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‘Jerry Before Seinfeld’, On The Empty Concept Of Teams

Nov. 10 | In the stand-up comedy routine of ‘Jerry Before Seinfeld’, he told this joke – ‘This whole concept of the team [in competitive sports] – your team, my team… Really? Is It our team? Who are these guys? Where are they from?...

True Form

Dec. 21 | 诸法真实相: 不生亦不灭; 不常亦不断; 不一亦不异; 不来亦不去。 – 梵网经 (释迦牟尼佛) All dharmas* true form is not arisen, also not ceased;** is not permanent, also not ended;** is not one, also not different;** is...

Is ‘The Dressmaker’ The Character-Maker Too?

Jul. 20 | In ‘The Dressmaker’, a haute couture dressmaker comes to a bland and dusty countryside town. Offering her high fashion skills, she somewhat transforms the resident ladies into classy aristocrats. The onlookers and audience are left just as...

Can You Say Your True Name?

Sep. 25 | The past mind cannot be attained, The present mind cannot be attained, The future mind cannot be attained. – Diamond Sūtra (Śākyamuni Buddha) 过去心不可得, 现在心不可得, 未来心不可得。 – 金刚经 (释迦牟尼佛) In the...

How Are We Reborn Without Souls?

Mar. 6 | Question: If each of us do not have a soul or spirit, how do we undergo rebirth? We know that the body is just a form, so there must be something within that takes rebirth? Is there at least a base energy that takes rebirth? If not, how do we bring our...

The Body Candle & The Mind Flame

Mar. 6 | If we cannot change, all would be pointless, for we are only how we are, unable to become better. – Stonepeace | Books If a candle represents the body, and the flame represents the mind, both change from moment to moment, as the candle melts...

What Makes Life Truly Moving & Wonderful?

Feb. 23 | The path to self-liberation aspires to transcend all of Samsara. The path to total liberation aspires to engage all in Samsara too. The ultimate Middle Path is to be transcendental yet engaged. – Stonepeace | Books The book blurb of ‘Essays...

Why Are There No Souls?

Feb. 10 | Question: How should Buddhists explain why we do not believe in the existence of ‘souls’? Answer: According to the Buddha’s teachings, there are no unchanging mental or physical entities called souls within anyone as we are changing...

Truths From The Fictitious ‘Ruby Sparks’

Nov. 15 | Fantastical tales are fantastic ways to convey important truths. The movie ‘Ruby Sparks’ is one such example, packed with facts in fiction. Without giving away excess details, it proposes the possibility of writing the love of your life into...

Why The ‘Same’ River Is A ‘Different’ River

Apr. 26 | 过去心不可得,The past mind cannot be attained, 现在心不可得,The present mind cannot be attained, 未来心不可得。The future mind cannot be attained. – 金刚经 Diamond Sutra (The Buddha) ‘No man ever steps in the “same”...

Are You Reborn Or Reincarnated?

Mar. 26 | You can always change… to be better… and better… till you become the best. – Stonepeace | Get Books At first glance, the words ‘rebirth’ and ‘reincarnation’ do not seem to differ much, if at all. Yet, technically...

How To See Impermanence Positively

Mar. 30 | Impermanence is not just about the end of all things, but their renewal too. – Stonepeace (Get Books) Having learnt about the truth of impermanence of all things material in this life, of the value of living with more contentment and less excesses,...

How Is One In All & All In One?

Aug. 24 | The more clearly we see phenomena, we will see there is no clearly distinct or static phenomena. – Stonepeace The value of pi is that when the circumference of any circle is divided with its diameter. This mathematical constant is approximately...

Should You Be Good For Goodness’ Sake?

Jun. 14 | Compassion is the root [beginning] of the Buddha path. [the path to Buddhahood]. – Nagarjuna (The Treatise on Perfection of Wisdom) There is this adage… To ‘be good for goodness’ sake’; instead of being good for pleasing...

How To Attain Universal Freedom

Aug. 18 | Not realising the Three Universal Characteristics sustains one’s universal delusion. – Stonepeace How can we attain universal freedom, as in ultimate freedom, from every constraint, including the universe itself? The answer is through the...