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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...

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...

How Did Dharma Ceremonies Originate?

Aug. 30 | Question: Were there Dharma ceremonies (法会) in the Buddha’s time? If not, how did they arise? Answer: The original meaning of Dharma ceremonies is more accurately ‘Dharma assemblies’ – where people assemble to learn the Dharma....

The Most Reliable Buddhist Practice

May. 27 | 丛林以无事为兴盛, 修行以念佛为稳当。 – 百丈大智禅师   《丛林要则二十条》 [In a Buddhist] monastery, [it is] without matters* [that there] is [spiritual] prosperity. For cultivation of [Buddhist] practice, [it is...

‘This Is The End’ Of The ‘Line’?

May. 27 | The world suddenly becomes apocalyptically chaotic, as the good are beamed up to heaven directly, while the rest fend for themselves, often fighting one another. At first hanging out to party hedonistically with his more of less equally indulgent friends,...

Why Do Buddhists Say ‘Amituofo’ So Much?

May. 11 | 阿弥陀佛: 无量光佛; 无量寿佛; 无量之佛。 Amita Buddha [Amituofo] is the Buddha Of Immeasurable Light; Buddha Of Immeasurable Life; Buddha of Immeasurability. On many occasions, Chinese Buddhists often say ‘Amituofo’ (阿弥陀佛),...

How To Explain, End And Prevent Mass Hysteria?

Nov. 30 | Individuals’ delusions can lead to collective confusion. Individuals’ clarifications can lead to collective illuminations. – Stonepeace | Books Mass hysteria is sometimes the expression of collective obsessive behavior – due to group...

We Are Still Buddhists, Not Yet Buddhas!

Oct. 24 | Just as it is swiftest to master a worldly skill by enrolling in a good school  to learn from a good teacher, it is swiftest to master the transcendental skills to Buddhahood by entering the most recommended [Sukavati] Pure Land to learn from the best...

Does Chanting Lead To Seeing Of Spirits?

Sep. 23 | Question: Someone said he sees more spirits (ghost beings) when he chants. Is this supposed to happen? If chanting attracts spirits, is it good for us? Answer: If what said is true, why this happened depends on what is chanted, where and when it was...

Countdown Haiku

Aug. 24 | Make this life countdown to the greatest school ever – Amituofo’s land! Share This:

Why Do Buddhists Avoid Meat-Eating & Practise Animal Liberation?

Jun. 1 | (The Bodhisattva Precepts On Going Vegetarian & Releasing Lives) How does one keep wishing all beings to be well and happy while eating many of them? –  Anonone To answer the titled question, let us look at five interconnected Bodhisattva...

What If You Can Fulfil ‘Absolutely Anything’?

May. 18 | Sampled by ‘superior’ aliens, Neil is lent the power to wish absolutely anything to reality. It was a test to see if humans know good from evil, to deserve life as usual, or to be destroyed – if deemed too stupid and dangerous to the rest...

An Imperfect Student Seeks A Perfect Teacher

May. 18 | As it is with perfectionism that we become perfect, why compromise on it? – Stonepeace | Books [1] Stages Of Seeking A Perfect Teacher (i) No Teacher: Before discovery of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings, the student had no true spiritual teacher, as...