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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...

Taste Flavours As They Are

Jul. 5 | If experiences are experienced as they are; not as what we want them to be, they will be very different experiences – of truth itself, in its different manifestations. – Stonepeace | Books The great Chinese monk Master Hong Yi (1879-1942) had a...

How To (Not) See The Attractive?

Jun. 28 | It is not so much of what you see but more of how you see that decides what is seen. – Stonepeace | Books A Zen master asked his disciples: ‘How should you confront feminine [or masculine] attraction?’ The first disciple replied: ‘I...

Oceanography, Meteorology, Astronomy, Swimology

Jun. 13 | Even much accurate theory that is yet to be practised is yet to be practical. – Stonepeace | Books There was a Professor taking a sea voyage in a little boat and one night he goes up to the old sailor and says, “Hey old man, what do you know about...