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Can Buddhists Pray To Gods?

Mar. 5 | Question: Is it alright for Buddhists to just pray as form of respect to deities (gods), but not to request anything from them? Answer: It is alright for Buddhists to express respect but there should not be a sense of utmost reverence and absolute refuge,...

How To Have Harmonious Inter-Religious Dialogue

Mar. 5 | Question: While chatting on our faiths, I said that a difference between Buddhism and god-centric faiths, is how gods are seen as still trapped within the six realms of existence, susceptible to karmic fall and rebirth, and are thus spiritually lesser...

On Gassho, Dojo & Ailments

Feb. 23 | Modesty is the foundation of all the virtues. Let your neighbours find you before you make yourself known to them. – Chanyue Guanxiu (Suggestions for Disciples) Gassho Gassho is the Japanese equivalent of the Sanskrit ‘anjali’. It is...

Can I Read Dharma Books (On My Lap) While Eating?

Sep. 25 | Question: I once put a Dharma book on my lap for reading while eating. A fellow Buddhist commented that I should not do that. Does this create negative karma? Answer: Unless there is no other place to place them, it is better to place Dharma materials...

Can I Read Dharma Books On Bed?

Mar. 10 | Question: Some say it is disrespectful to read Buddhist materials or listen to Buddhist recordings while lying down flat, that we should sit upright to do so. Is it not alright to make ourselves comfortable? Answer: The idea that listening or reading...

Can Buddhists Chant In Restrooms & Bedrooms?

Feb. 17 | The true spiritual taboo is to embrace the three poisons, to let them grow unchecked. – Stonepeace | Get Books We often hear some Buddhists gravely discouraging the practice of chanting in toilets (restrooms) and bedrooms, deeming this to be most...

How To Repent For Disrespect?

Sep. 18 | Question: I did something very disrespectful before a Bodhisattva image. I am feeling extremely guilty and wish to express repentance. What is the best way? Answer: You can prostrate before the image and recite homage to the Bodhisattva’s name sincerely...

The Wonderful Open Secret Of Sincerity & Respect

Jan. 30 | With utmost sincerity and deepest reverence for a Dharma teaching learnt, there will be great diligence in practice, leading to realisation of its true goal and benefits. – Stonepeace Ultimately, when the practitioner recites (the name of Amituofo...

Is It Okay To Be Dressed Less In A Temple?

Jan. 22 | Question: I was brought up by elders with the traditional idea that I should dress more ‘respectably’ when visiting a Buddhist temple, e.g. keeping my legs covered. I notice some of my friends are comfortable with showing their legs though...

Can A Buddha Shrine Be Low?

Sep. 6 | Question: Can I use a hip height table or cupboard as a shrine for a Buddha image? Answer: It is alright if you and others around are comfortable with it. However, if possible, it should be placed higher, at least at eye level or above, as this facilitates...

Difference Between Faith & Respect

Sep. 6 | For one to take refuge, there must be respect. For one to have respect, there need not be refuge. – Stonepeace Since faith and respect are different, respect for other religions does not mean we must have faith in their doctrines. For example. I...

Is A Buddha Image In My Bedroom Okay?

Jun. 15 | Question: If I stay in a rented room, where can I place a statue of Buddha? I heard that it is not advisable to put one in the bedroom. Without an image, where do I face when I am doing my Dharma practice? Answer: The reason why putting an image of the...

Is A Buddha Image In A Bedroom Okay?

Mar. 28 | Question: Is it appropriate to place a Buddha image in the bedroom? Will it be disrespectful? Answer: It is best not to place Buddha images in the bedroom as even if one is not disrespectful in there, others might feel that one it is disrespectful. They...

Safeguarding The Buddhist Community’s Integrity

Mar. 7 | When one expresses good will, one is always blameless. When one bears ill will, one is already blameworthy. – Stonepeace Some friends occasionally speak of feeling troubled when they encounter ‘some dressed as Buddhist monastics’ (as...

Gold Standard Test

Jan. 16 | Just like examining gold in order to know its quality, you should put my words to the test. A wise person does not accept them merely out of respect. – The Buddha
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