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Is ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Ours Too?

Sep. 23 | What is the meaning, purpose or point of this life, be it long or short? These existential issues are pondered by a dog, who is able to recall several immediate past lives. Is it just to have fun and games, to play and eat? If only it is that simple....

We Have No Time To Be Evil

Aug. 14 | There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels. – The Buddha (Dhammapada Verse 6) Let’s get rid of anger’s evil; let’s purge the mind, tear out by the roots that...

The First Things In ‘Cities Of Last Things’

Jul. 22 | The film (幸福城市) begins in the midst of a casual yet cautionary song – ‘爱千万不要给得太多… 你今天将它挽留,明天它悄悄溜走。你将一切给我,我却不知如何接受。啊… 请你请你不要再来找我。世界上的男孩不只我一个。啊…...

The Rising & Crashing Waves Of ‘Roma’

Mar. 27 | Featured in black and white, yet with the rich nuances of light and shade, ’Roma’ depicts the ordinariness of everyday life, as juxtaposed with the extraordinariness of both domestic and political chaos. It is a closer look at how every single...

The ‘Historically’ Fantastic ‘Legend Of The Demon Cat’

Aug. 15 | ‘Legend Of The Demon Cat’ (妖猫传) is what can be called ‘fantastical history’ or ‘historical fantasy’ – a highly dramatised and romanticised retelling of how events might had been, that led to the demise of Yang...

‘The Monkey King 3’: Kingdom Of Women (Vs Four ‘Monks’)

Aug. 8 | Although also with ‘casual spirituality’ added for such movies meant to be entertaining yet somewhat ‘enlightening’, this third instalment (西游记女儿国) offers quite a bit of subtle food for thought on love and attachment....

What Is Love Under ‘A Full Bright Moon’?

Apr. 25 | Great Master Hongyi’s (弘一大师) ex-wife was reluctant to let go of him, and was puzzled by the nature of love. She thus asked him – ‘Please tell me, what is love?’ (请告诉我,什么叫爱?) If she really loved him, how could she let...

Commitment Issues In ‘Café Society’

Apr. 13 | Why commit to another love interest if already committed to another? Was the first commitment not genuine then, and thus meaningless? If there was meaningless commitment for the first case, what makes one sure that the second case has genuine commitment? If...

A Buddhist Retells The Myth Of Orpheus & Eurydice

Mar. 8 | 爱不重, 不生娑婆。 念不一, 不生极乐。 – 杨次公 (宋) (If greedy) attachment is not heavy, there will not be birth in this Saha World. If mindfulness (of Amituofo) is not wholehearted, there will not be birth in (his Pure Land...

How ‘Demolition’ Led To Reconstruction

Dec. 21 | A man whose wife died in a car crash is seemingly numb at first. He even tries to cry but found it hard. As it turned out, he was too unmindfully spaced out in the final days of their relationship. So much so, that he was uncertain of what he lost,...

Should Buddhists Play Matchmakers?

Sep. 13 | Question: Is it alright to matchmake good friends who are good in character? Answer: It does not accord with a Bodhisattva Precept in the Brahma Net Sutra to do matchmaking – as it facilitates the perpetuation of Samsara by encouraging attachment....

Of Gods, Demi-Gods & Humans In ‘Wonder Woman’

Aug. 2 | Where Wonder Woman was created by Zeus (the absent god), Themyscira is a Greek mythological Paradise Island with only Amazon women. Somewhat feminist, perhaps sexist, yet true, it also represents how there might be safety and peace without the war-mongering...

About True ‘Love & Other Drugs’

May. 11 | This story is about a young woman with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease, who fails to connect to anyone emotionally because she feels undeserving of love. Outwardly confident, she nursed self-pity secretly, with fear of being committed to and...

A Short Chat In ‘A Chinese Tall Story’

Apr. 27 | In the movie ‘A Chinese Tall Story’ (情颠大圣), which is yet another spin-off retelling of the already fictitious novel ‘Journey To The West’, it’s clearly non-factual version of ‘Tripitaka’ (Dharma Master...

From Ordinary To Enlightened Love

Mar. 22 | The path to full enlightenment is to learn how to love all beings fully, with full compassion and wisdom. – Stonepeace | Books Ordinary love is based and mixed with attachment. Like other afflicted emotions, attachment is based not on reality but...
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