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Giving Alms On The Path Of The Ten Good Karmas

Oct. 18 | Giving to the needy, also gives up  what you do not need – miserliness. – Stonepeace | Books At that time the World-Honored One [i.e. Sakyamuni Buddha] told the dragon-king, [1] “Because Bodhisattvas quit killing and give alms [i.e practise...

Does Good Triumph Over Evil?

Aug. 30 | But he who has abandoned greed, hatred and delusion, is no longer Māra’s prisoner; he is freed from Māra’s snares, no longer subject to the Evil One’s will and pleasure. – The Buddha (Itivuttaka 68) Will good triumph over evil? Or does evil...

Is It Alright For Buddhists To Gamble?

Mar. 15 | What furthers greed, hatred and delusion should not be supported in any way. What furthers generosity, compassion and wisdom should be supported all the way. – Stonepeace | Books Often, Buddhist friends are curious about why the Buddha did not discourage...

Should I Donate Some Now Or All Later?

Nov. 16 | Question: Is the positive karma created the same, between donating all of one’s wealth before death, versus writing a will to do so after death? Answer: If the amount is the same, with equal generosity and non-attachment when alive and deceased,...

Verse On Giving

Mar. 9 |   若有所施, 当愿众生, 一切能舍, 心无爱着。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第9偈) If there is that given, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [of] everything* [be] able [to] renounce, [with their]...

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...

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...

When Is Generosity Not So Good?

Jun. 24 | Question: A seemingly generous friend, upon hearing feedback from mutual friends, often offers gifts of food that he does not really want, that is either about to expire or has slightly turned in colour. He also gives (or rids) other stuff that are somewhat...

Smile

May. 25 | If someone does not smile at you, be generous and offer your own smile. Nobody needs a smile more than the one who cannot smile at others. – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama Share This:

Six Precepts

Nov. 24 | There are in essence three precepts for liberation of oneself. One should restrain and rid the three poisons of attachment, aversion and delusion. There are in essence three precepts for liberation of others. One should nurture and share the three antidotes of...

What Should We (Not) Offer Monastics?

Sep. 24 | Question: Should making of offerings to Buddhist monastics be limited to basic necessities? Or should they be extended to other material things if they request for them? Answer: Basic necessities should always be the key priority – such as the four...

Does ‘Acting’ Bad Create Bad Karma?

Sep. 19 | We are all ‘actors’ the moment we pretend to be who we are not, or to not be who we are. – Stonepeace | Books) In the Talaputa Sutta, Talaputa, who heads an acting troupe, asks the Buddha on what he has to say of the ancient belief handed...

Is Giving Virtual Life Meritorious?

Feb. 28 | Question: Can giving someone lives for a game like Candy Crush with good intention be considered a good deed? Answer: You have to consider if it really does good. E.g. Does it support the spiritual life or create more worldly indulgence? Some become better...

Should We Share Merits With Our ‘Enemies’?

Jan. 20 | Karma is our Mama, for we are born from our karma. – Stonepeace | Get Books Is there a need to share merits, even with those who treat us selfishly, or negatively in some way? Yes, the sharing of merits should always include all sentient beings,...

Why Is It Better To Give Than To Receive?

Dec. 10 | 不知足者  Those who not know contentment, 虽富而贫  even if rich, they are however poor. 知足之人  Those who know contentment, 虽贫而富  even if poor, they are however rich. – 佛陀  The Buddha (遗教经  Sutra Of Bequeathed...