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Are There Buddhist Wealth Gods?

Feb. 11 | Question: Does the god of wealth (财神) exist? Is there an equivalent in Buddhism? Answer: In Chinese culture, there are some characters believed and worshipped as gods of wealth, some of whom might be mythological, and some based on historical...

Should Buddhists Take Their Time Spiritually?

Jan. 2 | 生死事大, 光阴可惜。 无常迅速,时不待人。— 寺院钟板文Birth and death is a matter big,and time available is regrettably little.With impermanence swift,time does not wait for one.— Text On Temple Sounding Board Some...

‘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...

Why You Should Be More Giving Now (Or ‘Death Cleaning For Better Living’)

Mar. 27 | Giving what others need now will create merits, which can manifest as what we really need later. – Shilashanti In the Avadāna Sūtra《阿婆陀那经》, Velāma Bodhisattva (韦罗摩菩萨) had the following reflection – ‘People speak...

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...

Craving To Have King Midas’ Golden Touch?

Apr. 13 | All that glisters is not gold— Often have you heard that told. Many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold. Gilded tombs do worms enfold. – The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare) In the Greek myth of King Midas’ golden touch,...

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,...

Cent Haiku

Sep. 6 | Even zillionaires cannot carry a single cent to their next lives.

How Attachment To Fame & Wealth Harms

Jun. 2 | Though you become famous and many bow to you, And you gain riches to equal Vaishravana’s [a wealth deity], See that worldly fortune is without essence, And be unconceited – This is the practice of bodhisattvas. – 37 Practices Of Bodhisattvas:...

How Should Buddhists Invest?

May. 25 | Question: How do we know what financial investments are truly ethical, as the companies (corporations, banks, insurance firms…) invested in have free rein to further invest in livelihoods which might be harmful to sentient beings? (E.g. trade in...

Are You As ‘Poor’ As You Think?

Jun. 6 | It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. – Seneca José Alberto ‘Pepe’ Mujica Cordano is the current president of Uruguay, who is described to be ‘the world’s “poorest”...

Rich Or Poor?

Feb. 29 | Always craving, always poor, even if always rich. Always content, always rich, even if always poor. – Stonepeace

Small Is Beautiful

Dec. 21 | The most simple way to attain sufficiency is the best. The most complex way to attain excesses is the worst. ~ Stonepeace While the materialist is mainly interested in goods, the Buddhist is mainly interested in liberation. But Buddhism is “The...
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