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SubjectDate Asked
lost and found3/23/2017
  Q: Does Buddhism teach that if you find something that someone else has lost you are required to return ...
  A: Buddhists undertake to observe the basic 5 precepts to their best ability. They are: The Five ...
Health1/23/2017
  Q: How does one know the true nature of their health with their mind? It seems to me that when people ...
  A: Buddhism is about how to live a wholesome life in peace with oneself and with others. I would say ...
Inner Peace1/20/2017
  Q: What is the correct scripture of inner peace in Sanskrit or Pali? Each website gives me something ...
  A: Actually this site is about answering questions on Buddhism. Your question is out of the scope. ...
Death12/10/2016
  Q: I would like to know where a person goes (if anywhere), when s/he dies. Also is the »self« eternal ...
  A: My laptop is out of order. I am using my cheap mobile so need to be a bit brief. You can ask ...
10 million multiplier12/10/2016
  Q: Do good or bad actions on Lha Bab Duchen day really multiply by 10 million? Do you have any personal ...
  A: Lha Bab Duchen is a Tibetan Buddhist holy day. I practise the Theravada tradition. Let me put it ...
Meditation11/2/2016
  Q: I've read quite a bit on Meditation and tried to meditate a number of times myself but I'm fairly ...
  A: Meditation is a subject that generates lots of different views. My usual response is that one can ...
Nirvana11/2/2016
  Q: I am a Christian. Last night my study group discussed Buddhism. My question, when one reaches ...
  A: To better comprehend certain Buddhist concepts, one needs to treat them with an open mind. One ...
Violence in Buddhism10/27/2016
  Q: Can violence be justified in authentic Buddhist doctrine? Why and why not? What do those doctrines ...
  A: "Violence" is associated with the use of force. A general meaning of "violence" from the dictionary ...
Forward9/6/2016
  Q: How does one know if their life is moving forward? We continue to go to work and make money and half ...
  A: Your question is not easy to answer as I really don't know exactly what you mean. I can only try my ...
Meditation8/18/2016
  Q: I was wondering if you could help me understand something that happened to me in meditation. I had ...
  A: Not many people will have experience like yours during their first encounter with meditation. ...
Memory of late parents8/15/2016
  Q: Usually Chinese will do prayer and offer food to the deceased in certain occasions such as cheng ...
  A: Good afternoon Poh Sim, Thank you for asking this very important question especially for the ...
Statements regarding "God" concept6/24/2016
  Q: I really liked you answers, many of them thoughtful and have answered many questions I had. However ...
  A: Since the monotheist religions always claim that their respective Gods are the Only true God, then ...
permission5/18/2016
  Q: I am the editor of a newsletter that goes out to inmates across the country and would like to use ...
  A: Good afternoon Dom, I am indeed very happy and honored to receive this request from you. Yes, by ...
self-immosible5/11/2016
  Q: why self immolation mostly apper on budhist monks.is budhism allow self immolation? and according to ...
  A: Self immolation has nothing to do with Buddhism. Most definitely Buddhism does not condone this ...
Evolution Question5/2/2016
  Q: There seems to be some kind of guiding intelligence behind evolution. Is there anything in Buddhist ...
  A: I like answering this type of questions because it is very easy as they really don't have answers ...
Theravada Buddhism on Fertility Treatments (IVF)3/14/2016
  Q: Good afternoon Justin Choo, My name is Atem and I am currently participating in the Study of ...
  A: 1. What is Theravada Buddhism's interpretation of killing? In the Buddhist context, a person is ...
Buddhism Interview2/29/2016
  Q: For a class of mine I am tasked with interviewing an expert in Buddhism. Since you are so ...
  A: Sorry for the late reply. 1. What do you consider the underlying foundation Buddhism? Peace, ...
Application of Buddhist philosophy2/22/2016
  Q: Good day Mr. Choo, My name is Melissa, and I am a student at a United States high school, near ...
  A: 1. Are there teachings of Buddhism which you consider to be more highly prioritized than others? ...
tantra sri yantra1/24/2016
  Q: I got a Sri yantra tattoo because I thought it was about good energy and love. Then someone told me ...
  A: My dear friend Daniel, Buddhism is about the pristine teachings of the Buddha. The message is ...
Karma / restructure / goals12/11/2015
  Q: very respectively and honor, I am 24 years old boy. from Asia. I like Malaysian girls too :) I am ...
  A: I shall give you very simple answers although you may think your "problems" are insurmountable. ...
Patterns12/10/2015
  Q: What is your opinion on when a person is faced with the same issues like a pattern. Are their karmic ...
  A: First, Buddhists do not subscribe to the belief of the existance of an all-powerful God. Certain ...
Psychopath Realm Question11/1/2015
  Q: How do psychopaths get into the human realm? I am assuming that a psychopath entity is coming from ...
  A: Rebirth and kamma concepts cannot be fully understood. They are beyond human understanding to the ...
Interview for School10/1/2015
  Q: Well, my teacher directed me to this site. I'm doing this as a school assignment, but I am really ...
  A: Sorry for the delay. Hope this reaches you on time. Without a personal God, on what basis can ...
Sangha6/29/2015
  Q: I am quite new in my practice and I live in an area that has no Buddhist or temples nearby. How do ...
