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A Kid’s ‘Real’ Pain From An Imaginary Needle

Jul. 18 | Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – Buddhist Saying At the clinic, I saw how a kid was dragged by his mother into the doctor’s room. When the door closed, almost immediately from the outside, some screaming could be heard. Perhaps he...

Why We Should Ask & Answer Dharma Queries Well

Jul. 4 | Ask well to be answered well. Ask better to be answered better. – Shilashanti 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...

From Life As ‘Surrogates’ To Being ‘Altered Carbon’

Jun. 27 | The universe of stacks (‘hard disks’ that contain consciousnesses) and sleeves (i.e. bodies that can be switched like clothes) of ‘Altered Carbon’ (2018) is as if expanded from the world of ‘Surrogates’ (2009). Thank...

How One Who Slighted None Attained Buddhahood

May. 24 | 此诸众生 云何具有 如來智慧, 愚痴迷惑, 不知不见? – 释迦牟尼佛 (华严经) [Of] all these sentient beings, why [are they] complete with [the] Tathāgatas’ wisdom, [yet] ignorant [and] confused, not knowing...

‘The Week Of’ Expectation Vs Encouragement?

May. 15 | When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search For Meaning) In the movie ‘The Week Of’, Isaac the boy had to sit on a bench when his baseball coach ushered the...

Does Aversion At Buddha Images Create Negative Karma?

Apr. 7 | Question: When I visited a temple, the Buddha statue there seemed to stir up some aversion in me, as its face did not look peaceful or compassionate to me. Does this feeling create negative karma? The fierce statues of Dharma Protectors do not give...

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...

When You See Someone Dressed Just Like You

May. 18 | Do you ever notice that when you’re driving… Everyone going slower than you is an idiot… Everyone driving faster than you is a maniac? – Simple Town Comic In ‘Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time)‘, he shared this joke – ‘One...

‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ & The Missed Deaths Of Many Other Animals

Nov. 30 | This animated feature tells the tale of ‘flushed pets’, who have become ‘freedom fighters’. They meet kept pets called ‘leash lovers’, to whom they explain their cause. The abandoned pets’ revolution sought to...

Can I Keep A Bird Who Flew In My Window?

Oct. 7 | Question: Animals should not be held captive unwillingly, but a small coloured bird flew into our apartment. An expert said he might be attacked by crows if he was someone’s pet. Perhaps the owner will put up a ‘lost’ notice, but in...

How Shariputra Saw A Man, His Son & Their Dog

Aug. 18 | … Stop harming others, as you would want others to stop harming you… You can benefit others right away by not harming numberless sentient beings, by not eating them… With so many sentient beings, this frees them from being killed…...

You Can Outlive ‘The Age Of Adaline’!

Aug. 20 | ‘The Age Of Adaline’ is a study of mortality through a kind of ‘immortality’. No, there are no mythical vampires in the film, though the suggested phenomenon of possibly pausing human ageing, albeit accidentally is fictitious too....

Equanimity

Aug. 10 | It is absurd to maintain attachment and hatred toward beings of the six realms who have all been [reborn as] our parents.* Realise that they are all equal.** Is this not in itself a great liberation, a great happiness? – Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje *...

Calm & Clear Equanimity

Mar. 23 | We suffer from attachment when we deludedly overly idealise. We suffer from aversion when we deludedly overly demonise. We liberate with equanimity when we clearly see all as they are. – Stonepeace | Books Share This:

Is Pure Land Sexist?

Nov. 17 | Question: Is Pure Land sexist? Answer: In his 35th Vow, Dharmakara Bodhisattva stated this – ‘If I attain Buddhahood [as Amituofo (Amitabha Buddha)], in all immeasurable and inconceivable Buddha Lands of the ten directions, there are women...
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