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What Are Buddhist Meditative Practices Truly For?

Sep. 17 | Question: What are Buddhist meditative practices for? Can they be for relaxation and the sharpening of mindfulness for work and play? Answer: They are for training, to attain enlightenment, which leads to liberation from the cycle of birth and death....

Why Buy To Liberate Animals ‘Meant’ To Be Eaten?

Sep. 3 | Question: Buddhists practise liberation of animals caught from the wild or bred, into the right environments. But when bought, more might be caught or bred. Should they not be bought then?   Answer: If so, this is saying that all commercially trapped...

Are There ‘Foreign’ Buddhist Manifestations?

Aug. 27 | Question: Why does it seem that there are no records of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas manifesting in non-Asian countries? Answer: They do manifest in all manners of form needed to reach out to all kinds of beings, even if there are no records of every kind...

Can I Suffer On Behalf Of Others?

Aug. 20 | Question: Is it possible to suffer on the behalf of other sentient beings? Answer: Most parents, being loving, wish to suffer on behalf of their children when they are sick, but who is able to do this? If this can be done, the world would not have any...

How Do Beings Ascend From Lower Realms?

Aug. 13 | Question: Is it so that those who have fallen into one of the three lower realms will have to be reborn in all three before they can exit from them? Answer: It depends on where they fell to in the first place. (Note that from bottom up, from...

Are Animal Communication Courses Alright?

Jul. 30 | Question: Are courses which claim to teach tactics to communicate with animals alright?   Answer: There is need to know what they entail, to know if they are ethical and sensible. For example, some supposedly teach ‘telepathy’. However,...

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...
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