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What Is Love Under ‘A Full Bright Moon’?

Apr. 25 | Great Master Hongyi’s (弘一大师) ex-wife was reluctant to let go of him, and was puzzled by the nature of love. She thus asked him – ‘Please tell me, what is love?’ (请告诉我,什么叫爱?) If she really loved him, how could she let...

Better Without An Itch Than To Scratch One

Apr. 13 | If you scratch an itch, it feel good, but it feels even better not to have an itch at all. So too, one is happy in obtaining worldly desires, but there is greater happiness in having no desires at all. – Precious Garland Of Advice To A King (Verse 169) ...

A Buddhist Retells The Myth Of Orpheus & Eurydice

Mar. 8 | 爱不重, 不生娑婆。 念不一, 不生极乐。 – 杨次公 (宋) (If greedy) attachment is not heavy, there will not be birth in this Saha World. If mindfulness (of Amituofo) is not wholehearted, there will not be birth in (his Pure Land...

Verse On Sorrow

Jan. 24 | 见无忧林, 当愿众生, 永离贪爱, 不生忧怖。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第76偈) Seeing groves [with trees named] ‘without sorrow’,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, forever depart [from] greedy attachment, [to]...

Verse On Gardens

Jan. 17 | 见修园圃, 当愿众生, 五欲圃中, 耘除爱草。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第75偈) Seeing cultivation of garden plots, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, within the five desires’* garden, weed [to] eradicate...

How To Appreciate Blooming & Withering Peonies

Dec. 13 | 色不异空; 空不异色; 色即是空; 空即是色。 – 观世音菩萨 (心经) Form is not different from emptiness; emptiness is not different from form; form is the same as emptiness; emptiness is the same as form. – Guanshiyin...

Should Buddhists Play Matchmakers?

Sep. 13 | Question: Is it alright to matchmake good friends who are good in character? Answer: It does not accord with a Bodhisattva Precept in the Brahma Net Sutra to do matchmaking – as it facilitates the perpetuation of Samsara by encouraging attachment....

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...

How Attachment To Fame & Wealth Harms

Jun. 2 | Though you become famous and many bow to you, And you gain riches to equal Vaishravana’s [a wealth deity], See that worldly fortune is without essence, And be unconceited – This is the practice of bodhisattvas. – 37 Practices Of Bodhisattvas:...

Be A Perfect Mirror

May. 27 | A good mirror helps us to see things as they are. A poor mirror ‘helps’ us to distort things from what they are. – Stonepeace | Books Enlightened minds work like perfect mirrors. What encountered is simply reflected as they are, without...

When You See Someone Dressed Just Like You

May. 18 | Do you ever notice that when you’re driving… Everyone going slower than you is an idiot… Everyone driving faster than you is a maniac? – Simple Town Comic In ‘Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time)‘, he shared this joke – ‘One...

Of Sumeru, Moon & Sutras

May. 18 | To the truly foolish, the wise are foolish. To the truly wise, the foolish are foolish. – Stonepeace | Books XI I see a lot of silly folks who claim their own small spine’s Sumeru, the sacred mountain that supports the world.* Piss ants, gnawing...

What Is There To Hold On?

May. 11 | To think you can ‘have and hold’ the worldly is to ‘have and hold’ delusion. – Stonepeace | Books Once, when the Layman was on his way to sell his bamboo baskets, he stumbled and fell while crossing over a bridge. When Ling-chao...

From Ordinary To Enlightened Love

Mar. 22 | The path to full enlightenment is to learn how to love all beings fully, with full compassion and wisdom. – Stonepeace | Books Ordinary love is based and mixed with attachment. Like other afflicted emotions, attachment is based not on reality but...

How To Help One Who ‘Lets Go’ Too Much?

Jan. 5 | Question: Letting go of attachment is good, but I am disturbed by how a family member developed the habit of throwing away things, which include family items in a brutal and self-righteous way. Surely this is not how Buddhism teaches letting go? The...
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