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It’s A ‘Kung Fu Jungle’ Out There?

Feb. 4 | If literally translated from Chinese, the title of the movie ‘Kung Fu Jungle’ (一个人的武林) would be ‘One (Single) Person’s Wushu (Martial Arts) Jungle’. The action film tells the tale of how a wushu expert crazed...

Can Buddhists Seek Revenge? (‘Out Of The Furnace’ Of Hate)

Nov. 5 | 孝顺父母, 师僧三宝, 孝顺至道之法, 孝名为戒, 亦名制止。 – 梵网经 (释迦牟尼佛) [With] filial piety [to] fathers, mothers, teachers, monastics [and the] Triple Gem, filial piety [is the] teaching [of the] ultimate...

Should I Support Weapon Creation?

Aug. 30 | Question: I remember you mentioned you were in the navy. Onboard the ships, there are some weapon control systems. If we are at war, would you operate those systems? Even in peace time, should we avoid involvement in the development of these ‘defence’...

Is Buddhism Against Birth Control?

Feb. 18 | Lust greases the gears on the wheel of giving birth and being reborn. – Stonepeace | Get Books In accordance with the basic principles of Buddhism, as long as one does not break the precept against killing a person by having an abortion, there...

The Cruel Fowler

May. 31 | When you make an offering of generosity to others, you are also making an offering of merits to yourself. – Stonepeace “Reverend sir (the Buddha), how did it happen that such a monk (Tissa), having the supporting tendencies to attain arahantship,...

Does Investment In Animal Trade Break The First Precept?

Mar. 30 | Question: I try to observe ‘no killing’ whenever I can,  even though I did not take up the precept via a formal ceremony and am not a vegetarian. However, I have investment in the fishery business. Does this make me ‘break’ my...

Why Are There Wars?

Sep. 6 | How can we wish for world peace for all our lives, while we wish to feed on victims of violence for all our lives? – Stonepeace A disciple once asked the Buddha, “Why are there wars? When will there be no more wars? When will there be no more...

Does Meat-Eating Break The First Precept?

Aug. 23 | Question: When the buying of meat stops the killing will stop. Hence, how is buying or eating meat ever be in the grey area of whether it breaks the first precept? Worse than that, it is an attempt to cover up murder by paying someone else to do the dirty...

The ‘Wu Xia’ Koan Of Forgiveness

Aug. 2 | ‘Wu Xia’ is an entertaining and nuanced study of the tension between the need for forgiving one who has resolved to turn over a new leaf, versus the danger of forgiving one who turns out to be thoroughly unrepentant. Since we cannot read...

Buddhist Reformation & Rehabilitation Of Criminals

May. 23 | Rebirth is for reformation and retraining. ~ Stonepeace Buddhism holds the view that a person is good as soon as he refrains from doing evil. The Buddhist attitude towards criminals is focused in a way so that they may be reformed and rehabilitated to...

Should Sick Babies Be Aborted?

Apr. 21 | Question: Some Buddhist teachers say those who engage in abortion, which is the killing of a human life, creates negative karma that is so immense that unless they repent and have remedial action in time, they will be reborn in hell.  Some other teachers...

What If Plants Feel Pain Too?

Nov. 17 | How then, can those who practise great compassion feed on the flesh and blood of living beings? – The Buddha (Surangama Sutra) A common yet inadequate argument against a meat-reduced or meat-free diet is the speculation that plants might experience...
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