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‘Elysium’ As An Imperfect ‘Heaven’

Apr. 3 | ‘Elysium’ comes from the Greek word ‘Elusion’, which means ‘(plain) of the blessed’, which is supposedly at the ends of the earth, as offered to heroes favoured by the gods after death – a place or state of perfect...

How The Future Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva ‘First’ Visited Hell

Jan. 12 | 佛名大觉,具一切智, 若在世时,我母死后, 傥来问佛,必知处所。 – 婆罗门女 《地藏菩萨本愿经》 [The] Buddha [is] named [the] Great Awakened [One], complete [with] all wisdom, thus [on] when alive, [and]...

Hell, Heaven, Liberation

Dec. 12 | Those who have ignorance will engage in bad karma and go to hell. Those who have ignorance will create good karma and go to heaven. Those who are wise will go beyond karma, and attain liberation.* – Chandrakirti * By progressing towards purity, swiftest...

How To Not Be Reborn As Animals

Nov. 27 | The very shortsighted must learn to see much further. – Shilashanti The Kukkuravatika Sutta records how Puṇṇa (of the Koliyans), an ox-duty ascetic, and Seniya the naked dog-duty ascetic learnt the error of their ways through the Buddha. Prior...

Which Of These Four Actions Do You Create?

Nov. 8 | There are four kinds of [karmic] actions proclaimed by me, after realising them for myself with direct knowledge. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Kukkuravatika Sutta) (As paraphrased and extended from the second half of the Kukkuravatika Sutta) [1] There are dark...

How To Have The Ultimately Blissful Reunion

Sep. 5 | 若有众生, 闻是说者, 应当发愿, 生彼国土。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (佛说阿弥陀经) If there are beings who hear this, they should vow to be born in that [Pure] Land. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of]...

How Can A ‘Creator’ Be ‘Created’?

Aug. 13 | I’m the one who asked Brahmā  in the Hall of Justice before the assembly:  ‘Friend, do you still have the same view  that you had in the past?  Or do you see the radiance  transcending the Brahmā realm?’ [to be continued…] –...

Can Faith In Any Deity Help The Dying?

Aug. 1 | According to one doctrine, there is a great, self-existent [i.e. uncreated] deity whose substance is real and who is all-pervading [i.e. omnipresent], eternal, and the producer of all phenomena [as a creator]…. If something [or someone] produces...

‘This Is The End’ Of The ‘Line’?

May. 27 | The world suddenly becomes apocalyptically chaotic, as the good are beamed up to heaven directly, while the rest fend for themselves, often fighting one another. At first hanging out to party hedonistically with his more of less equally indulgent friends,...

My Journey From ‘Hell’ To ‘Heaven’ And Back

Aug. 24 | The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. – John Milton (The below is based on a personal past experience) Admitted to the first hospital due to outbreak of drug allergy. Sluggishly, the cause remained undiscovered, with...

Hail Humour Of ‘Hail, Caesar!’

Aug. 18 | The following is perhaps the most interesting part of the critically acclaimed ‘Hail, Caesar!‘ It is an argument over the nature of God, as believed by some faiths. (You can catch the humourously depicted debate at https://youtube.com/watch?v=KJEiDRi4Itc)...

How Time Is Relative To Our Experiences

Jul. 20 | An hour sitting with a pretty girl on a park bench passes like a minute, but a minute sitting on a hot stove seems like an hour. – Albert Einstein (paraphrased) A day and a night in the Heaven of the Four Kings is equivalent to fifty years among...

How To Be Inexhaustible Joyful Lamps Of The Dharma

Jan. 10 | All Buddhas only wish that all practise and share the Dharma well to benefit all. – Stonepeace According to the Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra, Mara (the most evil heavenly demon king from the Paranirmita-vashavartin heaven) once disguised as Sakra (the...

How Can Some With Good Karma Become Evil?

Nov. 21 | If merits and wisdom are always steadily cumulative from life to life, we should be liberated already. – Stonepeace One might be reborn into very favourable physical and material circumstances as a result of past good karma ripening now. However,...

How Even The Gods May Fall

Sep. 12 | That even gods may fall is a powerful reminder that merely doing good is not good enough. – Stonepeace Whoever has accumulated much merit, after his rebirth in the Deva-realms [heavenly planes of gods], lives there till the end of the life-span of that...
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