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The Easiest Ways To…

Sep. 27 | If even perfect Buddhas and great Bodhisattvas express themselves humbly in thought, word and deed, who are we as ordinary beings to be proud? – Shilashanti The easiest way to carry clothes is to wear them. The easiest way to carry food is to eat them. The...

Why We Should Ask & Answer Dharma Queries Well

Jul. 4 | Ask well to be answered well. Ask better to be answered better. – Stonepeace In the last line of ‘[The] Twenty-Third [Light] Precept [Against] Arrogant [And] Biased Speaking [Of The Dharma]’ (第二十三憍慢僻说[轻]戒) in the ‘Brahmā...

How Two Journeyed Into Darkness & Light

Feb. 11 | The first step of learning is to recognise evil, so as to avoid evil. Without this first step, what learnt might be evil. Her Journey Into The Darkness Of Delusion Since young, she was taught by her seniors that her guru (spiritual teacher) is equal...

Four Kinds Of ‘Spiritual Teachers’ (Gurus) To Avoid

Dec. 21 | Seek good enough teachers who lead to the perfect teacher of Amituofo, in the perfect school of his Pure Land, to be a perfect student of his, to be a perfect teacher like him too. – Stonepeace | Books According to Jigme Lingpa, there are four...

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...

A Checklist For Bad Gurus (Spiritual Teachers)

Sep. 13 | Good students appreciate  being corrected of their mistakes as they are good students. Good teachers appreciate being corrected of their mistakes as they are also good students. – Shilashanti If a fresh banana leaf is wrapped around a piece of old...

How Should Dharma Teachers Protect Dharma Students?

Mar. 28 | Without names, so that timeless lessons can be universally learnt, the below is based on an actual incident. Case There was a public Dharma talk with many misconceptions shared. A teacher, having taken the reasonably calculated risk of recommending...

Why We Should All Attend Buddhist Classes

Jul. 20 | The only way to know  if you have learned enough is to keep learning, till you know and see all. – Stonepeace | Books It is best to attend proper Dharma classes to learn the Buddha’s teachings ever more systematically and comprehensively, because...

An Imperfect Student Seeks A Perfect Teacher

May. 18 | As it is with perfectionism that we become perfect, why compromise on it? – Stonepeace | Books [1] Stages Of Seeking A Perfect Teacher (i) No Teacher: Before discovery of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings, the student had no true spiritual teacher, as...

Don’t Spoil Your Teachers

Nov. 21 | Too much deference actually spoils the guru. – H.H The 14th Dalai Lama The problem with the [Vajrayana] practice of seeing everything the guru does as perfect is that it very easily turns to poison for both the guru and the disciple. Therefore,...

Is My Teacher Testing My Patience?

Oct. 29 | Aware of the difference between being firm and angry, one can be firm when necessary, but never ever angry. – Stonepeace | Books A Dharma class participant sent me the following question… ‘A “teacher” I know regularly raises...

How To Be Good Dharma Students & Teachers

Apr. 16 | 此诸众生,All these sentient beings [will, in the future (now), 去佛渐远。away] from the Buddha, gradually be further apart [from him]. 邪师说法,Evil ‘teachers’ who speak the [corrupted] ‘Dharma’, 如恒河沙。[will...

Teachers & Students

Jan. 3 | If you have never questioned any teacher’s teachings, you must have encountered only perfect teachers, or you are an imperfect student. – Stonepeace

True Listening

Apr. 20 | True listening [to the Dharma] does not rest in how much you have listened to your Master [teacher] but in how well you have listened. Even if you have listened well, you would benefit only if you can apply properly what you have heard to the circumstances...

Best Student & Teacher

Mar. 30 | The best Dharma student aspires to be the best teacher [a Buddha]. The best Dharma teacher aspires to be the best student [a good disciple of the Buddha(s), e.g. in Pure Land]. ~ Stonepeace
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