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Should Birthdays Be Celebrated With Meat Feasts?

Apr. 26 | Question: On celebrating kids’ birthdays, could it be the kids’ good karma that made the celebrations possible? Answer: Of course, it is the kids’ good karma to be able to have such celebrations, but it is due to good karma from past...

What If I’m Confused By Some Teachings?

Apr. 19 | Question: What if I find some teachers’ teachings confusing, and even potentially misleading? Answer: Never let the Buddha, his Dharma and yourself down. You should sincerely and politely clarify with them, to check your understanding. If it turns...

Should Buddhists Sell Killed Animals For Charity?

Apr. 18 | Question: Is it alright to collect whatever food sponsored, even if non-vegetarian, for selling, to raise funds in the name of Buddhism? Answer: Although this seems to be a little like random alms-seeking, it is not so… as there is active open...

How Were ‘We’ Like Before Becoming Humans?

Apr. 10 | Question: Did the Buddha teach about how life was prior to the first humans? Answer: This was taught by the Buddha in the Agganna Sutta. (See Related Article below.) However, it was not a major focus, because there is not much need to focus on countless...

Is There Predestinated Fate?

Apr. 3 | Question: Do Buddhists believe in fate or destiny? Answer: The answer is at https://thedailyenlightenment.com/2014/12/why-no-one-truly-believes-in-predestination and the related links at the end of the article. Briefly, while there are predispositions...

How Does Karmic Retribution Exact Itself?

Mar. 27 | Question: How is karmic retribution able to be so exact after many lifetimes? For example, how is it that ‘enemies [tend to meet on a] narrow path’ (冤家路窄)? Answer: As the workings of the law of karma operate at an unseen level until...

How To Not Follow Customs Blindly

Mar. 20 | Question: Some are very particular that red packets (angbaos) given must be with amounts of money ending with 8 (which sounds in a Chinese dialect like ‘huat’, which means ‘prosper’), and not 4 (which sounds like ‘die’)....

Can Ancestors Bless Survivors?

Mar. 14 | Question: Many pray for their ancestors to bless them. Does this work? Answer: They are not able to bless us, unless they have been reborn with greater blessings, or have become Bodhisattvas and Buddhas, and are looking after us. Also, merely asking...

Can I Commit To The Precepts If I Sometimes Eat Meat & Drink Alcohol?

Mar. 6 | Question: As I work in the food and beverage industry, I occasionally have to eat meat and drink wine when doing food tasting. Beyond work, I do not do these. Is it alright for me to commit to the Five Precepts then?  Answer: As the first of the Five...

What Language To Chant In To Help The Deceased?

Feb. 27 | Question: If there is sutra-chanting for a deceased Chinese person, with dedication of merits, both using a non-Chinese language, will the deceased be able to benefit? Answer: The power from sutra-chanting and dedication comes from the power of the...

Are You Upsetting The Global Environment?

Feb. 25 | Question: Will liberated animals upset the ecosystem? Answer: As the answer, below are some points for reflection… [1] Some liberated animals are protected in well-managed sanctuaries. Some are liberated in the open, able to move around, not in...

How To Handle Unwanted Lay Robes?

Feb. 20 | Question: If the owner of a set of Chinese lay Buddhist robes, one black (海青) and the other brown (缦衣) had passed away, how should they be handled?    Answer: Perhaps the temple through which refuge and precepts were taken can be enquired,...

Do We Rejoice Over All Kinds Of Happiness?

Feb. 12 | Question: If one cheats us, we should see this as the ripening of our negative karma and not get upset. Beyond this, if the cheat is happy for his gain, should we also rejoice for him?  Answer: The practice of rejoicing should never be for anyone’s...

Does Buddhism Promote Medium Practice?

Jan. 29 | Question: A medium said a friend’s problems from seeing of ghosts is because he is chosen by Guanyin Bodhisattva to ‘work’ – I guess to help spread the Dharma? Is there such a practice? Answer: No, there is no such practice in...

Can Animal Experimentation Be Alright?

Jan. 23 | Question: If one’s job uses sentient beings such as animals for research to find cures for human diseases, this creates negative karma due to the animals’ imprisonment, torturous experimentation and death. However, if there is no research done,...
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