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The Sunbathing Carcass

Jan. 17 | Live well to die better. – Stonepeace | Books There was a (Y)outh leaning against a tree. He was ragged and depressed, yawning dispiritedly. A Chan (Chinese Zen) (M)aster came by… M: Young man, the weather’s so good. Why aren’t...

How Do You Grasp Emptiness?

Dec. 28 | 色不异空;空不异色; 色即是空;空即是色;– 心经 (观世音菩萨) Form is not different from emptiness; emptiness is not different from form; form is the same as emptiness; emptiness is the same as form. – Heart Sutra (Guanshiyin...

How To Appreciate Blooming & Withering Peonies

Dec. 13 | 色不异空; 空不异色; 色即是空; 空即是色。 – 观世音菩萨 (心经) Form is not different from emptiness; emptiness is not different from form; form is the same as emptiness; emptiness is the same as form. – Guanshiyin...

‘Jerry Before Seinfeld’, On The Empty Concept Of Teams

Nov. 10 | In the stand-up comedy routine of ‘Jerry Before Seinfeld’, he told this joke – ‘This whole concept of the team [in competitive sports] – your team, my team… Really? Is It our team? Who are these guys? Where are they from?...

How To See Emptiness Of Forms?

Aug. 18 | Question: How do I practise to see emptiness, to depart from forms? I have tried asking myself where is the self-nature of phenomena (which does not exist), so as to not take them too seriously, and reminding myself that my self-nature (Buddha-nature)...

Should One’s Past Form Be Seen As Empty?

Aug. 2 | Question: It is said that we should not be attached to emptiness… Answer: … and not be attached to form too, while it is practically safer to be skilfully ‘attached’ to pure forms (such as that of Pure Land) as the best stepping...

True Liberation

Feb. 22 | He who cling to emptiness And neglects compassion, Does not reach the highest stage. But he who practices only compassion, Does not gain release from toils of existence. He, however, who is strong in practice of both, Remains neither in Samsara nor in...

The Heart of ‘The Heart Sutra’: The Core Of Wisdom (11th Run)

Dec. 24 | Click HERE To Register Feedback From Past Runs: Hi Bro Shi’an, thank you very much for your detailed teaching and guidance in the course. It has been very interesting as presented with your easy-going and fun approach to the topic. I have recommended...

True Form

Dec. 21 | 诸法真实相: 不生亦不灭; 不常亦不断; 不一亦不异; 不来亦不去。 – 梵网经 (释迦牟尼佛) All dharmas* true form is not arisen, also not ceased;** is not permanent, also not ended;** is not one, also not different;** is...

Where Did This Anger Come From?

Dec. 13 | Beyond appreciating truth by reading texts, realise truth by facing reality too. – Stonepeace | Books Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku. Desiring to show his attainment,...

The Heart of ‘The Heart Sutra’: The Core Of Wisdom (10th Run)

Feb. 21 | Click Here To Register For Limited Spaces Now Feedback From Past Runs: Hi Bro Shi’an, thank you very much for your detailed teaching and guidance in the course. It has been very interesting as presented with your easy-going and fun approach to...

Mundane Vs Supramundane Perfection of Giving

Jan. 18 | True giving away hopes for no takeaway. Being able to give [to help] is itself the ‘takeaway’. – Stonepeace | Books Sariputra: What is the worldly, and what is the supramundane perfection of giving? Subhuti: The worldly perfection of giving...

Family Verse For Laypeople

Jan. 11 | 菩萨在家, 当愿众生, 知家性空, 免其逼迫。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第1偈) Bodhisattvas at home [who are laypeople], [should reflect that] ‘May sentient beings know their families’ [and homes’]...

Can You Say Your True Name?

Sep. 25 | The past mind cannot be attained, The present mind cannot be attained, The future mind cannot be attained. – Diamond Sūtra (Śākyamuni Buddha) 过去心不可得, 现在心不可得, 未来心不可得。 – 金刚经 (释迦牟尼佛) In the...

Constant Pure Land Practice

Sep. 1 | 虽知诸佛国, 及与众生空, 而常修净土, 教化诸群众。 – 维摩经(维摩诘) Although knowing that all Buddha lands and their sentient beings are emptiness.* yet constantly cultivate the Pure Land [practice], for teaching and...