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Does Staff Retrenchment Create Bad Karma?

May. 15 | Question: If higher management requires reorganisation by retrenchment of workers, will I create negative karma by being part of the decision-making? Answer: Realistically, the company does not owe the staff a living. So, as the bosses decide, if some...

The Girl Who Ate Too Many Lollipops

May. 4 | The law of karma affects all, positively and negatively, according to that done, especially negatively for those who think it does not affect them. – Stonepeace | Books The girl had a short-sighted view of cause and effect. Lollipops eaten now were...

Will I Create Negative Karma By Not Being A Guarantor To Help?

May. 4 | Question: Will I create negative karma by not being a relative’s guarantor for buying a house? As he has a high rolling credit card debt, I am worried that the loan might not be serviceable. Answer: You will need to consider carefully if being...

The Sūtras With Ultimate Compassion And Wisdom

Apr. 25 | 愿我命终时, 除灭诸障碍, 面见阿弥陀, 往生安乐国。 – 文殊师利菩萨 《文殊师利发愿经》 May I [Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva], when life [is] ending, eradicate all obstacles, [to] personally see Amitā[bha Buddha come...

Verses On Looks

Apr. 19 | 见端正人,当愿众生, 于佛菩萨,常生净信。 见丑陋人,当愿众生, 于不善事,不生乐著。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第86-87偈) Seeing proper-looking persons, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, in...

Existential Chats In ‘Café Society’

Apr. 19 | In ‘Café Society’ is discussion of some interesting existential issues. Bobby exclaims, ‘[W]hen the end’s near, you need something… I have to know that all this just doesn’t end… I need to believe that...

Verses On Sickness

Apr. 13 | 见无病人,当愿众生, 入真实慧,永无病恼。 见疾病人,当愿众生, 知身空寂,离乖诤法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第84-85偈) Seeing persons without sickness, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, enter...

Can One Be Addicted To Buddhism?

Apr. 13 | Question: Some say religion, including Buddhism, can lead to indulgence or addiction. Or if put in a condescending way, lead to fanaticism. How should I respond? Answer: (As we cannot speak for all who respond in various ways to various religions,...

A Buddhist Retells The Myth Of Sisyphus

Apr. 7 | If it is meaningless to be trapped in birth and death, what meaningful would be to seek liberation from birth and death. [to be continued…] – Stonepeace | Books In the Greek myth of Sisyphus, he was supposedly the ‘wisest’ of humans,...

Does Aversion At Buddha Images Create Negative Karma?

Apr. 7 | Question: When I visited a temple, the Buddha statue there seemed to stir up some aversion in me, as its face did not look peaceful or compassionate to me. Does this feeling create negative karma? The fierce statues of Dharma Protectors do not give...

Complex Haiku

Mar. 28 | Nothing is more complex than simplification.

What To Chant Before Buddha & Bodhisattva Images?

Mar. 28 | Question: What should I chant if I wish to pay respects before images of different Buddhas (e.g. Medicine Buddha) and Bodhisattvas (e.g. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva)? I only know how to chant ‘Amituofo’ (Amitabha Buddha; 阿弥陀佛).  Answer: If...

It’s A Very Very ‘Mad World’

Mar. 28 | ‘Mad World’ (一念无明) accurately depicts of how the mentally ill, who deserve more empathy by society get more demonisation instead. Much more dangerous than the extremely rare ‘raving lunatics’, are the masses’...

An Outsider’s Review Of ‘The Outsider’

Mar. 19 | ‘The Outsider’ tells a fictitious tale of how a foreigner (gaijin) joined a yakuza gang, rising in its ranks to be its most ‘honourable’ leader. Often the case, such stories depict the fierce sense of ‘honour’ among,...

A Buddhist Retells The Myth Of Orpheus & Eurydice

Mar. 8 | 爱不重, 不生娑婆。 念不一, 不生极乐。 – 杨次公 (宋) (If greedy) attachment is not heavy, there will not be birth in this Saha World. If mindfulness (of Amituofo) is not wholehearted, there will not be birth in (his Pure Land...
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