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The ‘Historically’ Fantastic ‘Legend Of The Demon Cat’

Aug. 15 | ‘Legend Of The Demon Cat’ (妖猫传) is what can be called ‘fantastical history’ or ‘historical fantasy’ – a highly dramatised and romanticised retelling of how events might had been, that led to the demise of Yang...

Can Faith In Any Deity Help The Dying?

Aug. 1 | According to one doctrine, there is a great, self-existent [i.e. uncreated] deity whose substance is real and who is all-pervading [i.e. omnipresent], eternal, and the producer of all phenomena [as a creator]…. If something [or someone] produces...

Wisdom Haikus

Jul. 26 | The dying who are also wise waste not a single moment on greed, hated and delusion. ___ The living who are also wise waste not a single moment on greed, hated and delusion. ___ We the living now are also the dying now, but are also wise now? – Shilashanti

Moment Haiku

Jun. 27 | As this moment could be your last – think, speak and act accordingly.

Is Life Just A Lamp To Be Snuffed Out?

Jun. 6 | Just look at how the circuit of the universe returns upon itself. You will see that nothing in this cosmos is extinguished, but everything falls and rises and turns. – Seneca (Epistle 36.7-12) As written in Seneca’s Epistle 54, ‘Before...

‘Meet Joe Black’, Life & Death

May. 15 | Bill chats with Joe as they watch ephemeral fireworks burst into the night sky at a great party: Bill: It’s hard to let go, isn’t it? Joe: Yes, it is, Bill. Bill: Well, that’s life. Death personified had taken on Joe’s human form...

A Buddhist Retells The Myth Of Sisyphus

Apr. 7 | If it is meaningless to be trapped in birth and death, what meaningful would be to seek liberation from birth and death. [to be continued…] – Stonepeace | Books In the Greek myth of Sisyphus, he was supposedly the ‘wisest’ of humans,...

Extreme Decisions For ‘Extremis’ Situations?

Apr. 7 | ‘Extremis’ is a documentary on the tough decisions that family members have to make in extremely difficult situations, near moments of potential death of their loved ones. Medical personnel are also shown to face much challenge when explaining...

Did The Buddha Die Of Food-Poisoning In Old Age?

Mar. 19 | Question: How is it that the Buddha could have died at 80 years old due to eating spoiled pork? Answer: Since the Buddha already announced the date of his passing at least 3 months in advance, he did not die of ageing or sickness, as he was in total...

Introduction To Buddhist Perspectives On Death & Dying

Mar. 6 | Feedback: ‘Brother Shi’an, thank you for your enlightening talk this evening. It was certainly the most engaging talk we’ve had in a while… Thank you so much once again, and we are looking forward to having you with us again soon!’...

Is ‘An Honest Death’ An Ideal Death?

Feb. 11 | ‘An Honest Death: A Palliative Care Doctor’s Final Days’ is a documentary featured on NHK World Prime. Masahiro Tanaka was a palliative care doctor and a Japanese Buddhist priest, who had helped thousands to die peacefully. He requested...

Prepared For The ‘Shockwave’ Of Your Life?

Dec. 28 | ‘Shockwave’ is about the expertise of a heroic bomb disposal officer… and his tragic limitations. Even the most cool-headed and skilled ones who were able to save many in the nick of time will eventually run out of time in this life...

We, The ‘Well’, Are Dying Like The Sick Too

Nov. 29 | We are truly running out of time if we still do not realise  we are truly running out of time. – Stonepeace | Books It is extremely important to be able to help a dying person and, if you can, the dying person’s family as well. Like us,...

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...

Ryuk Returns With His ‘Death Note’ (2017)

Sep. 6 | In case you missed it about 10 years ago, ‘Death Note’ is a (thankfully) fictitious book granted by a death god (Ryuk). Its keeper can write to actualise the death of anyone in any manner, as long as the name and face are known. Ryuk is...
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