  A: My apology for the late response, as I missed checking mail on this address. Welcome to the ...
Suffering Question6/23/2015
  Q: I have noticed that every thought that goes through my mind has a direct psychical reaction in my ...
  A: Good evening Jim, Every action starts from thought. Even impulsive and instinctive actions begin ...
Puzzle5/18/2015
  Q: My name's Cheyenne and I'm in high school. Recently, my anatomy teacher gave me a puzzle to solve in ...
  A: I am sorry I can't help you as this has nothing to do with Buddhism. Perhaps just my 2 cents ...
Buddhism-General Questions2/25/2015
  Q: I was hoping you could answer a few of these questions that I have devised as part of an online ...
  A: Good evening, Joseph, 1. Can a Buddhist eat meat without breaking the guideline of “not killing”? ...
Just a few questions about what Buddhists believe.1/4/2015
  Q: I would like to talk to someone in person, but there are no temples near me. What do Buddhists ...
  A: As you have lots of questions here, I shall answer them briefly. Should you need further ...
Buddhism12/1/2014
  Q: I was listening to the radio the other day and the hosts were talking about Buddhism. One of the ...
  A: I don't see any logic in this person's comment. "Buddhism is something that you have to learn ...
Questions on the Jhanas8/26/2014
  Q: Another of the experts here invited me to ask a different expert my questions, being that he felt ...
  A: Good afternoon Anthony, Most likely you would have done some researches and asked many Buddhists ...
fear of death8/22/2014
  Q: I have a profound fear of death which has caused me to suffer panic attacks and Agoraphobia ,I have ...
  A: Good evening Rosemary, Who is not afraid of dying? I am afraid of dying too, and I am 64 years ...
Goddess of Mercy - Kuan Yin8/13/2014
  Q: 1. Can non vegetarian be a monk, as I don't take vegetables? 2. Did Goddess of Mercy ( Kuan Yin ) ...
  A: Good morning Tan, 1. Can non vegetarian be a monk, as I don't take vegetables? Theravada monks are ...
Reincarnation7/7/2014
  Q: I have two questions about reincarnation which I've been wondering a lot. 1. When people are born, ...
  A: Good evening Kim, There is actually a subtle difference between rebirth and reincarnation. ...
about karma3/28/2014
  Q: I am curious what would you say if someone one claimed the principle of karma is based on a ...
  A: Good afternoon Tony, I don't really understand exactly what "naturalistic fallacy" means. I shall ...
Buddhism Questions3/21/2014
  Q: I'm really interested in Buddhism and have a few questions: 1. What are the main differences ...
  A: Good evening Alice, 1. What are the main differences between the kinds of Buddhism practiced ...
Personal Buddhism2/27/2014
  Q: I was hoping to ask you some basic and personalized questions about Buddhism, which I am exploring ...
  A: Good evening Amber, 1. Were you born into a Buddhist family or did you pick up the philosophy by ...
Karma12/20/2013
  Q: I have learn and heard about Karma basically but at times i think the equation doesn't meet i.e. u ...
  A: Good evening Edwin, The concept of karma (Sanskrit)or kamma (Pali) is not as simple as it is ...
Abortion11/2/2013
  Q: I have an assignment in Study Of Religion where we have to analyze a ethical dilemma in the Buddhist ...
  A: Good morning Sara, In Buddhism, the general view is that abortion should be avoided, that is, ...
Questions on Zen10/8/2013
  Q: Sir I am Preethi, pursuing my Masters in Engineering, in India. As part of my curriculum I have ...
  A: Good evening Preethi, 1. What is the influence of Zen on people and cultures? Zen is actually ...
Types of Buddhism10/4/2013
  Q: There are many different types of Buddhism. Is there any one teaching that pulls them all together ...
  A: Good morning Casey, Those different Buddhist denominations worth their pinch of salt will concur ...
Buddhism & Ethics10/4/2013
  Q: Where do Buddhists get their idea of moral justice? How does one judge right from wrong in order to ...
  A: The Buddha encouraged his followers to use their common sense and human intelligence to live a ...
Personalisty and Individuality10/4/2013
  Q: If, in Buddhism, there is no personal god and the goal over Buddhist tradition is to reach nirvana ...
  A: Good morning Casey, The Buddhist concept of rebirth explains your question. This is not our only ...
Yoga in Buddhism v.s. Hinduism10/4/2013
  Q: I am looking for some basic information about different yoga traditions. I wonder - how do Buddhist ...
  A: Good morning Casey, "Yoga" to the general public usually means the form of physical exercises. ...
Meaning of respecting life10/4/2013
  Q: According to Buddhist teaching, followers of Buddha should respect all life forms and not kill other ...
  A: Good morning Casey, This is a controversial topic especially to those not familiar with the ...
Path towards Enlightenment9/11/2013
  Q: What is the path to Enlightenment in Theravada Buddhism? I have heard in some sects of Mahayana ...
  A: It is said that the visuddhimagga is not the direct teachings from the Buddha himself, as the author ...
Questions about the Genetic Engineering8/1/2013
  Q: What is Buddhism’s response to genetic engineering? Can you explain in detail please
  A: My apology for this oversight for the late response. Buddhism does not adhere to blind orthodoxed ...
Buddhism7/26/2013
  Q: Choo, my name is Allison. For a school project I am required to interview someone of a different ...
