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Is There A Proper Way To Prostrate?

Mar. 1 | Question: I saw an elderly woman scolding a younger woman in a Buddhist temple for not prostrating properly, insisting that she must follow the proper way or she might ‘go to hell’! She was taken aback, trying to explain that she believes...

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),...

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...

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....

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...

Can I Write On Sutra Books?

Mar. 18 | Question: I have written notes in the margins of a sutra book to help me understand its Dharma terms. However, someone told me that I should not write anything on the book as it is disrespectful. Is this true? Answer: Not writing on sutra books is...

Should Buddhists Wear Buddha Images?

Mar. 2 | Question: Some say that wearing Buddha jade pendants creates negative karma as this disrespects the Buddha. I do wear one but respect the Buddha. Can I continue wearing it? Answer: Jade by itself as an ordinary material is no cause for concern. Let us...

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...

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...

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...

The Gold Standard Test For Truth

Jan. 21 | Do not rely merely on the person, but on the words; Do not rely merely on the words, but on their meaning; Do not rely merely on the provisional meaning, but on the definitive meaning; and Do not rely merely on intellectual understanding, but on direct...

Why Go On A Buddhist Pilgrimage?

Nov. 28 | All true pilgrimages without are truly pilgrimages within too, towards the immediate holy ‘site’ of our Buddha-nature. – Stonepeace In the last sermon (Mahaparinibbana Sutta) by the Buddha, Ananda, his attendant disciple, remarked that...