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Verse On Dharma Kings & Princes

Jul. 4 | 若见于王,当愿众生, 得为法王,恒转正法。 若见王子,当愿众生, 从法化生,而为佛子。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第98-99偈) If seeing kings, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain as Dharma...

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...

What To Chant Before Buddha & Bodhisattva Images?

Mar. 28 | Question: What should I chant if I wish to pay respects before images of different Buddhas (e.g. Medicine Buddha) and Bodhisattvas (e.g. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva)? I only know how to chant ‘Amituofo’ (Amitabha Buddha; 阿弥陀佛).  Answer: If...

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...

How Does The Buddha Look Like?

Jul. 20 | Question: Who created the first physical depiction of the Buddha’s image? How did he or she know how the Buddha looked like? Answer: It is said that in the Buddha’s time, there was an image made of him during his short absence, to serve as...

Do Buddhas Help Many All The Time?

May. 8 | Question: In this part of the universe alone, there are already billions of sentient beings. Do Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have the ability to manifest multiples forms simultaneously to guide them with the Dharma, including to, for example, Amituofo’s...

‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ After Clarification!

Apr. 6 | Don’t be distracted by the powers of Superman versus the hi-tech weapons of Batman… for this is mostly a tale of super miscommunication, or rather, lack of communication. In one corner is Superman, a ‘god-like’ figure so powerful...

How Are Arhats, Bodhisattvas, Pratyekabuddhas And Buddhas Different?

Feb. 17 | Question: How is the enlightenment of Arhats different from Buddhas’? What about that of Bodhisattvas and Pratyekabuddhas? Answer: The enlightenment of Arhats can be called self-liberation – from the cycle of birth and death. Self-liberation...

How Do I Handle An Abusive Spouse?

Feb. 14 | Will your karma change when you walk away? You will only know if you try. [To be continued below…] – Stonepeace | Books ‘If I am a mother with an abusive spouse, how can I resolve or eradicate the negative karmic affinity?’ (The following...

The Power Of Buddhas & Bodhisattvas’ Names

May. 25 | Perfected virtues are always more powerful than defilements of greed and hatred, which are weaknesses due to delusion. – Stonepeace | Books Mara, the demon king, asked the Buddha [Sakyamuni], “If someone repeats my name, it brings them neither...

Can Buddhists Pray To Gods?

Mar. 5 | Question: Is it alright for Buddhists to just pray as form of respect to deities (gods), but not to request anything from them? Answer: It is alright for Buddhists to express respect but there should not be a sense of utmost reverence and absolute refuge,...

How To Have Harmonious Inter-Religious Dialogue

Mar. 5 | Question: While chatting on our faiths, I said that a difference between Buddhism and god-centric faiths, is how gods are seen as still trapped within the six realms of existence, susceptible to karmic fall and rebirth, and are thus spiritually lesser...

How To Awaken Those Tricked By ‘Buddhist’ Cults

Feb. 11 | As published in April 2015’s issue of Singapore’s ‘For You (Information)’ Buddhist magazine 此诸众生, All these sentient beings [in the Dharma Ending Age (now) will], 去佛渐远。 away from the Buddha, be progressively...

Are The Great Bodhisattvas Real Or Not?

Jan. 21 | As all immeasurable beings have Buddha-nature, the universe is naturally filled with immeasurable realised Buddhas, pervading space and time. – Stonepeace | Books There is a false dichotomy in Buddhism that we might fall for, when it comes to...
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