  A: 15 questions at one go, are lot to answer for a topic like Buddhism! So I shall only give you ...
Buddhism; Pursuit of Peace7/22/2013
  Q: 1. Does society have a major effect on the way Buddhists practice their beliefs? 2. Does Buddhism ...
  A: 1. Does society have a major effect on the way Buddhists practice their beliefs? This is too general ...
is buddha a god6/27/2013
  Q: im a Buddhist and i have been in a international school and i also have Buddhist friend there but ...
  A: You did not pose any question, and I assume you just want my opinion on what you wrote. First we ...
Bing in the moment6/4/2013
  Q: First, I wanted to ask you if you know if the Buddha enjoyed life after he was enlightened? It ...
  A: I think you need to read a bit more about Buddhism. A good book to read is this: ...
Torn between two ideas.5/30/2013
  Q: How can someone cultivate compassion while realizing impermanence? I struggle to hold the two ideas ...
  A: I don't see the relationship between compassion and impermanence. Let's take the dictionary ...
Can anyone from different religions/ non religion practice good values from Buddhism or Buddha?5/13/2013
  Q: I'm new to Buddhism but I am interested to learn the values of Buddhism and incorporate them into my ...
  A: The Buddha never forbid anyone to follow his advice/teaching even if the person is not his follower. ...
Buddhism5/8/2013
  Q: Do Buddhist enjoy each moment? Specifically through the senses. After reading about what the Buddha ...
  A: Many new to Buddhist teachings may misinterpret the Buddha's teachings as pessimistic and ...
RELIGION4/22/2013
  Q: MANY EUROPEAN & SOME ASIAN NATIONS USED RELIGION & THEIR MONARCHIES COMBINED TO TAX & CONTROL THEIR ...
  A: Your question is too wide and diverse to reply sufficiently. All over the world throughout history, ...
Buddhism4/16/2013
  Q: My name is Taylor, I am a high school senior working on a project focusing on world religions, ...
  A: What are some requirements of being a member of Buddhism? Buddhism is not like Christianity or ...
Sutras4/12/2013
  Q: I have recently purchased an app of Buddhist sutras. These are from Japan and are entitled things ...
  A: I am unable to answer you unless I get to listen to it. Not that I know Japanese, but I will know ...
Email interview with a High Schooler4/11/2013
  Q: I am a high schooler doing a multigenre project about the portrayal of angels in different ...
  A: First you need to have a better perspective into the practice of Buddhism by different groups of ...
Buddhism and pets3/8/2013
  Q: I had a discussion with my father about people that kills animals, then i asked him about people ...
  A: The Buddha encouraged us to use our human intelligence and common sense to analyze things. Leave ...
Some Buddhism Questions2/28/2013
  Q: 1. How did you get to know and start studying Buddhism in depth, what drew you in? 2. In what way ...
  A: 1. How did you get to know and start studying Buddhism in depth, what drew you in? I am from a ...
Healthcare questions about Buddhism2/26/2013
  Q: Im supposed to interview someone of the Buddhist faith and ask them some questions relating to your ...
  A: Buddhism is about how to live in peace within oneself. Actually all your questions are irrelevant ...
Schools of Buddhism1/25/2013
  Q: I have long been interested in Buddhism and am looking in to attending classes. There are classes ...
  A: Broadly, there are 3 schools of Buddhism. Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. However I would ...
Buddhist pray1/3/2013
  Q: I would like to ask a question on behalf of my friend about Buddhist prayer. First, I want to ...
  A: No question is considered stupid. It is because we want to clarify doubts that we ask questions. ...
Chaos in Real Life11/28/2012
  Q: I am a Canadian woman in my 60's. I am drawn to Buddhism but do not know how to proceed. I ...
  A: "How do you maintain equanimity and peace, and spread loving kindness in a hostile personal ...
Karma11/27/2012
  Q: Which symbol in Buddhism, the Endless knot or the Zonar, relates more closely to the concept of ...
  A: Both symbols are not Buddhist symbols. But just for the sake of interpretation, then I would say ...
Purpose of Life.10/23/2012
  Q: I know a couple of people from my class have asked you some questions about the meaning and purpose ...
  A: 1. Nibbana or nirvana is such a difficult subject that attempting to provide a satisfactory answer ...
The Meaning and Purpose of Life10/20/2012
  Q: I am currently in year 12 and completing an assignment on 'The Meaning and Purpose of Life" from a ...
  A: I think you came from the same group of students who have asked similar questions. 1. What is the ...
The meaning and purpose of life10/18/2012
  Q: I am currently a Year 12 student doing an assignment for my Study of Religion class and we have been ...
  A: I have already answered the same questions posed by another student from your location. I don't ...
Meaning and purpose of life10/17/2012
  Q: I am currently a year twelve student studying the meaning and purpose of life in certain religions. ...
  A: Buddhist teachings are based on real-life observations and insight realization. What were taught by ...
Jesus10/9/2012
  Q: Please can you give your opinion from the Buddhist perspective on something that has often confused ...
  A: This is a very interesting question. But it is also a very difficult question to answer to ...
Eastern/Western Though class Interview Assingment10/5/2012
  Q: 1. Have you adopted these beliefs and 100% apply this knowledge to your self and life? 2. If ...
