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Four Seeds To Guard

Dec. 4 | 若不去淫,断一切清净种; 若不去酒,断一切智慧种; 若不去盗,断一切福德种; 若不去肉,断一切慈悲种。 – 净土宗六祖永明大师 《永明延寿禅师全书》 If not departing from lust, this severs...

Can Chanting Where The Deceased Are Not At Benefit Them?

Oct. 11 | Question: Is it alright to practise chanting at other temples or Buddhist centres, where ancestral tablets of deceased loved ones are not placed, while still benefiting them? Answer: Yes, as dependent on the factors that follow… Unless there...

Is Sponsoring Of Buddha Images To Create Them?

Aug. 22 | Question: A Buddhist temple has fund-raising, calling for sponsorship for many small Buddha images in its Buddha hall. Is offering of these Buddha images (供佛像) by donations classified as creating of Buddha images (塑佛像)? Answer: As 塑佛像...

The Top 10 Buddhist Assurances

Aug. 8 | Potential is there, yet as if ‘not there’, if never actualised. – Zhaojian [1] We Have Great Potential: We all have Buddha-nature, which is the perfect potential to become fully liberated and enlightened Buddhas, with True Happiness. This...

Verses On Vices Vs Virtues

Jul. 11 | 若见城廓,当愿众生, 得坚固身,心无所屈。 若见王都,当愿众生, 功德共聚,心恒喜乐。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第102-103偈) If seeing city walls, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain firm*...

What Is The Simplest Way To Offer Food?

Jul. 4 | Question: As there are many long traditional chants for offering food, is there a simple version, that is easy to remember and recite, that can be used by children too? Answer: Here is a common version – 代一切众生,  供养佛, 供养法,供养僧,  ...

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...

Why Merits Can Only Be Partially Dedicated?

Oct. 18 | Question: Why is it that when there is chanting or doing good in the name of another, that the person can only receive one-seventh of the merits, while six-sevenths are received by the chanters or practitioners? Answer: This is a natural law, as realised...

Are You Waiting For Your ‘Guru’ To Find You?

Sep. 13 | 当来之世,经道灭尽, 我以慈悲哀愍,特留此经 ,止住百岁。 其有众生,值斯经者,随意所愿,皆可得度。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《无量寿经》 In the world of the future, when the paths of the sutras [to enlightenment]...

Can A Parent’s Negative Karma Ripen Through A Child?

Feb. 16 | We are all interconnected together, though with various degrees apart, known and seen, or not. ― Stonepeace | Books As one creates positive and negative karma personally, these good and bad karmic seeds thus ripen accordingly, when conditions are...

Where Best To Go When This Life Ends?

Sep. 30 | 具缚凡夫, 有大悲心, 愿生恶世, 救苦众生者, 无有是处。 – 大智度论 (龙树菩萨) For bound ordinary beings, who have the mind of great compassion, and aspire for birth in this evil period, to save suffering sentient...

What If You Can Fulfil ‘Absolutely Anything’?

May. 18 | Sampled by ‘superior’ aliens, Neil is lent the power to wish absolutely anything to reality. It was a test to see if humans know good from evil, to deserve life as usual, or to be destroyed – if deemed too stupid and dangerous to the rest...

Why The Chinese Canon Is As Important As The Pali Canon

Mar. 18 | (Why The Pali Canon Does Not Represent All Of Buddhism) Availability of pure teachings depends on our availability of reverence, diligence and merits. – Anonone From Foreword by Roderick S. Bucknell, University of Queensland: ‘Here the author...

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...

Can You See The ‘Buddha’ In That ‘Cloud’?

Feb. 3 | To see things as they are, we need to see them not in the ways we are. – Stonepeace | Books When we gaze at a bunch of clouds, there is a high chance that we will habitually make out a puff to resemble something familiar. This tendency to seek and...
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