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‘Pottersville’ Or ‘The Town That Cried Bigfoot’

Jan. 1 | One night in a small and lifeless town, a slightly depressed and drunk man puts on a makeshift gorilla costume and rampages through it. He then awakens to news of a Bigfoot sighting in the neighbourhood. Embarrassed yet intrigued by the attention it...

[4] How To See The Suffering And Insufferable

Dec. 26 | Whenever I see beings who are wicked in nature, and overwhelmed by violent negative actions and suffering, I shall hold such rare ones dear, as if I had found a precious treasure. – Geshe Langri Tangpa Reflections On ‘The Eight Verses Of Thought...

‘The Kominsky Method’ Of Being Here

Dec. 26 | ‘The Kominsky Method’ is a bittersweet drama series on the challenges of two old friends growing older together, as they look out for each other while musing on life. Sandy Kominsky is an acting coach, who just lost a dear friend to sickness....

All Lies Of The ‘Allied’?

Dec. 19 | How can a spy truly love a spy? To make it more confounding, how can a very ‘good’ spy love another very ‘good’ spy? After all, a very good spy is also a very good actor. Such acting goes beyond a mere stage. Overflowing before...

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....

The (Mind-Only) Verses By Forest Of Awakening Bodhisattva 觉林菩萨偈

Dec. 11 | 心如工画师, 造种种五阴, 一切世间中, 无法而不造。 – 如来林菩萨 《华严经》夜摩宮菩萨说偈品第十六:唯心偈 [1] [The] mind [is] like [a] painter, [who] creates various kinds [of] Five Aggregates, [of]...

How To Not Be Reborn As Animals

Nov. 27 | The very shortsighted must learn to see much further. – Shilashanti The Kukkuravatika Sutta records how Puṇṇa (of the Koliyans), an ox-duty ascetic, and Seniya the naked dog-duty ascetic learnt the error of their ways through the Buddha. Prior...

How To Vanquish ‘The Darkness’?

Oct. 11 | ‘The Darkness’ is based on a ‘myth’ that Anasazi Indians bound demons to rocks hidden in underground caves. If removed, they will take the shape of a crow, snake, coyote, wolf and buffalo, before tricking and dragging children...

How Can We Handle Our Jealousy?

Sep. 13 | Spiritual cultivation is but the actualisation of our pure potential and deactivation of our defiled habits. – Shilashanti When we see those worse off, such as the very poor and sick, we usually genuinely wish that they be free from suffering, to be...

There Is No Need To Be Depressed

Sep. 13 | The Buddha’s first teaching was a message with the greatest hope –  telling us that all beings have Buddha-nature. – Shilashanti There is Buddha-nature in every sentient being‘s mind, no matter how many negative actions living beings...

What Truly Is ‘The Shining’?

Aug. 22 | ‘The Shining’ (1980) is classic mystery horror, perhaps due to it being somewhat scripted to be ambiguous? A man goes to an isolated hotel to be its winter caretaker. He hears about a previous caretaker, who seemed to have had a murderous...

The Top 10 Buddhist Assurances

Aug. 8 | Potential is there, yet as if ‘not there’, if never actualised. – Zhaojian [1] We Have Great Potential: We all have Buddha-nature, which is the perfect potential to become fully liberated and enlightened Buddhas, with True Happiness. This...

The Unalienation Of ‘The Alienist’

Jun. 6 | As the title card of ‘The Alienist’ informs, ‘In the 19th century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures. Experts who studied them were therefore known as alienists.’ Yes,...

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...

Existential Chats In ‘Café Society’

Apr. 19 | In ‘Café Society’ is discussion of some interesting existential issues. Bobby exclaims, ‘[W]hen the end’s near, you need something… I have to know that all this just doesn’t end… I need to believe that...
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