  A: 1. Have you adopted these beliefs and 100% apply this knowledge to your self and life? I don't ...
School assignment!10/3/2012
  Q: Choo! My name is Leslie Cuellar and I am working on an assignment for my virtual class online. I am ...
  A: What is/was the hardest concept for you to grasp? As I grow older, all concepts become clear. I ...
Buddhism Rebirth9/19/2012
  Q: Some people believe rebirth takes place soon after death. But some monks (including master) believe ...
  A: First, about the timing of rebirth. In Theravada interpretation, rebirth takes place ...
self9/14/2012
  Q: What is the self?
  A: This is a most difficult question. In the Buddhist perspective, a living person consists of this ...
related meditation8/30/2012
  Q: im practising vipsana mediation by concentrating my inner outer breath, for some time i can able to ...
  A: First I am not a "Venerable Sir". I am just an ordinary Buddhist. I note that you are not asking ...
Triloka in the Pali Canon8/15/2012
  Q: In which sutta(s) are the three lokas--Kamaloka, Rupaloka, and Arupaloka--specifically identified?
  A: The 3 lokas are usually referred to as the 31 planes of existence. The information is scattered in ...
Temples7/20/2012
  Q: Good day Justin choo, I am writing a paper for school and need some assistance from an expert for ...
  A: 1)How does the temple play into Buddhism? I think the best approach is to answer thisHow does the ...
Intreview Questions about Buddhism7/5/2012
  Q: I am conducting an interview for my Humanities class on Work religions. I was hoping to ask you a ...
  A: a. What does your religion do for you? It helps me to see the true nature of existence. b. What do ...
Dipankara Lifespan7/3/2012
  Q: Hey Justin! I'm sorry for having asked you so many questions. Being a Buddhist, I just have a lot of ...
  A: Feel free to ask as many questions as you like, and I can assure you that I will never get tired of ...
Abortion in the Tripitaka6/22/2012
  Q: I am aware that the First Precept sets forth that the taking of life is unscrupulous. I've also read ...
  A: We need not have to go deep into the Tipitakka. Just consider the first precept. So the main issue ...
Agganna Sutta6/18/2012
  Q: Hey Justin. I know you've addressed this sutta before, so sorry for bringing it up. I was confused ...
  A: First, we need to decide whether this piece of sutta came from the Buddha's mouth. I really don't ...
Sharing of merits6/18/2012
  Q: Buddha showed us the way towards the truth but we have to walk the path ourselves in order to ...
  A: The term "sharing merit" refers to sharing merits with the departed, the devas (higher beings) and ...
short term monk6/13/2012
  Q: Justin, I am from johor. I am interested on the short term monks programme(Theravada teaching). May ...
  A: Please Google search for "novitiate programme in Malaysia" and you will find info on this subject. ...
Conversian6/13/2012
  Q: I was baptized catholic when I was a baby, I have never gone to church much and when I do it just… ...
  A: Buddhism is about universal truths based on intelligent analysis of what we can experience here and ...
A Buddhism Conundrum6/5/2012
  Q: Hey there. I'm researching Buddhism for a novel I'm working on and I came across something that I ...
  A: First, my apology for the delay in replying. It was just downright an oversight. I am sorry I ...
God.5/29/2012
  Q: I do not strictly practice Buddhism but I quite agree with the teachings. Did Buddhism believe in ...
  A: Your name reminds me of a cousin of mine, and I have good reason to confirm that you are the one! ...
buddhism5/4/2012
  Q: Would you mind if I want to know how come you become a buddhist. If I could ask ...
  A: I was born into a so-called Buddhist family. However my knowledge of Buddhism actually came from ...
Some Questions about the Precepts4/15/2012
  Q: Choo for taking the time to answer my question. It's a bit silly, but out of wonder I thought I ...
  A: Buddhism is most practical. If you don't feel like doing certain things, then it's your freedom to ...
Theft Concept In Buddhism4/14/2012
  Q: If I listen to songs and watch movies from youtube or other online sources without buying the cds, ...
  A: I suppose legally you are infringing on copyright laws. May I ask whether your operating system is ...
Buddhism and reincarnation4/4/2012
  Q: I chanced upon this website while I was searching for the vastness of the universe on Google, just ...
  A: The answer for your first question is "Yes". For the last question, "Yes, you are right too!" You ...
Theravada Buddhism in Thailand3/21/2012
  Q: What argument would theravada buddhists in Thailand be on in relation to Euthenasia- for or against, ...
  A: I am sorry to inform you that already 3 of your fellow students have asked similar questions. ...
Theravada Buddhism in Thailand on subject of euthanasia3/21/2012
  Q: I am doing an religion assignment on Theravada Buddhism in thailand. Could you please answer the ...
  A: Two of your fellow students asked about this subject. Euthanasia as explained in the dictionary: ...
Theravada Buddhism, Euthanasia3/20/2012
  Q: I am currently studying Theravada Buddhism and would like to know your views on Euthanasia.Also what ...
  A: One of your fellow students asked about this subject. Euthanasia as explained in the dictionary: ...
Euthanasia in Buddhism3/19/2012
  Q: I am writing a report in my Study of Religion class about euthanasia in Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism ...
  A: 1. Is euthanasia accepted in Tibetan Buddhist culture in today's society? Euthanasia as explained ...
