with skepticism or faith in the Buddha’s teachings, the Buddha welcomes all to question them, all to question him. – Shilashanti Near the beginning of Śākyamuni Buddha’s life of extensive teaching, as recorded in the Kālāma Sutta,...

Why We Should Ask & Answer Dharma Queries Well

Jul. 4 | Ask well to be answered well. Ask better to be answered better. – Shilashanti In the last line of ‘[The] Twenty-Third [Light] Precept [Against] Arrogant [And] Biased Speaking [Of The Dharma]’ (第二十三憍慢僻说[轻]戒) in the ‘Brahmā...

Always Reflect On Your Thoughts, Words & Deeds

Jun. 27 | The Buddha: What is a mirror for? Rahula: For reflection, sir. The Buddha: … Actions are to be done with repeated reflection. – Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta As summarised from the second part of the Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta  (Discourse...

How To Sleep Well Like The Buddha

Jun. 20 | To always rest well, always live well when awake, without greed, hatred and delusion. – Shilashanti According to the Hatthaka Sutta, the Buddha was staying in a forest near Alavi, on a spread of leaves. Hatthaka, while walking around for exercise,...

Is Life Just A Lamp To Be Snuffed Out?

Jun. 6 | Just look at how the circuit of the universe returns upon itself. You will see that nothing in this cosmos is extinguished, but everything falls and rises and turns. – Seneca (Epistle 36.7-12) As written in Seneca’s Epistle 54, ‘Before...

How One Who Slighted None Attained Buddhahood

May. 24 | 此诸众生 云何具有 如來智慧, 愚痴迷惑, 不知不见? – 释迦牟尼佛 (华严经) [Of] all these sentient beings, why [are they] complete with [the] Tathāgatas’ wisdom, [yet] ignorant [and] confused, not knowing...

‘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...

Highlight: Was That Truly A Buddhist Teaching?

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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...

The Sūtras With Ultimate Compassion And Wisdom

Apr. 25 | 愿我命终时, 除灭诸障碍, 面见阿弥陀, 往生安乐国。 – 文殊师利菩萨 《文殊师利发愿经》 May I [Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva], when life [is] ending, eradicate all obstacles, [to] personally see Amitā[bha Buddha come...

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,...

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,...

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,...

10 Reflections On Repentance

Mar. 28 | 我昔所造诸恶业, 皆由无始贪嗔痴, 从身语意之所生, 一切我今皆忏悔。 – 普贤菩萨 (华严经普贤行愿品) Of all my past created evil karma, all by beginningless greed, anger and delusion, from my body, speech...

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...
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