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Where Evil Starts

Dec. 6 | 一切恶事,虛妄为本。   – 释迦牟尼佛  《涅槃经》   All evil matters,are with falsehood as the root. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra)

Thought, Word & Deed

Oct. 19 | If pure, think it appropriately.If true, say it appropriately.If right, do it appropriately.  If impure do not think it.If untrue, do not say it.If not right, do not do it.        – Nowanden

Can Truths Be Invalidated By Disbelief?

Oct. 19 | Even the theoretical ‘truth’ that there are no truths is a ‘truth’ if it is true, that invalidates itself. – Nowanden (Part 1) Will one who ‘renounced’ the Triple Gem to embrace another faith still be ‘haunted’...

How To Check Your ‘Dharma’

Oct. 1 | Carefully studying the sentences word by word,one should trace them in the Discourses (Sutras)and verify them by the Discipline (Vinaya). If they are neither traceable in the Discoursesnor verifiable by the Discipline,one must conclude thus, certainly,...

Are Animal Communication Courses Alright?

Jul. 30 | Question: Are courses which claim to teach tactics to communicate with animals alright?   Answer: There is need to know what they entail, to know if they are ethical and sensible. For example, some supposedly teach ‘telepathy’. However,...

A Stoic’s Daily Zen-like Self-Review

Jul. 24 | Our spiritual health demands  that we let go of anger,  or else it will never let go of us.   – Seneca Seneca, to judge by his self-presentation in his writings, was a self-reflective and inward-looking man. He describes, in one of the passages...

How To Know Who Is Not A Buddha

Jul. 11 | 因地不真, 果招纡曲。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《楞严经》 [With the] causal ground [or direction] not true [at the start, the] fruit [or effect] attracted [will be with] twists and turns, [away from the true goal]. – Śākyamuni Buddha (Śūraṅgama...

‘Arrival’ Of Mis/communication

Jul. 8 | In ‘Arrival’, a language expert (Dr. Banks) requested to ask another ‘expert’ on the Sanskrit word for ‘war’ and its translation. The reply was ‘gravisti’, and that is means ‘an argument’. Banks...

‘I Am Mother’ Of Project Human Being?

Jun. 24 | In the probable event that there is very advanced A.I (Artificial Intelligence), will you trust it, if embodied in a single robot? To push the thought experiment to the extreme, what if you were brought up by this very robot, while you had never interacted...

How Accurate Are Buddhist Scriptures?

Jun. 18 | Question: How accurate are the Buddhist sutras, as documentation of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings? Answer: Not all texts claimed to be Buddhist ‘scriptures’ are true ‘teachings’ of the Buddha, for if it was so, simply naming...

Who Are You Behind That Mask? (‘Hema Hema’s Dharma Drama On Karma)

May. 23 | What if there is an secret camp of sorts, amidst the mountains, where for a fortnight, all don masks to hide their true identities, and are free to do whatever they wish? There, almost anything goes, though there are some basic rules to ensure there...

Consideration Haiku

May. 16 | Consider the critic,* Consider the criticism,* Consider the criticised.* *for credibility and truthfulness

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 Noble Abstain From False, Divisive, Harsh & Frivolous Speech

May. 8 | Renounce falseness and cultivate trustworthiness. Renounce divisiveness and cultivate harmoniousness. Renounce harshness and cultivate peacefulness. Renounce frivolousness and cultivate meaningfulness. – Shilashanti Kālāmas, a learned noble disciple...

Some Truths Revealed On Revealed ‘Truths’

May. 3 |   ‘Come Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by  [1] repeated hearing; nor  [2] upon tradition; nor  [3] upon rumor; nor  [4] upon what is in a scripture; nor  [5] upon surmise; nor  [6] upon an axiom; nor  [7] upon specious...
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