Abortion in theravada Buddhism3/19/2012
  Q: I am studying Buddhism and was tasks to find out the view that Theravada Buddhism have on abortion. ...
  A: Buddhism is about universal truths. It doesn't matter what Buddhist tradition or which nationality. ...
Buddhism Q's2/27/2012
  Q: Namaste. I was just wondering. Since Buddhism isn't mutually exclusive in its beliefs, do you ever ...
  A: "I was just wondering. Since Buddhism isn't mutually exclusive in its beliefs, do you ever seek ...
A Question2/24/2012
  Q: how do religions treat their death?
  A: I would take it that you mean "how do Buddhists treat their death?". There is no prescribed ...
Questions about Buddhism for my Philosophy class.2/23/2012
  Q: 1. In Buddhism craving for things is the origins for mans suffering and is mans weakness. I am ...
  A: 1. In Buddhism craving for things is the origins for mans suffering and is mans weakness. I am ...
Questions about Buddhism2/23/2012
  Q: I am taking an online course on Eastern and Western philophy. For an assignment, I was asked to ...
  A: 1) What are some rituals that Buddhists perform? Is there a Buddhist equivalent to praying, and what ...
New Buddhas/Boddhistavas2/12/2012
  Q: I have attended several chanting classes in Mahayana Buddhist temple. Before the actual recital, ...
  A: As you know, there are two main traditions in Buddhism, namely Mahayana and Theravada. I follow the ...
vipassana meditation2/5/2012
  Q: namaste! My questions are regarding the practice of Vipassana meditation.I had been ...
  A: Buddhist meditation is rather "complicated" with so many "experts" expounding their methods. As far ...
School Questions1/24/2012
  Q: Choo, I have a couple questions concerning your specific form of Buddhism. I ask these, not as a ...
  A: I like your questions. They are very typical of those asked by other faiths who are not familiar ...
Buddhism and emotions1/5/2012
  Q: I have recently become very interested in Buddhism and plan to begin attending classes at a local ...
  A: Welcome to the journey of peace and contentment. When you experience "peace and contentment" you ...
the enlightened ones life12/10/2011
  Q: though i have not converted to buddhism,every moment i follow or try to follow the precepts.i would ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and contentment. You just need to Google Search whatever topics ...
Lokas and plains12/8/2011
  Q: Sir, I asked question about lokas which I am satisfied now.Brahma,all arihants belong to different ...
  A: Welcome back. I suggest you study the link on 31 planes of existence I provided earlier. Here it is ...
buddhism12/7/2011
  Q: hi so i want 2 know about buddhism
  A: So you want to know about Buddhism. Please pose your question then? It is when you ask that you ...
Lokas12/7/2011
  Q: It is said that there are 14 lokas(i.e earth and all heavens&hells) in our galaxy there are many ...
  A: In Buddhist cosmology, existence is divided into 31 planes. Depending on the manner one divides ...
Buddhist science12/5/2011
  Q: Is it true that tha Abhidharma teaches that humans existed before animals? Thank you for taking my ...
  A: The Abhidhamma is a complex set of the higher (or more technical) teachings of the Buddha. It has ...
The Buddhas words12/1/2011
  Q: Ajahn Brahmali said in a discourse that the Buddha did not have the time to say everything that is ...
  A: The Buddha preached for 45 years. I would say given this length of time he would be able to say all ...
Success and no success11/25/2011
  Q: Another Question for you brother Justin Choo...I want to know how is possible the this boy Ram ...
  A: We start on this life not on a level playing ground. Each bring with him/her the past ...
Teachers11/19/2011
  Q: I am disabled and homebound. I am curious as to weather or not there are any online resources where ...
  A: I am not sure about this. But you can definitely find tons of Buddhist websites where you can get a ...
Couples Religious Issues11/19/2011
  Q: I need to seek your advice concerning sensitive issues of couples who have different religious ...
  A: Before I try to give my comments, I need to state that there may be other factors that resulted to ...
reciting the 5 precepts and 3 refuges in pali11/14/2011
  Q: I find it difficult to say the 3 refuges and 5 precepts in pali. Would I be able to say it in ...
  A: The Buddha's teachings are about universal truths for the well-being and happiness of individuals. ...
Compassion, Loving-Kindness11/7/2011
  Q: Conventually speaking, How are compassion and Loving Kindness practiced in Buddhism?
  A: monkeys@gmail.com", The Buddhist (Pali) term for "compassion" is Karuna; while "loving kindness" is ...
Can I become a police officer?11/6/2011
  Q: I've recently been looking into Buddhism and have been really interested by it but I was wondering ...
  A: The five precepts are not absolute commandments. In fact there is no commandment in Buddhism. The ...
the practice of Vassa10/25/2011
  Q: My topic of choice was Vassa and the ending celebration of Katina. I would greatly appreciate if you ...
  A: (Sorry for the late reply for I had overlooked this mail.) 1. Being that Vassa is practiced during ...
Buddhism and Suffering10/18/2011
  Q: I'm in grade 12 and I'm doing an assignment about Buddhism for religion. I have to compare Buddhist ...
  A: #1 Considering that Buddhists do not have a divine figure, what do they believe is the cause of ...
