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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...

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...

FAQs On The Pure Land Passport

Apr. 25 | Question: Why is it called so? Answer: As stated in the book’s first section at purelanders.com/passport, ‘As a skilful means to spur interest, this handy book is titled “The Pure Land Passport” – not because it is really required...

How Does Buddhism Explain Natural Disasters?

Apr. 19 | Question: Why are some places affected by natural disasters, including some religious places? Answer: Of course, there are scientific reasons to explain them, based on natural processes. However, there are also human-made causes, making natural disasters...

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,...

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...

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...

Did The Buddha Die Of Food-Poisoning In Old Age?

Mar. 19 | Question: How is it that the Buddha could have died at 80 years old due to eating spoiled pork? Answer: Since the Buddha already announced the date of his passing at least 3 months in advance, he did not die of ageing or sickness, as he was in total...

Why Are Plants Non-Sentient?

Mar. 8 | Question: If plants are also living things, why do they not have consciousnesses, like humans, animals and such? Answer: This question is similar to asking – ‘If apples are also fruits, why do they not taste like oranges?’ The answer...

Beware Of Anti-Dharma Slander

Mar. 6 | [Do See All 40 Posts] Recently, there is clearly unfounded online slander via a SINGLE source (directly or indirectly) with unknown background upon one of our editors. This page archives all corrective responses. Note too, that his complete biodata, which...

Letter To A Buddhist Centre For Kinder Offerings

Mar. 2 | Hello Venerable Sirs & Committee Members,  It would be great if we can encourage all to make and take vegan meal offerings (free of meat and other animal products, as they all come from continual animal exploitation and eventual killing) on major...

Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

Feb. 21 | Question: I am working at an accounting firm, which has a wide clientele across many different industries. One of them is food retailing. The firm does audit and advisory services for companies selling meat. I do not know if I am creating any negative...

Should I Learn Yoga Before Buddhism?

Feb. 11 | Question: I wish to introduce my friends and relatives to Buddhism through yoga, as there seems to be a link between the two, and since yoga is getting popular. However, I am not a yoga practitioner, and would need to learn how it relates to Buddhism...

Are Stray-Feeders Bodhisattvas?

Jan. 24 | Question: Can one who feeds strays be considered doing Bodhisattva practice? Answer: It depends on whether the animals are fed with other animals (meat and produce – that come from killing, and/or from exploited animals who are eventually killed)....

How To Convince Karma Exists?

Jan. 17 | Question: How do I convince someone that there is the cause and effect of karma?  Answer: This is a question you can ask… If he/she does not believe in cause and effect, why does he/she not rob in broad daylight? Obviously, this is because...
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