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Five Poisons

Jun. 14 | The greedy, when overboard, will be deprived, when repented, will be content. The hateful, when overboard, will be loathed, when repented, will be accepted. The deluded, when overboard, will be confused, when repented, will be clear. The arrogant, when...

Some Truths Revealed On Revealed ‘Truths’

May. 3 |   ‘Come Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by  [1] repeated hearing; nor  [2] upon tradition; nor  [3] upon rumor; nor  [4] upon what is in a scripture; nor  [5] upon surmise; nor  [6] upon an axiom; nor  [7] upon specious...

What If I’m Confused By Some Teachings?

Apr. 19 | Question: What if I find some teachers’ teachings confusing, and even potentially misleading? Answer: Never let the Buddha, his Dharma and yourself down. You should sincerely and politely clarify with them, to check your understanding. If it turns...

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...

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...

How Can A ‘Creator’ Be ‘Created’?

Aug. 13 | I’m the one who asked Brahmā  in the Hall of Justice before the assembly:  ‘Friend, do you still have the same view  that you had in the past?  Or do you see the radiance  transcending the Brahmā realm?’ [to be continued…] –...

Doubt The Doubtful To Realise The Truthful

Jul. 11 | Be it with skepticism or faith in the Buddha’s teachings, the Buddha welcomes all to question them, all to question him. – Stonepeace Near the beginning of Śākyamuni Buddha’s life of extensive teaching, as recorded in the Kālāma Sutta,...

Why We Should Ask & Answer Dharma Queries Well

Jul. 4 | Ask well to be answered well. Ask better to be answered better. – Stonepeace In the last line of ‘[The] Twenty-Third [Light] Precept [Against] Arrogant [And] Biased Speaking [Of The Dharma]’ (第二十三憍慢僻说[轻]戒) in the ‘Brahmā...

How Two Journeyed Into Darkness & Light

Feb. 11 | The first step of learning is to recognise evil, so as to avoid evil. Without this first step, what learnt might be evil. Her Journey Into The Darkness Of Delusion Since young, she was taught by her seniors that her guru (spiritual teacher) is equal...

Doubt Haiku

Jun. 29 | Maybe there should be no more maybes for such things – why not verify?

The Seven Limbs As Antidotes To Afflictions

Feb. 17 | Revere the more enlightened to rid pride. Learn their teachings and ask to rid ignorance and doubt. Repent and radiate loving-kindness to rid hatred. Rejoice of others’ well-being to rid jealousy. Give to the needy and worthy to rid greed. Dedicate...

How Should We Learn Buddhism Properly?

Aug. 4 | Our lives are not too short to find time to learn the Dharma well. Our lives are too short not to learn well, so as to practise better. – Stonepeace | Books It is of course important to learn the Buddha’s teachings properly, since realising...

How To Be Good Dharma Students & Teachers

Apr. 16 | 此诸众生,All these sentient beings [will, in the future (now), 去佛渐远。away] from the Buddha, gradually be further apart [from him]. 邪师说法,Evil ‘teachers’ who speak the [corrupted] ‘Dharma’, 如恒河沙。[will...

The Double Insurance Of The Buddha’s Teachings

May. 31 | To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise. – Source uncertain At a Buddhist bookshop, I encountered a customer who asked what is a particularly unique feature (among many others) about the Buddha’s...

The Gold Standard Test For Truth

Jan. 21 | Do not rely merely on the person, but on the words; Do not rely merely on the words, but on their meaning; Do not rely merely on the provisional meaning, but on the definitive meaning; and Do not rely merely on intellectual understanding, but on direct...
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