Interview10/12/2011
  Q: My class assignment is to find someone who is an expert and/or follows Buddhism, Confucianism, or ...
  A: 1. Do you think that Buddhism is a simple religion to follow? Yes. In short one only needs to do 3 ...
asking for advice9/20/2011
  Q: Im only learning about Buddhism,I have been interested in Krishna consciousness and I love many ...
  A: Aha! This sounds like the perfect question for "Ask Auntie Jane" column. Seriously, there is ...
buddhist astrology9/16/2011
  Q: Will you please tell me about Buddist astrology? I have begun searching for a spirituality that ...
  A: I am sorry to disappoint you that there is nothing about astrology in Buddhism. Some may lead you ...
Christian God and Buddha.9/16/2011
  Q: Is it possible to believe in God but follow Buddhism? I don't seem to enjoy my religion anymore and ...
  A: "Is it possible to believe in God but follow Buddhism?" Do you really know why you asked this ...
About buddhism9/15/2011
  Q: Respect brother Justin Choo... I would like to ask what you see when you enter in trance?how look ...
  A: Going into a trance is not a Buddhist practice. Buddhism is about contentment and inner peace, and ...
My parents uses Karma as a threat!9/13/2011
  Q: I was born into being a Theravada Buddhist and was taught disrespecting elders and believeing ...
  A: Kamma is universal. Action and reaction. No one needs to threaten you with the concept of kamma. ...
Pharmacy9/12/2011
  Q: I am a 4th-year pharmacy student and am undergoing a project to promote cultural awareness in ...
  A: Buddhism is different from other religions. It does not set laws and commandments on its followers. ...
confused9/12/2011
  Q: I've only been looking at the whole buddhist idea for a little while, but i believe in most things ...
  A: You are a young man and have plenty of time to know more about Buddhism. You can visit the various ...
To become a buddhist.9/10/2011
  Q: my question is... Does one have to be a part of a temple community to be a buddhist? i have been ...
  A: Welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. If you read carefully my opening sentence, ...
Buddhism & Tarot Cards9/8/2011
  Q: I was wondering what the Buddhist opinion on reading tarot cards is. I read once that as a buddhist, ...
  A: As you consider yourself a Buddhist, then I would say that "reading tarot cards" has nothing to do ...
A divine being8/24/2011
  Q: I have been studying many different religions and their own individual takes on evolution vs. ...
  A: "So what is it that they do believe in?" Buddhists do not believe in anything!! Buddhists try to ...
RE: buddhist healthcare vs. western culture healthcare8/22/2011
  Q: Is there any verbal or non-verbal communication factors needed to know by healthcare providers when ...
  A: Buddhism is very different from other religions. Buddhism per se is actually about how to live a ...
Stem Cells8/20/2011
  Q: I am writing a paper regarding stem cells and I wish to consider the different perspectives on this ...
  A: Your question is not about Buddhism. I would assume funds for research purposes would certainly ...
Smell odour during & after chanting8/18/2011
  Q: I had been practicing chanting & meditation for like almost 2 years. why do I smell some kind of ...
  A: You did not mention how long this has been going on. We may want to consider strange happenings on ...
Tattoos & Insects8/6/2011
  Q: Is it considered disrespectful to get a Mahayana Bodhisattva (specifically Manjusri) tattooed on ...
  A: Tattooing has nothing to do with the teachings of the Buddha. Certain communities have as affinity ...
Care Giving7/31/2011
  Q: I’ve previously written before and am very grateful for your help. The enquiry was regarding being ...
  A: My sympathies are with you. I know how you are feeling. I used to take care of my mother until she ...
Imagination and negative thoughts7/28/2011
  Q: Of late I'm having a lot of imagination which leads to negative thoughts. Whenever my partner ...
  A: Initially from your description of your relationship I thought you must be located in a Western ...
displaying of images of Buddha7/27/2011
  Q: Explain why earthly followersof Buddhism didnot believe images of Buddha should be displayed ,yet ...
  A: I would say very few Buddhists would object to the display of Buddha images. Of course, Buddha ...
A silly question about meditation7/27/2011
  Q: it is me Seth again. I don't know if you remember but you answered a question for me a while ago and ...
  A: I searched through my answer archives, and yes now I remember you, the young lady with "my cup is ...
Spiritual welcoming for a baby7/24/2011
  Q: I was invited to a spiritual welcoming for my great niece and was wondering since it did not seem ...
  A: I am sorry I don't quite understand your question. From what you wrote, I feel that it will be just ...
finding the truth7/18/2011
  Q: i'm a 20 years old male.sir ,for couple of months i have been trying to find the true religion,the ...
  A: If you are trying to find the "real god", you have come to the wrong site. Buddhists do not ...
Ceremony after miscarriage/abortion.7/18/2011
  Q: I originally heard about a ceremony with a monk (Tam Boon I think is the general name)for couples ...
  A: There is actually no such "ceremony". In Thai language, "Tham Boon" means simply "making merit". ...
The four noble truths7/15/2011
  Q: I am from India, was born in a hindu family, and currently am a science student and recognize myself ...
  A: There are two parts in your comments. The first involves what the Buddha taught about this world. ...
Mosquito7/12/2011
  Q: Read with interest your latest entry in your blog about undertaking to observe Panca Sila where you ...
