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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...

Can Buddhists Convert To Other Religions?

Jul. 26 | Question: Can a Buddhist, having taken the Threefold Refuge in the Triple Gem formally, convert to another faith? What about one who also committed to the Five Precepts? Answer: Since there is no one forcing any Buddhist to remain a Buddhist, it is not...

Is It Alright To Have A Buddha Image In A Fish Tank?

Jul. 18 | Question: Is there any wrong with keeping a Buddha statue in an aquarium in my room? Answer: While a statue being in a room is alright as long as nothing disrespectful is done in there, as the aquarium is with fish waste, it is not considered respectful...

Must Mantras Be Chanted Accurately?

Jul. 11 | Question: Is it such that when chanting a mantra like the Great Compassion Mantra, it must be chanted accurately?  Answer: Although sincerity matters more than accuracy, especially for longer mantras with many words, they should be chanted as accurately...

What Is The Simplest Way To Offer Food?

Jul. 4 | Question: As there are many long traditional chants for offering food, is there a simple version, that is easy to remember and recite, that can be used by children too? Answer: Here is a common version – 代一切众生,  供养佛, 供养法,供养僧,  ...

Can Animals Take Refuge?

Jun. 27 | Question: Is it alright to get pets to take the Threefold Refuge in the Triple Gem? Although all sentient beings have Buddha-nature, can animals understand refuge? Answer: Getting animals to take refuge is done in the hope that there might be some...

Are Kids Growing Up Faster These Days?

Jun. 20 | Question: It seems that kids these days ‘mature’ earlier. Is this due to human lifespan being on the general decline, according to the Buddhist teachings, in this Dharma-Ending Age? Is it such that  ‘learning’ is naturally sped...

Can Lay Buddhists Teach Buddhism?

Jun. 6 | Question: Should only monastics teach the Dharma? Answer: From the book ‘The Buddha and His Disciples’ by Venerable S. Dhammika is a section that can answer this question – ‘It is often mistakenly thought that it is the job of...
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