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Does Staff Retrenchment Create Bad Karma?

May. 15 | Question: If higher management requires reorganisation by retrenchment of workers, will I create negative karma by being part of the decision-making? Answer: Realistically, the company does not owe the staff a living. So, as the bosses decide, if some...

The Girl Who Ate Too Many Lollipops

May. 4 | The law of karma affects all, positively and negatively, according to that done, especially negatively for those who think it does not affect them. – Stonepeace | Books The girl had a short-sighted view of cause and effect. Lollipops eaten now were...

Will I Create Negative Karma By Not Being A Guarantor To Help?

May. 4 | Question: Will I create negative karma by not being a relative’s guarantor for buying a house? As he has a high rolling credit card debt, I am worried that the loan might not be serviceable. Answer: You will need to consider carefully if being...

The ‘Black Mirror’ That Reflects Darkness

May. 4 | One of, if not the most thought-provoking Netflix series is Black Mirror. What does the title refer to? It is what you are looking at now – the screen of your phone, computer or TV, that is black by default. The series explores how current and future...

Existential Chats In ‘Café Society’

Apr. 19 | In ‘Café Society’ is discussion of some interesting existential issues. Bobby exclaims, ‘[W]hen the end’s near, you need something… I have to know that all this just doesn’t end… I need to believe that...

Some Karmic Causes For Our Suffering

Apr. 7 | Attachment, anger, confusion [greed, hatred (aversion), delusion (ignorance)] and the karma that arises from them are non-virtuous. Non-attachment, non-anger, non-confusion, and the karmas that arise from them are virtuous. – Precious Garland Of...

Does Aversion At Buddha Images Create Negative Karma?

Apr. 7 | Question: When I visited a temple, the Buddha statue there seemed to stir up some aversion in me, as its face did not look peaceful or compassionate to me. Does this feeling create negative karma? The fierce statues of Dharma Protectors do not give...

Is Life With Perfect Order Or Total Chaos?

Mar. 2 | Within chaos is  less apparent order. Within order is no chaos at all. – Stonepeace | Books Is every single experience in life part of some master plan, designed to lead us to some predetermined destiny? Romantic optimists and disillusioned pessimists...

Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

Feb. 21 | Question: I am working at an accounting firm, which has a wide clientele across many different industries. One of them is food retailing. The firm does audit and advisory services for companies selling meat. I do not know if I am creating any negative...

How Are Others’ Faults Also My Faults?

Jan. 24 | Original TDE article, as featured in For You (Information) 佛友(资讯) magazine The Dharma for the unenlightened is a one-sided mirror for self-reflection. With this mirror turned away, its proper function ceases. Thus, the Dharma is for checking...

How To Convince Karma Exists?

Jan. 17 | Question: How do I convince someone that there is the cause and effect of karma?  Answer: This is a question you can ask… If he/she does not believe in cause and effect, why does he/she not rob in broad daylight? Obviously, this is because...

How About Being A More Buddhist Stoic?

Dec. 28 | We must make the best of those things  that are in our power, and take the rest as nature gives it. – Epictetus (Discourses, I.I) Cicero, who was sympathetic to Stoicism, once gave the analogy of a most conscientious archer. For shooting well when...

All Sentient Beings Love Their Lives

Dec. 13 | As all love their own eyes,  So too they love their young.  The love for one’s own life is endless.  Therefore, one should never kill sentient beings. – Śākyamuni Buddha  (Sūtra of Accepting the Ten Good Karmas as Precepts 受十善经)  The...

Can One Suffer Due To Others’ Mistakes?

Dec. 7 | Question: Can someone in a family suffer due to the mistakes of another in the family? Answer: Conventionally speaking, this is possible. For example, parents often suffer due to their children’s reluctance to heed their good advice, while children...

Is It Possible To Fire With Compassion?

Oct. 31 | Question: As I hired an incompetent domestic helper via an incompetent agent, I technically fired the helper. But the agent asked for some holding on to the helper in name first, to facilitate her transfer without incurring more cost for both the agent...
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