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Hello Justin Choo. I was hoping to ask you some basic and personalized questions about Buddhism, which I am exploring through an online class. If you could take the time to answer these questions for me, I would greatly appreciate it!

1. Were you born into a Buddhist family or did you pick up the philosophy by yourself? If you did pick up the philosophy by yourself, why did you pick it?
2. In your opinion, what is the most interesting aspect of Buddhism?
3. What is one thing about Buddhism that you believe many people do not know or that is not emphasized enough?
4. How is your practice of Buddhism reflected in your daily routine?
5. If I may ask a personal question, has Buddhism ever helped you deal with a moral dilemma before? And if so, how? What was the dilemma?

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Good evening Amber,

1. Were you born into a Buddhist family or did you pick up the philosophy by yourself? If you did pick up the philosophy by yourself, why did you pick it?

I was born into a Buddhist family, but I learned real Buddhist teachings from books and listening to talks by learned monks and Buddhist speakers.

2. In your opinion, what is the most interesting aspect of Buddhism?

The freedom to think and analyze its teachings, and then to decide whether to accept or not.


3. What is one thing about Buddhism that you believe many people do not know or that is not emphasized enough?

Rites and rituals are actually superficial and not important at all.  

4. How is your practice of Buddhism reflected in your daily routine?

Trying to be mindful of the fragility and uncertainties of existence.

5. If I may ask a personal question, has Buddhism ever helped you deal with a moral dilemma before? And if so, how? What was the dilemma?

Life is not always easy.  A difficult choice sometimes has to be made.  Buddhism does not compel its followers to adhere to fixed decisions.  It just warns that unwholesome actions will bring forth unwholesome results.  It is up to the individual to decide what is the best option available.

Hope this helps.

Justin Choo

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All your questions will be answered, and you may not have to agree with the answers. Such is the beauty of Buddhism. I follow the Theravada tradition, and have been studying Buddhism for more than 50 years. As I am not a Buddhist scholar, I answer in simple language, and I prefer answering general questions rather than textual.

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I was brought up in the 50's as a Buddhist. For the past 50 years I have read numerous books on Buddhism and listened to numerous talks on Buddhism by well-respected and learned monks and lay teachers. I have conducted Buddhist classes for parents of Sunday School children in a Theravada Buddhist Temple. My teacher was the late Chief Reverend, The Ven. K Sri Dhammananda of The Brickfields Buddhist Mahavihara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can view the relevant website in memory of my revered late teacher @ http://www.ksridhammananda.com and my blog posting at http://blackandwhite999.blogspot.com/2008/08/my-revered-teacher.html

Organizations
I am a life member of the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia.

Publications
YOU ARE INVITED TO VISIT MY BLOG @ http://lifeislikethat999.blogspot.com/ Published a book called "The Rainbow And The Treasure". It is a compilation of extracts from various sources to introduce Buddhism to beginners. (Currently out of print)

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Commerce And Administration, Victoria University Of Wellington, NZ.(1974)

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