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Should Buddhists Play Matchmakers?

Sep. 13 | Question: Is it alright to matchmake good friends who are good in character? Answer: It does not accord with the Bodhisattva Precepts to do matchmaking – as it helps to perpetuate Samsara by encouraging attachment. You should encourage them to...

Should I Help Pay For Non-Vegan Food?

Sep. 6 | Question: I am a vegetarian and an aspiring vegan. As my workplace offers discount in an attached restaurant, friends like to visit to have meals with me, to also benefit from the staff discount I can get. However, they usually order meat dishes. I try...

How Did Dharma Ceremonies Originate?

Aug. 30 | Question: Were there Dharma ceremonies (法会) in the Buddha’s time? If not, how did they arise? Answer: The original meaning of Dharma ceremonies is more accurately ‘Dharma assemblies’ – where people assemble to learn the Dharma....

How To See Emptiness Of Forms?

Aug. 18 | Question: How do I practise to see emptiness, to depart from forms? I have tried asking myself where is the self-nature of phenomena (which does not exist), so as to not take them too seriously, and reminding myself that my self-nature (Buddha-nature)...

Can Precepts Really Be Broken Virtually?

Aug. 9 | Question: Does killing someone and stealing something in a computer game create any negative karma? Answer: The answer is not so straightforward. Despite the virtual nature of these deeds, it is to the extent that there is intention to actually kill,...

Should One’s Past Form Be Seen As Empty?

Aug. 2 | Question: It is said that we should not be attached to emptiness… Answer: … and not be attached to form too, while it is practically safer to be skilfully ‘attached’ to pure forms (such as that of Pure Land) as the best stepping...

How Do I Make Spiritual Vows?

Jul. 24 | Question: How do I make my own personal spiritual vows? Answer: You can announce your vows before a Buddha image in a proper Buddhist temple while kneeling, prostrating once upon saying each vow. If you wish to further express the sincerity and seriousness...

Should Buddhists Fear God?

Jul. 13 | Question: Someone suggested that even Buddhists should fear God. Is this sensible? Answer: How about asking which of the millions of gods worshipped throughout history should be the one feared? And how is one more threatening than the others? It...

Where Are ‘Religious’ Killers Reborn?

Jul. 5 | Question: When terrorists claim to kill in the name of a deity believed in, will they go to hell?  Answer: Yes, unfortunately, if there is no sincere repentance in time. This is so as such killing is always with greed (to win favour), hatred (for non-believers)...

How To Be Positive During Downturn?

Jun. 28 | Question: How do I stay positive during an economic downturn? As there is mid-life crisis with loss of direction and confidence, it is difficult to remain positive. Answer: There is no need to deliberately stay positive in an economic downturn as there...

Can Females Reordain As Buddhist Nuns?

Jun. 9 | Question: Can females ordain twice as Buddhist nuns? Answer: No, according to the record of this event and rule by the Buddha in the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya’s Section On Miscellaneous Matters’ 30th Scroll《根本说一切有部毘奈耶。杂事》卷三十,...

How Should We View Near Accidents?

Jun. 2 | Question: What is a karmic debt? Will it surely ripen in this lifetime? Answer: A karmic debt is simply negative karma created that has yet to ripen in effect. Its effects can be mitigated with positive karma, as can be seen at http://thedailyenlightenment.com/2009/08/how-to-easier-stomach-a-pinch-of-salt Sincere...

Should Buddhists Have Kids?

May. 27 | Question: When a child is born, he/she returns to the samsaric cycle of birth, ageing, sickness and death. If so, is desiring to have a child a mistake? Answer: Simply wanting a child is not a mistake, unless there is ill intention, of wanting the...

Is This Bad Karma Ripening?

May. 18 | Question: In my business, if I find many obstacles, with one after another, is it due to previous karma’s ripening?  Answer: Whenever there is suffering in any matter, it is due to past or present negative karma ripening, as combined with your...

Are Realms In Other Faiths Elsewhere?

May. 11 |   Question: Do realms of different faiths exist in different world systems (e.g. galaxies or such)? Or do they exist at similar frequencies (or dimensions)? Answer: In the Buddha’s completely enlightened perspective, some ‘extreme...