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‘The Kominsky Method’ Of Being Here

Dec. 26 | ‘The Kominsky Method’ is a bittersweet drama series on the challenges of two old friends growing older together, as they look out for each other while musing on life. Sandy Kominsky is an acting coach, who just lost a dear friend to sickness....

How ‘Shirkers’ Became A Mover & Shaker

Dec. 12 | ‘Shirkers’ (2018) is paradoxically, a documentary on a movie titled ‘Shirkers’ (1992), that did not come fully into being. The result is a full film on a half film, a film within a film, on love of films and filmmaking. Even though...

‘Seven’ Deadly Sins Vs Five Poisons?

Oct. 4 | ‘Se7en’ can be seen as a contemporary fable on the dangers of the Seven Deadly Sins, which according to Christian teachings, are pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. (They are contrary, respectively, to the Seven Cardinal...

Haikus On Movies, Documentary & Drama Series

Jun. 20 | Movie Haikus Watch a movie, have an adventure, into the unknown. Learn to empathise, watch your hopes, face your fears. Fictitious yet ‘real’, thought experiment with sight and sound. Serious yet not, live alternative lives of the protagonists. Series...

Is ‘American History X’ Still Repeating?

Aug. 30 | Just rewatched this powerful 1999 film on Netflix, whose message on the senselessness of racial hate remains as relevant as ever in the light of Charlottesville’s white supremacist rallies (2017). AHX tells of how the insecure, frustrated and...

‘No Escape’ From Karmic Retribution?

Nov. 3 | ‘No Escape’ is a thriller that serves as critique on a new form of colonialisation – the corporate kind, that even leads to a kind of slavery. As the character Hammond, who is a frequent visitor to the featured fourth world country...

Is There A God Who Allows Suffering?

Apr. 13 | With more selfless empathy, more will realise that when ‘others’ suffer, all of us as ‘one’ suffer, and all should help all. According to an article in ‘The Independent’ on the 18 Jan 2015, a tearful once abandoned...

How The Buddha-To-Be Saw The Four Sights

Nov. 24 | The realities of life are the truths we live in the midst of now – they are truths so close that they are often neglected. – Stonepeace | Books Then the Bodhisattva [Sakyamuni Buddha-to-be] called Chandaka, his charioteer. “Prepare a chariot...

The Difference Between Attachment & True Love

Aug. 28 | To become a Buddha is to grow from conditioned love of one or a few to unconditioned love of not more but all. Stonepeace | Books Similarly, the feeling of being in love is usually more a form of attachment, based on mental projections and fantasies,...

Walk A Mile In Shoes Of ‘The Cobbler’

Aug. 13 | ‘The Cobbler’ as an acted out thought experiment is a literal take on what can happen if you walk in another’s shoes. As the proverb goes, ‘Before you criticise a man, walk a mile in his shoes’. And as Depeche Mode kind of...

Do You Sit On The Special Subway Seats?

Jun. 22 | If one expects gratitude and reciprocation of one’s kindness from others, one should expect disappointment too. – Stonepeace In Singapore subway trains, there used to be a sign above certain seats in each carriage, which reads, ‘Priority...

The Power Of Empathy Over Vengeance

Nov. 29 | Have empathy instead of vengeance for the vengeful, as vengeance can karmically rebound. – Stonepeace Several months ago, a student of mine broke her pelvis after falling off a horse. While she was recovering, her boyfriend ended their relationship,...

The Story of the Needle Versus the Knife

Nov. 30 | When empathy arises, apathy falls away. When compassion arises, cruelty falls away. – Stonepeace While having a vegetarian lunch with Geshe Dorji Damdul (an appointed translator of H.H. the Dalai Lama) last Sunday with the good company of Dharma...
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