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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),...

Should ‘Buddha Candles’ Be Designed Or Used?

Jan. 11 | 依诸相好,而作佛像, 功德广大,无量无边, 不可称数。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (大乘造像功德经) Relying on all forms excellent, for making Buddha images, the meritorious virtues are broad and great, immeasurable and boundless, and...

How To Be ‘Ant-Man’ Without Shrinking!

Aug. 29 | Beyond the first Ant-man movie, many might not know that Ant-man in the comics later acquired the means to be Giant-man. But is it truly possible to shrink and enlarge at all, according to the usual laws of physics known, without becoming too dense or...

Are You Committed To Being Committed?

Jun. 12 | To let another down in a relationship, is also to let oneself down, in one’s relationship to oneself. – Stonepeace | Books A recurring theme in many Western movies, especially of the romantic comedy kind, is that when a pair of lovers (dating,...

Does ‘Laggies’ Lack Respect For Buddhism?

Jun. 4 | In the movie ‘Laggies’, there is a restaurant scene of Megan making childish squeaky noises while tweaking and laughing at the nipples of a ‘Laughing Buddha’ statue. (It is actually an image of Master Budai, a manifestation of...

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...

On Gassho, Dojo & Ailments

Feb. 23 | Modesty is the foundation of all the virtues. Let your neighbours find you before you make yourself known to them. – Chanyue Guanxiu (Suggestions for Disciples) Gassho Gassho is the Japanese equivalent of the Sanskrit ‘anjali’. It is...

Can I Read Dharma Books (On My Lap) While Eating?

Sep. 25 | Question: I once put a Dharma book on my lap for reading while eating. A fellow Buddhist commented that I should not do that. Does this create negative karma? Answer: Unless there is no other place to place them, it is better to place Dharma materials...

Can I Read Dharma Books On Bed?

Mar. 10 | Question: Some say it is disrespectful to read Buddhist materials or listen to Buddhist recordings while lying down flat, that we should sit upright to do so. Is it not alright to make ourselves comfortable? Answer: The idea that listening or reading...

Can Buddhists Chant In Restrooms & Bedrooms?

Feb. 17 | The true spiritual taboo is to embrace the three poisons, to let them grow unchecked. – Stonepeace | Get Books We often hear some Buddhists gravely discouraging the practice of chanting in toilets (restrooms) and bedrooms, deeming this to be most...

How To Repent For Disrespect?

Sep. 18 | Question: I did something very disrespectful before a Bodhisattva image. I am feeling extremely guilty and wish to express repentance. What is the best way? Answer: You can prostrate before the image and recite homage to the Bodhisattva’s name sincerely...

The Wonderful Open Secret Of Sincerity & Respect

Jan. 30 | With utmost sincerity and deepest reverence for a Dharma teaching learnt, there will be great diligence in practice, leading to realisation of its true goal and benefits. – Stonepeace Ultimately, when the practitioner recites (the name of Amituofo...

Is It Okay To Be Dressed Less In A Temple?

Jan. 22 | Question: I was brought up by elders with the traditional idea that I should dress more ‘respectably’ when visiting a Buddhist temple, e.g. keeping my legs covered. I notice some of my friends are comfortable with showing their legs though...

Can A Buddha Shrine Be Low?

Sep. 6 | Question: Can I use a hip height table or cupboard as a shrine for a Buddha image? Answer: It is alright if you and others around are comfortable with it. However, if possible, it should be placed higher, at least at eye level or above, as this facilitates...