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Do We Experience Pure Coincidences?

Dec. 21 | Question: Are my similar experiences purely coincidental, or all due to X? Answer: In this universe of cause and effect, there are never any ‘pure coincidences’, as in totally random or chance events experienced. While what happens in our...

How To Encourage A Busy Housewife?

Dec. 13 | Question: My housewife friend said she is fed up with her spouse and children not helping with housework, and that her son stays home too much. Is there advice I can share? Answer: Her taking care of the family is right, since she is a full-time housewife....

Is Suffering A Blessing?

Nov. 30 | Question: Is it true that ‘to suffer is a blessing’ (吃亏是福)? Answer: No. If ‘to suffer is a blessing’, the Buddha would not have given a single teaching on how to overcome suffering at all. Yet, his central messages are...

Should I Work In A Prison?

Nov. 23 | Question: According to Buddhist teachings, is it morally alright to work in a prison? What if one’s work is linked to prisoners facing the death sentence? Answer: It is alright to work in a prison, so long as it is a fair prison, where the incarcerated...

Should I Donate Some Now Or All Later?

Nov. 16 | Question: Is the positive karma created the same, between donating all of one’s wealth before death, versus writing a will to do so after death? Answer: If the amount is the same, with equal generosity and non-attachment when alive and deceased,...

How & Why Do We Comply With Others’ Wishes?

Nov. 3 | Question: What does ‘compliance with sentient beings’ (恒顺众生) mean basically, and how do we practise it in daily life? It seems difficult, especially when dealing with children. Answer: In terms of complying, this is to go with the...

Who Decides Who Is A Bodhisattva?

Oct. 28 | Question: If a Bodhisattva is not supposed to declare oneself as one, who declared the famous Bodhisattvas to be so in history? Answer: There is a difference between announcing aspiration to walk the Bodhisattva path, and being an actual great Bodhisattva....

What To Relate To The Triple Gem?

Oct. 24 | Question: Is there a right attitude we should have when relating to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arhats, the Dharma (the Buddhist teachings), the Sangha and Dharma teachers? Answer: What mentioned above included the Triple Gem (Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha),...

Which Hell Will The Evil Be Born In?

Oct. 15 | Question: Do evil-doers of different religions go to the same hell after death, or do they go to different hells run by hell-beings of their respective faiths? What about free-thinkers? Answer: The realm of hell is universally reached by those who had...

Can I Keep A Bird Who Flew In My Window?

Oct. 7 | Question: Animals should not be held captive unwillingly, but a small coloured bird flew into our apartment. An expert said he might be attacked by crows if he was someone’s pet. Perhaps the owner will put up a ‘lost’ notice, but in...

How To Easier Chant Guanyin Bodhisattva’s Name?

Sep. 30 | Question: I have been chanting Guanyin Bodhisattva’s name with this long format – ‘南无大慈大悲救苦救难广大灵感观世音菩萨摩诃萨‘ (Namo Daci Dabei Jiuku Jiunan Guangda Linggan Guanshiyin Pusa Mohesa: Homage to and...

Does Chanting Lead To Seeing Of Spirits?

Sep. 23 | Question: Someone said he sees more spirits (ghost beings) when he chants. Is this supposed to happen? If chanting attracts spirits, is it good for us? Answer: If what said is true, why this happened depends on what is chanted, where and when it was...

Should I Bow Before All Buddha Images?

Sep. 12 |   Question: When we encounter Buddhist temples with many images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and/or Arhats, should we prostrate to all of them? Answer: There should at least be complete sets of prostrations before the central images in the main halls....

Do Buddhas & Bodhisattvas Only Help Those Faithfully Mindful Of Them?

Aug. 24 | Question: Is it such that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas only help those who are mindful of them, who pray to them for help with sincere faith? Answer: Having perfect compassion and skilful means, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas also help those who are not mindful...

Should We Receive Charitable Donations From All?

Aug. 18 | Question: Is it alright to receive donations from sources that we know are not ethical trades according to the Buddha’s teachings? E.g. Sponsorships from lottery boards and liquor companies. While their intention seems good, their sources of income...