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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...

Are There Many Monastics In Hell?

Oct. 19 | Question: During a casual discussion with friends about Buddhism, a friend mentioned that many monastics end up suffering in hell. Is it so? Answer: There is this equivalent line that has been going around for a long time already, that says ‘地狱门前僧道多’...

How To View Miscarriages?

Oct. 1 | Question: How should an accidental miscarriage be seen? If family members have been praying to deities, how could it still occur? Answer: In the Buddhist perspective, a miscarriage happens due to collective karma of [1] the Mother, [2] the Father, [3]...

Do We Chant Just To Show Respect?

Sep. 24 | Question: Is chanting to express respect to Buddha? How does it help us and others? Answer: Chanting should always be practised respectfully, so as to be attentive, to receive the teachings chanted well. But chanting is not done just to express respect...

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....
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