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‘A Land Imagined’ With Labour & Loss?

May. 8 | What makes a country what it is physically? If it is the land itself, what if it is being expanded upon by reclaiming land, with sand from other countries? Being one of the world’s largest sand importer, if Singapore’s millions of tons of...

How Does Karmic Retribution Exact Itself?

Mar. 27 | Question: How is karmic retribution able to be so exact after many lifetimes? For example, how is it that ‘enemies [tend to meet on a] narrow path’ (冤家路窄)? Answer: As the workings of the law of karma operate at an unseen level until...

What Does ‘Tathāgata’ Mean?

Dec. 12 | Question: What is the meaning of ‘Tathāgata’? Answer: ‘Tathāgata’ is Sanskrit for ‘Thus Come One’ (如来), which means ‘as if came; also as if gone’. This is an alternative term for addressing Buddhas....

How The Buddha Is Gone Yet Not Gone For Good 佛陀如何如去亦不去

Oct. 4 | 吾今来此世界八千返, 为此娑婆世界, 坐金刚华光王座。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《梵网经菩萨戒本》 I now [have] come [to] this world [for the] eight thousandth return, for this Sahā World[‘s sentient beings], sitting...

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...

Who Did You Bury In Your Past Lives?

Jun. 2 | The Bodhisattva path seeks to create pure connections between all sentient beings with the pure Triple Gem. – Stonepeace | Books Once upon a time, as two loved each other very much, they soon arranged to be married. However, when the day arrived,...

Do Buddhas & Bodhisattvas Only Help Those Faithfully Mindful Of Them?

Aug. 24 | Question: Is it such that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas only help those who are mindful of them, who pray to them for help with sincere faith? Answer: Having perfect compassion and skilful means, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas also help those who are not mindful...

An Often Hungry Arhat Meets A Well Fed Elephant

Feb. 14 | 愿消三障诸烦恼, 愿得智慧增福报。 普愿罪障悉消除, 世世常行菩萨道。 May all afflictions from the three hindrances* be eradicated. May all attain wisdom and increase in blessed rewards. May hindrances from transgressions...

Should First Impressions Last?

Jan. 30 | Knowing beings tend to cling to first impressions, Bodhisattvas strive to create good impressions, so as to better benefit them with the Dharma. – Stonepeace If you visit a restaurant for the very first time, and the food happens to be not great,...

The Unseen Power Of Karmic Affinities

Jan. 10 | Just as a positive karmic affinity can be rendered negative unmindfully, a negative karmic affinity can be rendered positive mindfully. – Stonepeace One day, when the Buddha entered a village with his assistant Ananda, he approached a poor woman...

A Buddhist Vision Of ‘The Child’s Eye’

Oct. 12 | Before watching ‘The Child’s Eye’ in 3D, I wondered if the horror movie will be all the more horrible with a literally additional dimension…, which also led me to wonder what is the true source of horror. As Stonepeace put it, The...

Changing Karmic Affinities

Jan. 27 | We can never truly lose any ‘thing’, while our present karmic affinities with people, places, matters, objects and qualities change. [If so, why not change negative affinities to be positive ones, and change positive affinities to be pure...
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