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How To Handle Someone In A Rush?

Nov. 8 | Question: I was sick at at a clinic. There was a patient there who complained that she had wasted time waiting for an hour, asking if the next in line can let her go first, so that she can go home to take care of her child. Everyone remained silent....

How Should Buddhists View Politics?

Nov. 1 | Question: What is the Buddhist view of politics? When there is social injustice due to politics, how should Buddhists approach it as concerned citizens? Answer: The Buddha personally, after renouncing his royal status, also renounced all political...

Are Cordyceps Considered Vegetarian?

Oct. 25 | Question: Are cordyceps considered vegetarian? Answer: There are cordyceps that are grown out of the bodies of caterpillars, usually sold retaining the form of caterpillars. As the definition of what is ‘vegetarian’ is that it must be free...

Does Blood Donation Break Any Precept?

Oct. 17 | Question: Does blood donation break any Buddhist precept? Answer: Voluntary donation of blood does not break any precept at all. In fact, it upholds the spirit of the First Precept, as not only is there no killing, there is its opposite – the...

Can Chanting Where The Deceased Are Not At Benefit Them?

Oct. 11 | Question: Is it alright to practise chanting at other temples or Buddhist centres, where ancestral tablets of deceased loved ones are not placed, while still benefiting them? Answer: Yes, as dependent on the factors that follow… Unless there...

Is Lab-Grown Meat Ethical?

Oct. 4 | Question: Is lab-grown meat (i.e. cultured meat; clean meat; in vitro meat) ethical from the Buddhist perspective? Answer: It must be noted that starter cells from animals are used in the initial stage of growing lab-grown meat. Though its production...

Am I At Fault For Not Finishing Shared Food?

Sep. 27 | Question: When people are unable to finish shared food, they tend to pass the dishes around to clear them. If I am the last one but cannot finish it, would I be at fault for wasting food? Answer: It would be everyone’s collective fault since...

Do Doctors Create Negative Karma By Healing?

Sep. 20 | Question: When a doctor heals a patient, does the doctor personally create negative karma, by not allowing the patient’s negative karma to ripen naturally? Answer: No. As the doctor’s intention is to restore the patient’s well-being,...

Why Does The Bad Happen To The Good?

Sep. 13 | Question: Why do good things happens to bad people, and bad things happen to good people? Answer: The question has two wrong premises – that only good things happen to bad people, and that only bad things happen to good people. Of course, this cannot...

How To Clean A Buddha Statue?

Sep. 5 | Question: How do I clean a Buddha statue? Answer: You can use a clean and dedicated cloth to wipe with some water. Take note that if there is paintwork on the statue, it might be wiped off. Thus, it is best to be gentle and to not use chemicals. To ensure...

Should An Unethical Job Be Done For Survival?

Aug. 29 | Question: A relative recently got a job offer after months of unemployment. However, the company deals with supply of slaughtered animals. Is this alright? Answer: It is not alright, as it is not ethical. The Buddha taught to avoid livelihoods that...

Is Sponsoring Of Buddha Images To Create Them?

Aug. 22 | Question: A Buddhist temple has fund-raising, calling for sponsorship for many small Buddha images in its Buddha hall. Is offering of these Buddha images (供佛像) by donations classified as creating of Buddha images (塑佛像)? Answer: As 塑佛像...

Can A Buddhist Shrine Be Near A Dining Table?

Aug. 15 | Question: Can a Buddhist shrine (with a Bodhisattva image) be set up very near – right in front of a dining table at home? Answer: If family members are going to be eating killed animals (i.e. meat) there regularly, it is better to place the table...

Are These IVF Choices Killing?

Aug. 8 | Question: During the process of IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation, for ‘test tube babies’), ‘extra’ embryos (fertilised eggs) are [1] donated to other potential mothers, [2] donated for research, [3] kept frozen indefinitely or [4]...

Do Donations To The Corrupted Create Bad Karma?

Aug. 1 | Question: If I made donations to an organisation now realised to be corrupted, will there be negative karma on my part if they use the money for not so good purposes? Answer: As karma is created based on intentions accordingly, if your intentions were...
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