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Is ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Ours Too?

Sep. 23 | What is the meaning, purpose or point of this life, be it long or short? These existential issues are pondered by a dog, who is able to recall several immediate past lives. Is it just to have fun and games, to play and eat? If only it is that simple....

Is Spiritual Practice Easier In This World? 在这个世界比较容易修行吗?

Jul. 18 | 我观是 阎浮众生, 举心动念, 无非是罪。 – 地藏菩萨 《地藏经》   I see that of these Jambudvīpa sentient beings [here], with their raising of minds and moving of thoughts, none are not with transgressions.   – Kṣitigarbha...

How We Should Train Ourselves

Nov. 27 | Of a worthy goal reachable, have Faith to reach it, have Aspiration to reach it, have Practice to reach it. – Shilashanti … there is the case where a certain monk follows right after the community of monks… He doesn’t have the other...

Can There Be Much Yet Nothing To Buy?

Aug. 22 | Knowing exactly what one needs requires wisdom. – Shilashanti In an overheard conversation, participants in a tour group lamented to their guide that there is nothing to buy in the area. Surprised, the guide replied that the hotel they were staying...

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...

Thus Turned Tashi’s Wheel Of ‘Samsara’

Nov. 29 | In the opening of the fictional (2001) movie ‘Samsara’ (i.e. not the 2011 documentary), Tashi the monk, who ordained at the age of five, emerged from a traditional three-year three-month three-day solitary retreat. He was ceremoniously...

How To Spiritualise The Worldly Five Desires

Jul. 13 | What cannot be rid of immediately should be transformed immediately, so as to be rid of eventually. – Stonepeace | Books As beings in the Desire Sphere (欲界), we are all with the Five Desires (五欲), for pleasing sights (色), sounds (声), smells...

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...

From Craving Arises Grief & Fear

Oct. 30 | From craving springs grief, From craving springs fear: For one quite free of craving There is no grief — how fear? – The Buddha (Dhammapada, Verse 216) … this brahman… went one day to the bank of the river to clear his field. The Teacher...

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...

Knowing Contentment

Jul. 19 | Those who do not know contentment, although rich, they are poor. Those who know contentment, although poor, they are rich. Those who do not know contentment, are constantly led by their five desires, pitied by those who know contentment. – The Buddha...

Itchy?

Feb. 15 | There is pleasure when an itch is scratched, But to be without an itch is more pleasurable still; There are pleasures in worldly desires, But to be without desires is more pleasurable still. – Nagarjuna (Ratanvalli)

One Of A Kind

Oct. 19 | Of love and desire, none is more extreme than lust. With lust as desire, its greatness is without another. Fortunately, there is only one of its kind. If there are two same kinds, of all humans under the heavens, they will be incapable to be with the...

The Intention Of Renunciation

Aug. 2 | True renunciation is to let go of attachment, aversion and delusion; not anything else. – Stonepeace The Buddha does not demand that everyone leave the household life for the monastery [to further facilitate spiritual cultivation] or ask his followers...

The Middle Way Between Hedonism & Asceticism

Jul. 6 | Birth in the heavens might be supremely hedonistic. Birth in the hells might be supremely ascetic. Birth in the Pure Lands is supremely the Middle Way. – Stonepeace In India at the time the Buddha’s time, there was a belief that the purpose of...
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