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Why Dread Karmic Retribution?

Sep. 22 | Question: Why should one be afraid of being reborn in a lower realm like hell if one does not remember anything from one’s past life? Answer: If one knows one is going to hell later, one will be terrified now. If one is in hell...

How Best To Have Sea Burial?

Sep. 8 | Question: For sea burial, is it better to scatter the ashes, which seems to express freedom, or to drop the ashes in the urn?Answer: Scattering of ashes does not lead to freedom of the deceased, just as keeping ashes together does not lead to being...

What Is This Certain Sutra About?

Aug. 27 | Question: What is this ___ sutra about? Answer: While this is a very good question, it is also very difficult to answer simply. It is especially difficult to answer due to the length of the scripture and its many important subjects covered.  The...

When Do Bodhisattvas Intervene To Help? 

Aug. 4 | Question: Some claim great Bodhisattvas do not intervene to help those with ripening negative karma. However, we know that all Bodhisattvas vow to help all beings. How should this ‘contradiction’ be understood? Answer: Great Bodhisattvas...

How Does Reciting Sutras Relate To Learning About Them?

Jul. 22 | Question: How does reciting sutras (i.e. Buddhist scriptures) differ from attending classes on them? Answer: There are many nuanced implications in profound teachings that need detailed explanation, via background information, examples and such....

Why Do Buddhists Practise Fasting?

Jul. 7 | Question: What are the spiritual benefits of having only one (or two) meals a day (as in practice of the Eight Precepts)? Answer: Having one near-noon meal a day (or with breakfast) helps to regularly train in curbing thinking about, and craving...

Is It ‘Better’ To Eat More Small Animals Or One Big One?

Jun. 16 | Question: Since we know meat is available only with killing on one’s behalf, does eating several cockles create more or less negative karma than eating a piece of beef? Answer: Generally, the larger the sentient being is, the more developed...

Should I Use Chanting To Fall Asleep?

Apr. 20 | Question: Can I use a chanting track with a Buddha’s name, such as that of ‘Āmítuófó’ (阿弥陀佛) for listening to help me sleep? Answer: You should not use chanting as a lullaby to taper away your mindfulness. You should...

Is Spiritual Friendship Or Spirituality More Important?

Apr. 13 | Question: Which comes first — spiritual friends or spirituality? How should we ‘balance’ desire for spiritual friendship and spirituality itself? Answer: Although the Buddha taught that spiritual friendship is very important, it...

How Is The Threefold Refuge Both Vows & Precepts?

Apr. 6 | Question: Is it alright for ‘Buddhists’ who had taken the Threefold Refuge in the Triple Gem (of the Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha) to totally immerse themselves in other ‘spiritual’ groups, with essentially different (i.e. non-Buddhist...

Must Negative Karma Be Exhausted For There To Be Liberation?

Mar. 24 | Question: Is it so that we have to exhaust all our negative karma before we can become liberated? Answer: No. This can be clearly known by looking at the case of Maudgalyāyana (Moggallāna). Although he has already attained self-liberation as...

Are Saṃsāra & The Sahā World Same?

Mar. 17 | Question: How are the Sahā World and Saṃsāra different and similar? Answer: The Sahā World (娑婆世界) which means the ‘World Of Endurance’ [of suffering] (堪忍世界) refers to our world system, in terms of our galaxy, the...

How To Help The Possibly Possessed?

Mar. 10 | Question: How to help a kid who might be possessed? Sometimes, there is waking up with crying, and speaking ‘gibberish’ at certain times, with preferring of dark and cold places.  Answer: There are 10 steps to consider, which...

What Is The Cause Of Sickness?

Feb. 25 | Question: A non-religious friend says he does not understand why he contracted a sickness, while a religious friend says she does not understand why the deity she has faith in allowed her sickness to occur. Why do even religious people get sudden...

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...
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