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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...

Do You Believe In The Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Mar. 22 | No god, no brahma can be called the maker [creator] of this wheel of life [and death]; just empty phenomena roll on [without fixed forms], [inter]dependent on [changing] conditions [are] all. – Visuddhimagga (XIX) The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM)...

Where Did God Come From?

Feb. 16 | Question: I was chatting with a friend when she asked, ‘If there is no God, where do we come from?’ How should I answer? Answer: For the Buddhist perspective, you can answer in this way – ‘If we came from a God, where did that God...

‘St. Vincent’ Or ‘Just Vincent’?

Jan. 25 | A school teacher who is a brother at St. Stephen’s School asks his class if anyone knows what a saint is. A girl replies that saints are ‘individuals who display and act out of exceptional holiness’. The brother replies – ‘that’s...

Hail Humour Of ‘Hail, Caesar!’

Aug. 18 | The following is perhaps the most interesting part of the critically acclaimed ‘Hail, Caesar!‘ It is an argument over the nature of God, as believed by some faiths. (You can catch the humourously depicted debate at https://youtube.com/watch?v=KJEiDRi4Itc)...

Is There A God Who Allows Suffering?

Apr. 13 | With more selfless empathy, more will realise that when ‘others’ suffer, all of us as ‘one’ suffer, and all should help all. – Stonepeace | Books According to an article in ‘The Independent’ on the 18 Jan 2015,...

‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ After Clarification!

Apr. 6 | Don’t be distracted by the powers of Superman versus the hi-tech weapons of Batman… for this is mostly a tale of super miscommunication, or rather, lack of communication. In one corner is Superman, a ‘god-like’ figure so powerful...

Is There An Almighty, All-Good & All-Wise Creator?

Aug. 29 | The most mighty, good and knowing ones possible are the Buddhas, having the most powerful skilful means (superpotence) with perfect compassion (omnibenevolence) and wisdom (omniscience) for guiding all to be free from suffering. – Stonepeace | Books If...

Can Buddhists Pray To Gods?

Mar. 5 | Question: Is it alright for Buddhists to just pray as form of respect to deities (gods), but not to request anything from them? Answer: It is alright for Buddhists to express respect but there should not be a sense of utmost reverence and absolute refuge,...

How To Have Harmonious Inter-Religious Dialogue

Mar. 5 | Question: While chatting on our faiths, I said that a difference between Buddhism and god-centric faiths, is how gods are seen as still trapped within the six realms of existence, susceptible to karmic fall and rebirth, and are thus spiritually lesser...

Truth Over ‘The Theory Of Everything’

Jan. 27 | ‘The Theory Of Everything’ has the acronym TOE. But it is the other TOE that is much more interesting – the Truth Of Everything; not mere theories, no matter how grand. Beyond the mathematics and workings of physics, truth is ultimately...

Why Tezuka’s ‘Buddha’ Is No Buddha

Dec. 3 | click to enlarge In Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Buddha’ comic book series, the above was depicted towards the end of the fourth book, and adapted into ‘Buddha 2’, part of its animated trilogy. The book’s scenes are summarised...

Can Ghosts & Gods Punish & Reward Humans?

Mar. 25 | Question: I learnt that unseen beings comprising of ghosts and gods are able to read minds. Do they have the power to reward or punish a person after having read one’s good or bad thoughts? Answer: You can just think of them as humans like us. For...

Are Buddhas Omnipotent, Omnibenevolent & Omniscient?

Nov. 14 | The Buddhas are perfectly capable ‘Teachers of Humans and Gods’ as they have perfected their humanity and transcended the compassion and wisdom of even the greatest yet unenlightened gods. – Anonone Can there be a creator of the universe,...

Difference Between Faith & Respect

Sep. 6 | For one to take refuge, there must be respect. For one to have respect, there need not be refuge. – Stonepeace Since faith and respect are different, respect for other religions does not mean we must have faith in their doctrines. For example. I...