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Why Merits Can Only Be Partially Dedicated?

Oct. 18 | Question: Why is it that when there is chanting or doing good in the name of another, that the person can only receive one-seventh of the merits, while six-sevenths are received by the chanters or practitioners? Answer: This is a natural law, as realised...

Are You Waiting For Your ‘Guru’ To Find You?

Sep. 13 | 当来之世,经道灭尽, 我以慈悲哀愍,特留此经 ,止住百岁。 其有众生,值斯经者,随意所愿,皆可得度。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《无量寿经》 In the world of the future, when the paths of the sutras [to enlightenment]...

Can A Parent’s Negative Karma Ripen Through A Child?

Feb. 16 | We are all interconnected together, though with various degrees apart, known and seen, or not. ― Stonepeace | Books As one creates positive and negative karma personally, these good and bad karmic seeds thus ripen accordingly, when conditions are...

Where Best To Go When This Life Ends?

Sep. 30 | 具缚凡夫, 有大悲心, 愿生恶世, 救苦众生者, 无有是处。 – 大智度论 (龙树菩萨) For bound ordinary beings, who have the mind of great compassion, and aspire for birth in this evil period, to save suffering sentient...

What If You Can Fulfil ‘Absolutely Anything’?

May. 18 | Sampled by ‘superior’ aliens, Neil is lent the power to wish absolutely anything to reality. It was a test to see if humans know good from evil, to deserve life as usual, or to be destroyed – if deemed too stupid and dangerous to the rest...

Why The Chinese Canon Is As Important As The Pali Canon

Mar. 18 | (Why The Pali Canon Does Not Represent All Of Buddhism) Availability of pure teachings depends on our availability of reverence, diligence and merits. – Anonone From Foreword by Roderick S. Bucknell, University of Queensland: ‘Here the author...

The Seven Limbs As Antidotes To Afflictions

Feb. 17 | Revere the more enlightened to rid pride. Learn their teachings and ask to rid ignorance and doubt. Repent and radiate loving-kindness to rid hatred. Rejoice of others’ well-being to rid jealousy. Give to the needy and worthy to rid greed. Dedicate...

Can You See The ‘Buddha’ In That ‘Cloud’?

Feb. 3 | To see things as they are, we need to see them not in the ways we are. – Stonepeace | Books When we gaze at a bunch of clouds, there is a high chance that we will habitually make out a puff to resemble something familiar. This tendency to seek and...

What Happens After Suicide & How Can We Help?

Aug. 10 | Question: If one committed suicide, is there anything we can do to help the person? Is it true that the person will undergo seven lifetimes of suffering thereafter? Answer: It is generally agreed that the act of suicide is so drastic and impressionable...

Are Prayers For The Distant Deceased Helpful?

Jul. 14 | Question: When a famous but non-religious person dies and people of various faiths hold religious and memorial services with prayers and well wishes in the name of that person in their own places of worship, where will the deceased go to (e.g. be reborn)? Answer:...

Dedication Of Merits

Jan. 13 | 回向偈 Verse For Dedication Of Merits 愿以此功德,   May I, with these meritorious virtues, 普及以一切。Universally dedicate them to all. 我与等众生,   May I, with other sentient beings, 皆共成佛道。All together accomplish...

How Are Amituofo’s 18th, 19th & 20th Vows Related?

Sep. 28 | Question: As Vow #18, #19 and #20 of Amituofo (Amitabha Buddha) seem somewhat similar yet different, can you compare and contrast them for better appreciation of their intricacies? Answer: The overall significance of these 3 great Vows is immeasurably...

Should I Dedicate Merits To Myself First?

Aug. 20 | Question: Having contributed to a charity, a friend advised that I should make a personal wish before dedicating merits from the act to all beings. But I have also heard that dedication should be to all first. Which is more appropriate? Answer: Actually,...

Is Mercy-Killing Really Merciful?

Jan. 26 | Question: My dog is very sick. Is there any Buddhist chant to help her feel better, or prepare for a better rebirth? Answer: Yes. (All of the advice below is applicable to humans as well…) There are many Buddhist ways to help. Here is perhaps one...

Should We Share Merits With Our ‘Enemies’?

Jan. 20 | Karma is our Mama, for we are born from our karma. – Stonepeace | Get Books Is there a need to share merits, even with those who treat us selfishly, or negatively in some way? Yes, the sharing of merits should always include all sentient beings,...