  A: It's not a matter of whether we can or cannot. It is a choice of whether we should or should not. ...
Buddhism & Sports7/11/2011
  Q: I've been browsing around seeking out Buddhist beliefs on sports - both team & individual. I ...
  A: The Buddhist spiritual pursuit emphasizes on peace of mind. Any competitive sport requires a ...
Question about Buddhist teaching7/8/2011
  Q: Greetings, I am trying to learn the underlying teachings of Buddhism to better understand the over ...
  A: What we understand as Buddhists are based on the teachings of the Buddha. We can of course use our ...
do not kill6/24/2011
  Q: I want to know your opinion on putting a loved pet to sleep that is old and suffering and has no ...
  A: I used to give longer answers to this recurring question. But this time I think I shall give you a ...
The Influence of Buddha6/23/2011
  Q: Is Buddha capable of continuing to influence our world? I'm told that he is, but then that would ...
  A: I take it that you are referring to Gotama Buddha. As you know in the Theravada tradition, any ...
Buddhaland6/15/2011
  Q: What does Buddhaland looks like?
  A: Welcome back. The fact that you came back, I presume you are not annoyed by my first answer to you. ...
Unskillful behavior6/15/2011
  Q: I converted to Theravada Buddhism about three years ago but I'm still a little confused about some ...
  A: Karma or kamma is a universal law, applicable to all humans. In plane language, it is the law of ...
Nirvana6/14/2011
  Q: Do you have a diagram of Nirvana?
  A: Nirvana is not something that we can fully understand. It is not the same concept as the Christian ...
Regarding a creator God and what Buddhism has to say about it6/14/2011
  Q: Respected Brother Hope all is well with you. I am writing to you again--this time with another ...
  A: Welcome back. I am find, thank you. And I hope you are fine too. Someone asked me a few days ago ...
buddhism and organ donation6/14/2011
  Q: What do Buddhist think of organ donation? Why do Buddhist believes this? Is there different ...
  A: You must be from the same group that has asked similar questions. What do Buddhist think of organ ...
Death and Funerals in Theravada Buddhism.6/12/2011
  Q: I have a few questions about the death and funeral rituals in Theravada Buddhism. These are: 1. What ...
  A: This subject is always a problem even with so-called Buddhists who are not familiar with Buddhism. ...
organ donation6/12/2011
  Q: hi do you have any information on the time it takes the conciousness to leave the body after death?
  A: From th Buddhist perspective, there are a number of differing views. The Tibetan Buddhists believe ...
Genetic engineering and buddhism.6/10/2011
  Q: What is a Buddhist view towards the whole concept of genetic engineering? What is your veiw on ...
  A: I have received a number of similar questions from your location. You must be from the same group. ...
Xenotransplantation and Theravada Buddhism6/1/2011
  Q: I am currently undergoing a research assignment involving the ethical issue of xenotransplantation ...
  A: I am receiving similiar questions last few days coming from your location. My answers will be ...
organ donation5/31/2011
  Q: Thanks
  A: Here we go again! I am receiving similiar questions last few days coming from your location. ...
Buddha positions / mudras5/29/2011
  Q: I have a buddha. He's sitting with his left leg in the meditation position, but his right knee is ...
  A: From your description, I would agree with you that it is probably from Tibet. I can't really ...
Realm Questions5/25/2011
  Q: How did the human realm come into being? For millions of years there were only animals on this ...
  A: The Buddha explained that there are many realms of existence. These realms always exist together. ...
Fear and one creator god?5/20/2011
  Q: I'm 17 and for all of those years I've been raised a christian however after studying quite a bit of ...
  A: Not many 17 year olds are like you. They would prefer enjoying themselves in the latest high tech ...
Questions about Buddhism5/20/2011
  Q: Choo, I am currently taking a religion course and in need for help. I am writing a paper on ...
  A: I think this is the first time I received someone from your country. Yes, indeed you have too ...
Lying5/19/2011
  Q: The question i would like to ask is about lying in Buddhism. The nature of my work involves ...
  A: Buddhists are advised to refrain from lying. Note the word "refrain". Usually the recitation of ...
Cloning5/18/2011
  Q: For my Study of Religion assignment on Ethics and Technology I have chosen to do the Buddhist view. ...
  A: I have been asked numerous times on topics of this nature. New scientific discoveries and ...
embryonic stem cells5/16/2011
  Q: What is your perspective on embryonic stem cells? also is there any specific/doctrine which founds ...
  A: I wish to inform you that I am not a Buddhist scholar; neither am I an intellect. I only use my ...
managing anger/preventing it from festering5/13/2011
  Q: I would think myself as a normal person with occasional outburst. But lately, my outbursts are ...
  A: <<"I would think myself as a normal person with occasional outburst.">> Yes you are a normal person. ...
Death5/12/2011
  Q: I hope you are doing fine. I have a recurring question on my mind and in fact it's very simple: ...
  A: In the Budhist perspective, we need to explain what is this life in us. In layman's language, we ...
thanks brother--another question5/12/2011
  Q: I agree with your views, which you have kindly expressed in your second reply, for which I thank ...
  A: Brother Yoginder, Yes, "Brother" is the preferred term for a Buddhist to address another fellow ...
Power of our mind?5/10/2011
  Q: All these while I was told that every action from us will have an effect of karma, be it words, ...
