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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...

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,...

Eat Poo-Poo!

Nov. 10 | Welcome any tests by others with good will, but test not others with ill spirit. – Stonepeace | Books Kyabje Khunu Lama Rinpoche told His Holiness the Dalai Lama that one time, somebody was sitting meditating outside Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Someone...

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? –...

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...

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...

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...

We Are All Passing Travellers

Sep. 6 | As we merely passing by here, what matters is what we leave behind – in terms of our words and deeds. – Stonepeace | Books Master Han Shan was one of the four great masters of the late Ming dynasty. Once, while travelling, he lost his way and...

6 Reflections On Departure From ‘Buddhist’ Cults

Aug. 30 | Swiftly avoid evil yourself. Swiftly do good yourself. Swiftly purify yourself. – Stonepeace | Books [1] Question: Ironically, the constant reminder not to slander the ‘Dharma’ and ‘Dharma teachers’ is why many in cults do...

Be The Master Of Yourself

Aug. 18 | We choose which version of ourselves to be in each and every moment. – Stonepeace | Books The Zen Master Shiyan seated on a stone in meditation often conversed with himself. ‘Master!’ he called to self. ‘Uh!’ self replied. ...

Be Responsible To Criticize Well

Aug. 9 | The truly kinder and wiser correct the truly deluded, to be truly kinder and wiser. – Stonepeace | Books If one presents the teachings clearly, others benefit. But if someone is supposed to propagate the Dharma and their behavior is harmful, it...

What Do You Allow To Pull Your Strings?

Aug. 2 | Recognising our fetters is the first step towards being as free as we want to be. – Stonepeace | Books Fa Yan, one of the masters of the Lingji sect of the Zen school of the Song dynasty told his pupils a story that went: ‘As a monk, I entered...

Your Money Or Your Self?

Jul. 24 | That which is true can never be lost. That which is lost can never be true. – Stonepeace | Books Once, when Sakyamuni Buddha was meditating in a forest, he heard, from a distance, the laughter of a young woman. A little later, he saw her hurrying...

Where Are The 17 Arhats?

Jul. 13 | Sudden windfalls seldom bring about sudden happiness; bringing sudden unrest instead.  – Stonepeace | Books A peasant dug up a very valuable golden statue of an Arhat from a hill. When his friends learned of the discovery, they rushed to congratulate...