Buddhism

Can our offerings reach the departed relatives

Starting from now or even last week, the Chinese have started visiting cemetries to honor the department- buy burning paper items, hell money and serving the department with food. First, there would be a gotong royong, followed by the entire family having a picnic on the grave area. Now, for convenience, families sometimes buy fast [...]

Why Self-Help Books/ Therapy Sometimes Doesn’t Help

Self-help books always seemed to find themselves on the top of New York Time’s best seller list at any given moment. Of course, this goes along side with the latest diet fad. If self-help books are so useful, why do you find there are never ending demands for new self-help books or new theories of [...]

Spiritual Partner

Picture above is taken from a wall painting in the Burmest Temple in Burmah Road, Penang, Malaysia (click on picture for a bigger view). Below is extracted from the Notes section (page 478) of Venerable Acariya Mun Bhuridatta Thera- A Spiritual Biography: Spiritual partner. Literally, “one’s partner in developing the spiritual perfections (parami). Most living [...]

Answers in life….

Ever since I was young, I always searched for answers about life. I tried to unlock the secrets and mysteries of events and people around me. What can I say? I am an extremely complicated kid… sometimes too complicated and analytical for my own good… Or perhaps I was just a very lonely kid that [...]

A Tribute to the late Chief Reverend Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda

On 31 Aug 2006, many mourn the lost of beloved Chief Reverend, Chief Buddhist monk for both Malaysia and Singapore. I have a lot to thank Chief Reverend because he has touched my life in so many ways. He has introduced to me and many, the life of being a Buddhist- that Buddhism is simply [...]