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Always Be Truthful & Disciplined

Apr. 19 | For your own sake always speak the truth even if it leads to your death or the loss of your sovereignty. Never speak in any other fashion. Devote yourself always to the discipline of acting in accord with your statements. Glorious one, by that you will...

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,...

Notice On Reprinting Without Permission

Feb. 21 | It came to the attention of TDE Press that its latest publication, a fresh English translation of ‘The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra’ (as below) with footnotes had been ‘pirated’, by being reprinted without permission. Features...

Do You Have The ‘Nerve’?

Dec. 13 | ‘Nerve’ is, (for now at least, thank goodness) a fictitious phone app game from the dark web. There are two ways to participate – as a watcher or player. The first decides and sees the latter live out increasingly outrageous dares in real...

Thus Turned Tashi’s Wheel Of ‘Samsara’

Nov. 29 | In the opening of the fictional (2001) movie ‘Samsara’ (i.e. not the 2011 documentary), Tashi the monk, who ordained at the age of five, emerged from a traditional three-year three-month three-day solitary retreat. He was ceremoniously...

Is It Possible To Fire With Compassion?

Oct. 31 | Question: As I hired an incompetent domestic helper via an incompetent agent, I technically fired the helper. But the agent asked for some holding on to the helper in name first, to facilitate her transfer without incurring more cost for both the agent...

Giving Alms On The Path Of The Ten Good Karmas

Oct. 18 | Giving to the needy, also gives up  what you do not need – miserliness. – Stonepeace | Books At that time the World-Honored One [i.e. Sakyamuni Buddha] told the dragon-king, [1] “Because Bodhisattvas quit killing and give alms [i.e practise...

To Live, ‘Don’t Breathe’!

Oct. 18 | ‘Don’t Breathe’ is a thriller on the most primordial kind of monster we know – humans! Youngsters who assumed they are in control broke and entered to steal from a blind old man. They ended up trapped in the controlled environment...

Rely Only On Those Superior In Morality & Understanding

Oct. 11 | People degenerate by relying on those inferior to themselves;  By relying on equals, they stay the same; By relying on those superior, they attain excellence; Thus rely on those who are superior to yourself. If you rely on whomever is superior – thoroughly...

6 Reflections On Departure From ‘Buddhist’ Cults

Aug. 30 | Swiftly avoid evil yourself. Swiftly do good yourself. Swiftly purify yourself. – Stonepeace | Books [1] Question: Ironically, the constant reminder not to slander the ‘Dharma’ and ‘Dharma teachers’ is why many in cults do...

Why Denounce Precept-Breaking ‘Buddhist Teachers’?

Aug. 9 | 吾般涅槃后, 汝等当恭敬, 波罗提木叉, 即是汝大师。 –《佛所行赞》 (马鸣菩萨著) After my Parinirvāṇa [i.e. of Śākyamuni Buddha], you and others should have reverent respect, for the Prātimokṣa [i.e....

Can Precepts Really Be Broken Virtually?

Aug. 9 | Question: Does killing someone and stealing something in a computer game create any negative karma? Answer: The answer is not so straightforward. Despite the virtual nature of these deeds, it is to the extent that there is intention to actually kill,...

Can Females Reordain As Buddhist Nuns?

Jun. 9 | Question: Can females ordain twice as Buddhist nuns? Answer: No, according to the record of this event and rule by the Buddha in the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya’s Section On Miscellaneous Matters’ 30th Scroll《根本说一切有部毘奈耶。杂事》卷三十,...

Are All In ‘Monastic’ Robes Beyond Question?

Jun. 9 | As featured in July 2017 issue of ‘For You Information’ (佛友资讯) (An Answer With Eight Bodhisattva Precepts) It is proper for you, Kalamas, to doubt, to be uncertain.  Uncertainty has arisen in you about what is doubtful. –...

How Are Vows & Precepts Related?

Apr. 8 | Question: What is the significance of taking vows in Buddhism? Answer: There are several kinds of vows for Buddhists. Taking refuge in the Triple Gem is one kind. Committing to the Five Precepts is another, as is to the Eight Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts...
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