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On ‘Percy Jackson’, Knowledge & Power

Jul. 6 | In ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’, Chiron tells Percy the half-blood (i.e. an imaginary semi-human and semi-god), ‘Knowledge isn’t always power, Percy. Sometimes it’s a burden.’ It was to retort the common saying...

Why ‘Clash Of The Titans’ (1981) Endures

Sep. 16 | If we mindfully reflect on the fantastic Greek myth of Perseus, we should realise that it is not truly a tale about external gods and monsters. Instead, it tells of how mere mortals are able to triumph despite seemingly impossible odds, with great...

‘The Song Of Patience By Hánshān & Shídé’ As Sung By The Bodhisattvas Mañjuśrī, Samantabhadra & Maitreya 文殊、普贤与弥勒菩萨所唱的《寒山拾得忍耐歌》

May. 16 | 古人云:「何以息谤?」 曰:「无辩。」 又云:「吃得小亏,则不至于吃大亏。」   余三十年来屡次经验,深信此数语真实不虚。     弘一大师   《弘一大师全集》   Ancient ones say, ‘With...

Two Kinds Of Lion’s Roar

May. 16 | Truths are only surprising to those used to non-truths. – Shilashanti Two of the most important scriptures in the Pali canon are the Great Discourse on the Lion’s Roar (Maha-sihanada Sutta) and the Short Discourse on the Lion’s Roar (Cula-sihanada...

The Wheels Of Spiritual & Worldly Power

Apr. 26 | Without the spiritual wheel of the Dharma, all worldly wheels but turn in endless cycles, seemingly getting somewhere but nowhere. – Shilashanti “The monks since the time of the Buddha have represented the wheel of truth and righteousness, the...

Be Ever More Sober

Sep. 27 | The height of cultivation runs to simplicity. – Bruce Lee The great philosopher king Marcus Aurelius… wrote to himself, he must ‘fight to be the person philosophy tried to make you.’ This is why Zen philosopher Zuigan is supposed to...

Nobler Brotherhood For ‘A Better Tomorrow 2018’

Sep. 20 | ‘A Better Tomorrow 2018’ (英雄本色 2018) almost seems like exploration on what brotherhood (or sisterhood) means, in both the actual brotherly sense, and the non-sibling, sometimes gangster brotherly sense. Surely, it means loyalty, to...

An Outsider’s Review Of ‘The Outsider’

Mar. 19 | ‘The Outsider’ tells a fictitious tale of how a foreigner (gaijin) joined a yakuza gang, rising in its ranks to be its most ‘honourable’ leader. Often the case, such stories depict the fierce sense of ‘honour’ among,...

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...

Is There An Almighty, All-Good & All-Wise Creator?

Aug. 29 | The most mighty, good and knowing ones possible are the Buddhas, having the most powerful skilful means (superpotence) with perfect compassion (omnibenevolence) and wisdom (omniscience) for guiding all to be free from suffering. – Stonepeace | Books If...

The Power Of Buddhas & Bodhisattvas’ Names

May. 25 | Perfected virtues are always more powerful than defilements of greed and hatred, which are weaknesses due to delusion. – Stonepeace | Books Mara, the demon king, asked the Buddha [Sakyamuni], “If someone repeats my name, it brings them neither...

Phone Haiku

Jan. 18 | If you have the power to call anyone at any time, what would you say? (You already have this power. Why not use it meaningfully now? What holds you back?)

Are Buddhas Omnipotent, Omnibenevolent & Omniscient?

Nov. 14 | The Buddhas are perfectly capable ‘Teachers of Humans and Gods’ as they have perfected their humanity and transcended the compassion and wisdom of even the greatest yet unenlightened gods. – Anonone Can there be a creator of the universe,...
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