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Are There Buddhist Wealth Gods?

Feb. 11 | Question: Does the god of wealth (财神) exist? Is there an equivalent in Buddhism? Answer: In Chinese culture, there are some characters believed and worshipped as gods of wealth, some of whom might be mythological, and some based on historical...

How To Say ‘Thanks, But No Thanks’ Nicely?

Feb. 4 | Question: How can I reply someone who persistently invites me to his activities of another faith to try to convert me, despite knowing I am not interested? Answer: If invited again, how about thanking him, and replying by inviting him to your...

Should Vegans Give Away Non-Vegan Food?

Jan. 28 | Question: As vegans, when having accidentally received non-vegan food (or drinks), what best should be done? Some would give them to non-vegan friends, as they themselves ‘cannot’ consume them, while these friends ‘can’. Is...

How Should New Vegans Handle Old Non-Vegan Stuff?

Jan. 21 | Question: As I am aspiring to be a Buddhist vegan also committing to the Five Precepts, what should I do with old non-vegan stuff like wool shawls and leather bags? Since they are already bought, should I continue using them till they are damaged?...

Does Āmítuófó Have A Sexist Vow?

Jan. 14 | Question: The 35th Vow of Amitābha Buddha (阿弥陀佛: Āmítuófó) says that ‘if there are women who hear my name (i.e. are sincerely mindful of it), with joyful faith, give rise to Bodhicitta, and loathe the female body, after the...

How To Know If One Is A Bodhisattva Or Buddha As Claimed?

Jan. 7 | Question: How do we tell if those who claim to be manifestations of the enlightened are truly so? Answer: This can be done by asking about what enlightened beings should perfectly know. For instance, the most popularly abused name of a Bodhisattva...

Should Buddhists Worry About End Of The World?

Dec. 31 | Question: What does Buddhism say about the end of the world? Answer: As Buddhism speaks of the whole universe, with many planets and such, its teachings are not merely earth-centric. Since nothing physical in Saṃsāra (i.e. cycle of rebirth)...

Four Queries On Buddhist Images & Ancestral Tablets

Dec. 24 | [1] Is It Inauspicious To Keep A Damaged Buddhist Image? Question: Is it inauspicious to keep a Buddha or Bodhisattva image with a defect, such as a missing finger at home? Answer: The defect is but a reminder of neglect, that it should...

Is Cultured Meat Considered Vegetarian Or Vegan?

Dec. 17 | Question: A documentary describes how chicken nuggets can be cultured from chicken feathers. Is such food considered vegetarian or vegan?Answer: The starter product as feather cells is vegetarian, as it is not meat, but the end product is meat....

How To Prevent Breaking Of Precepts & What To Do When They Are Broken

Dec. 10 | Question: After committing to the precepts, what should be done if one breaks them? Answer: There should be sincere repentance to express remorse and resolution to not repeat the mistake again. This can be done with chanting of the Repentance...

Do Bodhisattvas Help Non-Believers?

Dec. 3 | Question: Can those who do not believe in Bodhisattvas be saved by them? Answer: The very definition of Bodhisattvas is that they are those who aspire to guide all beings to Buddhahood, which is the ultimate salvation, liberation from all suffering,...

How Tall Was The Buddha?

Nov. 26 | Question: How tall was Śākyamuni Buddha? Answer: In Chinese Buddhist texts, the Buddha is usually described to be ‘丈六八尺’ in height, which is ‘one zhàng and six chǐs or eight chǐs. How tall are both measurements?...

Do Animals Who Kill Create Negative Karma?

Nov. 12 | Question: Do animals who kill other animals create negative karma, or are they ‘excused’? Answer: Animals might kill with less actual viciousness; with more instinctive violence for food. (However, some animals like cats do catch and...

Will I Be Ready For Refuge & Precepts?

Nov. 5 | Question: If I hesitate taking the Threefold Refuge and committing to the Five Precepts, am I belittling their importance? Will I ever be ready?  Answer: It might be so, that there is ‘belittlement’, especially if you already think so....

What Creates The Most Positive Karma?

Oct. 29 | Answer: Killing creates the most negative karma. But if ways of breaking other precepts create equivalent harm, they are the same in negativity. Refraining from killing creates some positive karma but the true opposite of killing is liberating sentient...
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