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How To Appreciate Blooming & Withering Peonies

Dec. 13 | 色不异空; 空不异色; 色即是空; 空即是色。 – 观世音菩萨 (心经) Form is not different from emptiness; emptiness is not different from form; form is the same as emptiness; emptiness is the same as form. – Guanshiyin...

Should I ‘Lend’ Money To Strangers?

Dec. 7 | Give with generosity,  compassion and wisdom,  [to be continued below…] – Stonepeace | Books If a stranger wants to borrow a little money for a bus ride, should it be lent, though s/he might not return it? Would it be selfish not to lend, since...

Do You Desire For More Or Less Desires?

Nov. 29 | The greatest Bodhisattvas  have the greatest aspirations,  as motivated by great Bodhicitta, with vows to perfect their virtues  for the liberation of one and all.  – Stonepeace | Books As summarised from the Brahmana Sutta, the following...

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...