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The Great Value Of Spiritual Friendship

Jan. 16 | Radical transformation of society requires personal and spiritual change first or at least simultaneously. – Sulak Sivaraksa A topic that Sulak [Sivaraksa] weaves into nearly every talk, essay, book, or discussion is spiritual friendship, which he regards...

You Stop Too

Jan. 8 | Spiritual practice starts by stopping the unskilful, before starting the skilful, and perfecting it. – Shilashanti A famous bandit, a murderer named Angulimala, had been sighted in the neighbourhood… Against all advice, the Buddha set out for...

Be More Mindful Of The Ocean Not Its Waves

Jan. 1 | What to be dissolved is not the self, but the sense of self, by realising it is not there in the first place. – Shilashanti Suzuki Roshi… had a very helpful way of describing the relief that comes from getting over yourself. He used the expression...

How The Buddha Turned Arrows Into Flowers

Dec. 26 | Cultivation is more transformation of the unskilful than its eradication. – Shilashanti In the hours preceding his final enlightenment, when he is doing battle with his ego, the Buddha’s tormentors shoot volleys of arrows at him. Some people interpret...

Lost & Found In ‘The Sea Of Trees’ 在《青木原树海》遗失与找到自己

Oct. 17 | ‘The Sea Of Trees’ (Jukai: 树海) is an alternative name of Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’ (Aokigahara: 青木ヶ原), with its dense foliage that moves with swells and waves like the sea. Believed by many to be very easy to...

Be Ever More Sober

Sep. 27 | The height of cultivation runs to simplicity. – Bruce Lee The great philosopher king Marcus Aurelius… wrote to himself, he must ‘fight to be the person philosophy tried to make you.’ This is why Zen philosopher Zuigan is supposed to...

‘The Empty Hands’ Full Of Spirit

Sep. 13 | ‘The Empty Hands’ is the almost literal translation of the ‘way of empty hands’ (空手道), otherwise known as Karate-do. As strongly urged by a Karate expert father, his daughter was trained when much younger, to be a brown...

The Egoless ‘Everest’ Vs An Everest Of Ego?

Jun. 1 | This review of the ‘Everest’ movie could prove not so predictable, perhaps not unlike the weather conditions up this highest peak. It was written not so much to celebrate the human spirit, but as a reflection on the dangers of unchecked ego....

Harm Of Praising Oneself & Blaming Others

Mar. 9 | When you praise yourself, you forget to improve yourself. When you blame others, you forget to help others. – Stonepeace | Books “One can say that the habit of praising oneself and looking down on others is common to most people. That is why wherever...

Do Your ‘Big Eyes’ See These Truths?

May. 27 | ‘Big Eyes’ tells the true story of how Walter Keane (1915-2000) became one of the most notorious yet unrepentant frauds in the history of art. When his newly married wife Margaret signed off her paintings as ‘Keane’, he saw the...

It’s A ‘Kung Fu Jungle’ Out There?

Feb. 4 | If literally translated from Chinese, the title of the movie ‘Kung Fu Jungle’ (一个人的武林) would be ‘One (Single) Person’s Wushu (Martial Arts) Jungle’. The action film tells the tale of how a wushu expert crazed...

Tibet’s Best Shrine Offering

Aug. 6 | When we give anything or make any offering, may we give with genuine generosity, while we give up greed for returns. – Stonepeace | Books Geshe Ben once lived in retreat in a mountain cave. Generations of hermit yogis had furnished it with a crude...

Sincerity & Humility

Apr. 26 | Without sincerity and humility to learn the Dharma, preconceptions and egoism. will mar the Dharma. – Stonepeace (Get Books)

Mountain Haiku

Apr. 19 | What a tall mountain to conquer? Of ego!

Jam Haiku

Dec. 19 | Two big egos jammed on a small path, either one has to give way, or there is no way for either one.
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