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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...

To Live, ‘Don’t Breathe’!

Oct. 18 | ‘Don’t Breathe’ is a thriller on the most primordial kind of monster we know – humans! Youngsters who assumed they are in control broke and entered to steal from a blind old man. They ended up trapped in the controlled environment...

Is A Meat-Buyer Also A ‘Meat-Eater’?

Oct. 11 | Question: When I dine with my family in the same restaurant, I will be having vegan food while they have meat dishes. As I pay for all, am I considered to have ‘eaten’ meat?  Answer: This is not considered (killing or) eating meat, but it...

‘King Arthur’ Vs Uncle ‘Mara’?

Oct. 11 | ‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’ retells the tale of how King Arthur came to be. After his father King Uther was ‘forced’ to kill himself, Arthur’s Uncle Vortigern usurped the throne. Arthur as a young boy was somewhat...

Ryuk Returns With His ‘Death Note’ (2017)

Sep. 6 | In case you missed it about 10 years ago, ‘Death Note’ is a (thankfully) fictitious book granted by a death god (Ryuk). Its keeper can write to actualise the death of anyone in any manner, as long as the name and face are known. Ryuk is...

Does Good Triumph Over Evil?

Aug. 30 | But he who has abandoned greed, hatred and delusion, is no longer Māra’s prisoner; he is freed from Māra’s snares, no longer subject to the Evil One’s will and pleasure. – The Buddha (Itivuttaka 68) Will good triumph over evil? Or does evil...

Can Precepts Really Be Broken Virtually?

Aug. 9 | Question: Does killing someone and stealing something in a computer game create any negative karma? Answer: The answer is not so straightforward. Despite the virtual nature of these deeds, it is to the extent that there is intention to actually kill,...

Should Buddhists Fear God?

Jul. 13 | Question: Someone suggested that even Buddhists should fear God. Is this sensible? Answer: How about asking which of the millions of gods worshipped throughout history should be the one feared? And how is one more threatening than the others? It...

When Is Your Good Or Bad Karma’s ‘Due Date’?

Jul. 13 | Near the beginning of the movie ‘Due Date’ is a minor accident before Ethan and Peter enter an airport. Ethan tries to console Peter – ‘My father always had a saying. When a day starts like this, it’s all uphill from here.’...

Will We Face Obstacles During Buddhist Practice?

Jul. 5 | It is not that we have to be free of obstacles to practise the Dharma, but that we practise the Dharma to be free of obstacles. – Stonepeace | Books There is a popular notion that obstacles are frequent when attending Dharma assemblies for retreats,...

Who Did You Bury In Your Past Lives?

Jun. 2 | The Bodhisattva path seeks to create pure connections between all sentient beings with the pure Triple Gem. – Stonepeace | Books Once upon a time, as two loved each other very much, they soon arranged to be married. However, when the day arrived,...