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Can I Listen To The Dharma At Night?

Jul. 23 | Question: Is it not advisable to listen to pre-recorded Dharma teachings too late at night, in case it attracts unseen beings to come, who might cause disturbances? I am however only free at night to listen. Answer: There are unseen beings here and there,...

Clear Answers On Mixed Responses To Going Veg

Jul. 16 | Questions: Should Buddhists should be vegetarian? I received mixed ‘responses‘…. such as claims that the Buddha was not vegetarian, that he did not teach it, and that there are good Buddhists who are not vegetarians. What do you...

How To Give Wisely To Those Truly In Need?

Jul. 9 | Question: Once, a well-dressed lady walked up to me on a shopping street and asked for money for dinner. I gave her $2 but she asked for $10 persistently. I then walked away. On another occasion, a man who saw me praying at a temple showed me a scarred...

Is There A Wrong Time To Chant?

Jul. 2 | Question: Is there appropriate timing to recite the Repentance Verse, the name of Amitabha Buddha (Nianfo in terms of ‘Amituofo’) and the Verse For Sharing Of Merits? Someone told me they should not be done after a certain time at night. Answer:...

What If I Lack Time For Buddhist Classes?

Jun. 25 | Question: I hope to be able to come to Dharma class, if not strapped by work again. Time is running out, but I seem to have no choice but to choose working over learning. Answer: If being too busy recurs too often, there might need to see if it makes...

How Accurate Are Buddhist Scriptures?

Jun. 18 | Question: How accurate are the Buddhist sutras, as documentation of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings? Answer: Not all texts claimed to be Buddhist ‘scriptures’ are true ‘teachings’ of the Buddha, for if it was so, simply naming...

What Should ‘New’ House Owners Do?

Jun. 11 | Question: What should I do before entering my new apartment for the first time? Do I need to choose a day? Answer: No special dates are needed. When entering a ‘new’ house for the first time, the steps are similar to that of entering a hotel...

Can Offerings Be Offered Again?

Jun. 4 | Question: Can offerings made to the Buddha(s) or Bodhisattva{s) at their shrines be made to the deceased? Answer: Yes, they can be re-offered as suggested, after reasonable time, such as the span of a meal. Although the food is not really eaten, it is...

Can Buddhists Have Tattoos?

May. 28 | Question: Is it alright for Buddhists to have tattoos? Answer: Tattooing is okay… provided that what tattooed is not misrepresentative or disrespectful of the Buddhas (or any other enlightened beings), and the Buddhist teachings.  Even if a...

How Should We Handle Bad ‘Buddhist’ Examples?

May. 16 | Question: It is unfortunate that there are some persons, who like to tell others that they are staunch ‘Buddhists’, when their behaviour is far from good. What should we do? Answer: The truth is that there are bad examples in every religion. The...

Should Worldly Customs Override Spiritual Practice?

May. 8 | Question: If the 49th day after the passing of the deceased falls on the first day of the Chinese New Year (CNY), can the 7th post-death chanting ceremony be done before that day? Answer: NO. It should be done accordingly on the actual day. Although...

Does Killing Bacteria Break The First Precept?

May. 3 | Question: Does taking of antibiotics (which kill bacteria) constitute as killing, to create negative karma? Answer: While it is difficult to draw the solid line between sentient and non-sentient lifeforms, especially at the microscopic level, very...

Should Birthdays Be Celebrated With Meat Feasts?

Apr. 26 | Question: On celebrating kids’ birthdays, could it be the kids’ good karma that made the celebrations possible? Answer: Of course, it is the kids’ good karma to be able to have such celebrations, but it is due to good karma from past...

What If I’m Confused By Some Teachings?

Apr. 19 | Question: What if I find some teachers’ teachings confusing, and even potentially misleading? Answer: Never let the Buddha, his Dharma and yourself down. You should sincerely and politely clarify with them, to check your understanding. If it turns...

Should Buddhists Sell Killed Animals For Charity?

Apr. 18 | Question: Is it alright to collect whatever food sponsored, even if non-vegetarian, for selling, to raise funds in the name of Buddhism? Answer: Although this seems to be a little like random alms-seeking, it is not so… as there is active open...
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