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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...

Should I Bow Before All Buddha Images?

Sep. 12 |   Question: When we encounter Buddhist temples with many images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and/or Arhats, should we prostrate to all of them? Answer: There should at least be complete sets of prostrations before the central images in the main halls....

Be Inspired By Great Master ‘Xuan Zang’! | 观看《大唐玄奘》记

May. 27 | The biopic ‘Xuan Zang’ (大唐玄奘), which focuses on the life and times of Tripitaka Master Venerable Xuan Zang (602-664), reminds us of the tremendous challenges that ancient Chinese pilgrim monastics underwent, so as to retrieve the...

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...

Does Hearing Amituofo’s Name Lead To Buddhahood?

Nov. 26 | ‘… If there are those who already aspired [vowed], now aspire [vow], or will aspire [vow] to be born in Amitā[bha] Buddha’s land, all of them will attain [the Stage of] Non-Retrogression for realising Anuttarā Samyak Saṃbodhi...

How Are Amituofo’s 18th, 19th & 20th Vows Related?

Sep. 28 | Question: As Vow #18, #19 and #20 of Amituofo (Amitabha Buddha) seem somewhat similar yet different, can you compare and contrast them for better appreciation of their intricacies? Answer: The overall significance of these 3 great Vows is immeasurably...

Should I Make My Spiritual Vows Silently?

Jun. 5 | All Bodhisattvas openly proclaim their vows as they openly wish to benefit all with them. – Stonepeace | Books Is the making of spiritual vows (making aspirations: 发愿) humbly in silence more powerful than to say them aloud? Before answering...

The Monk With Practice Without Faith & Aspiration

Aug. 24 | One with true Faith in a goal will have true Aspiration to advance with true Practice to reach it.  – Stonepeace | Get Books During the Later Lê dynasty in Vietnam, there was a certain monk at the Temple of Light who diligently practiced Buddha...

How To See Impermanence Positively

Mar. 30 | Impermanence is not just about the end of all things, but their renewal too. – Stonepeace (Get Books) Having learnt about the truth of impermanence of all things material in this life, of the value of living with more contentment and less excesses,...

Does Chanting Attract Spirits?

Mar. 21 | Question: I heard some saying that chanting certain mantras or sutras attracts spirits (ghosts) as they also want to listen to the Dharma. Is there any truth in this? If so, does it really matter, especially if I sometimes chant at night? Answer: Some...

High Time To Transform Our Resolutions To Vows!

Jan. 27 | If we have stronger resolutions for the worldly, we have stronger aspirations for the samsaric. – Stonepeace Come spring, we often do spring-cleaning of our houses. But what about spring-cleaning our immediate homes too? Our minds, which shape our...

How To Be Inexhaustible Joyful Lamps Of The Dharma

Jan. 10 | All Buddhas only wish that all practise and share the Dharma well to benefit all. – Stonepeace According to the Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra, Mara (the most evil heavenly demon king from the Paranirmita-vashavartin heaven) once disguised as Sakra (the...

Can A Buddha Shrine Be Low?

Sep. 6 | Question: Can I use a hip height table or cupboard as a shrine for a Buddha image? Answer: It is alright if you and others around are comfortable with it. However, if possible, it should be placed higher, at least at eye level or above, as this facilitates...

The Path To Non-Retrogression Starts Now

Mar. 28 | You and all other beings, should have Faith in this ‘Sutra Praised For Its Inconceivable Merits, As Mindfully Protected By All Buddhas’. (汝等众生,当信是称赞不可思议功德,一切诸佛所护念经) – Amitabha Sutra...

A Great Bodhisattva Recommends A Great Place!

Oct. 20 | … When my life approaches its end, may all obstructions be fully eradicated, may I see Amitabha Buddha [Amituofo] in person, may I be instantly born in his World of Peace and Bliss [Pure Land]… These Samantabhadra’s supreme practices,...
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