Summer Series 2018: Could Confucian thought help us save our Earth?

Written by Chan Kei Nin, Illustrated by Ngiam Li Yi Economic concerns remain one of the largest obstacles that environmental protection efforts come up against, given our penchant for non-sustainable economic practices or practices which utilise non-renewable energy sources (which we often take to yield greatest utility for us). A conflict is frequently shown between … Continue reading Summer Series 2018: Could Confucian thought help us save our Earth?

Longform: The Child-turned Dharma Wheel – An Analysis of Chapter 26 of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra

Written by Zulhaqem Zulkifli Chapter 26 (On the Action of the Child) of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra (Chinese: 大般涅槃經 / Sanskrit: महायान महापरिनिर्वाण सूत्र), is a strange and fascinating portion in the entire corpus of the Sutra. Reading it, one cannot be blamed if one thinks that this chapter seems to be arbitrarily placed into the … Continue reading Longform: The Child-turned Dharma Wheel – An Analysis of Chapter 26 of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra

Essay: The Paradox of Buddha-Nature – Vasubandhu and Tiantai Buddhism

Written by Ng Ling Xuan, Photograph by Ngiam Li Yi Buddha-nature can be analogised as enlightenment, which is the typical goal for the Buddhist after realizing the Four Noble Truths and practising the Noble Eightfold Path by accumulating good karma, developing meditational wisdom and thereby extricating from suffering. This could be physical suffering, or suffering … Continue reading Essay: The Paradox of Buddha-Nature – Vasubandhu and Tiantai Buddhism

Longform: Zhuangzi’s “Perfect Words” – A Variation of “Goblet Words”

Written and Illustrated by Koo Hao Wei I. Introduction The term “perfect words” is specific only to the Outer Chapters of Zhuangzi. It is first introduced in Heaven and Earth, then appeared in Tian Zifang and Knowledge Wandered North, although not much is explained about its meaning. There are no scholarly works in the English … Continue reading Longform: Zhuangzi’s “Perfect Words” – A Variation of “Goblet Words”

Conversation: Dr. Brook Ziporyn

Current Philosophy Undergraduates Zulhaqem Zulkifli and Koo Hao Wei sat down to interview Dr Brook Ziporyn, a visiting scholar from the University of Chicago who taught HY4113 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy: Theories of Buddha-Nature at Nanyang Technological University. They talked about Daoist and Buddhist philosophy, buskering, and language immersion. Zul: The first thing we … Continue reading Conversation: Dr. Brook Ziporyn

Essay: Religious Afterlife and The Problem of Personal Identity

Written by Chan Kei Nin, Artwork by Hoo Yan Han Most world religions believe in an afterlife. Abrahamic religions like Islam and Christianity tend to believe in resurrection, while Dharmaic religions like Buddhism and Hinduism tend to believe in reincarnation. Be it Abrahamic or Dharmaic, in order for an afterlife to be meaningful or relevant … Continue reading Essay: Religious Afterlife and The Problem of Personal Identity