  A: I like your question. Very down to earth and pertinent to everyday life. I am sure you have read ...
Theravada vs Mahayana5/5/2011
  Q: I think my common sense accept Theravada Buddhism easily. But still, I am novice. In my country ...
  A: Welcome back. With reference to question 1, I think you need to realize that what is taught as ...
Chinese Buddhism5/5/2011
  Q: Chu I would like to become a Mahayana Buddhist. However, I would like to become a Mahayana Buddhist ...
  A: The best approach is to visit a Mahayana Buddhist temple near you. Then you can participate in ...
Shamanism vs Buddhism5/4/2011
  Q: I am novice in Buddhism, but I love to harmonize it with everything I encounter as religious or ...
  A: First, I would like to emphasize that Buddhism is about how to live a contented and peaceful life. ...
Romance vs Buddhism?4/30/2011
  Q: I was pondering whether or not romantic love and relationships can be compatible with a buddhist ...
  A: May I take it that you are the same Nicolaas? The one who tends to make simple concepts very ...
Eightfold Path4/25/2011
  Q: I am doing an assignment for school. I need to demonstrate with examples how the Eightfold Path be ...
  A: I don't quite understand what you really want. The Eightfold Path is universal. It applies to ...
school project4/22/2011
  Q: I am currently do a school project on religion and how it affects fear of death. I was wondering if ...
  A: 1. What happens to people after they die in the teachings of Buddha? There are many realms of ...
Naraka Beings4/22/2011
  Q: Is Yama a deva, or is he classed among the dwellers of Naraka? Are the torturers in Naraka devas? Do ...
  A: This is one subject that I have reservation in the literal interpretation. My personal opinion is ...
life4/19/2011
  Q: i am 17 with 14 heart defects and i don't know how long i will live on this earth and want to know ...
  A: I am sure you have come a long way. It makes me feel very inadequate to give advice. I take it ...
Influenced by different traditions4/18/2011
  Q: I have been meditating and reading/practicing Buddhist principles for about 3 years or so. I read ...
  A: This is probably the most controversial subject, and quite often confusing, complicating and ...
Concept of Sin in Buddhism4/16/2011
  Q: In one of your response you mention that there is no concept of sin in Buddhism. Then why we are ...
  A: I think we should first define what "sin" means. Dictionary.com @ ...
Angels and demons in Buddhism4/14/2011
  Q: I'm researching angel and demon doctrines in the world's religions for a paper. Being Christian, ...
  A: Buddhist text is found in the Tipitakka which recorded all the Buddha's discourses. In Buddhist ...
Security/ insecurity4/13/2011
  Q: I have an important question and I am determined to find the answser. My question is very simple in ...
  A: Buddhists don't have problem trying to reconcile apparent contradictions; like giving a host of ...
Killing of Ants4/1/2011
  Q: Lately, there have been many dead and half-dead ants in my house. It is very frustrating as I do ...
  A: Many Buddhists are troubled by this "not killing" precept. And as you rightly admitted, most ...
act accordingly3/31/2011
  Q: Today I am struggling with some words of the Dalai Lama in the Dalai Lama's Little Book of Wisdom. ...
  A: "whether the response of others is positive or negative, you must first create the ground of ...
Basic Questions about your practices of Buddhism3/29/2011
  Q: In what tradition were you raised?   In what tradition(s) do you now consider yourself? What ...
  A: You certainly have lots of questions. Please confirm whether this is your assignment, which I shall ...
Becoming a Buddhist Nun3/29/2011
  Q: I'm interested in learning more about becoming a Buddhist nun. I studied Buddhism when I was ...
  A: If you want to become a Buddhist nun in the Mahayana tradition, then you can visit any of the ...
love affaires3/28/2011
  Q: i am a Buddhist and i have a girlfriend.we understood about each other very well and both of us are ...
  A: May I pescribe a very simple "acid test" for whatever you do. "Acid test" means if the action ...
interview for high school project.3/23/2011
  Q: Hey there Justin, I am working on a research paper for my English Honors high school class. I ...
  A: In fact if you were to ask the opposite question, I may be able to give you a long answer. But ...
Disaster-Japan3/16/2011
  Q: Beside man-made problem of wars and fight, when nature unleash it fury like those of US Katrina, ...
  A: This question has been asked many times especially after a major disaster has happened. In terms of ...
Buddists Ethics3/13/2011
  Q: I was wondering if you could answer the following question. If not, that's okay. What are ethics ...
  A: This doesn't sound like a Buddhist question. It is more of a philosophical one. However, I can ...
Buddhism3/11/2011
  Q: what are some foods associated with your religion,either for holidays or special event please urgent ...
  A: Buddhism is about living life in peace and contentment. There isn't any food that is special for ...
Religious Interview Questions3/10/2011
  Q: First off, let me thank you sincerely for hearing my questions! I am interested to learn about your ...
  A: You have lots of questions, but some are close to the ridiculous. Sorry. Nevermind, I shall answer ...
Wedding within 100 days3/9/2011
  Q: My future husband's mom just passed away and we were supposed to register for our marriage next ...
  A: I take it that you are a Chinese. Marriage within 100 days after death of parents is an age old ...
Buddhism2/28/2011
  Q: Your question was Hi, I'm doing a school project about Buddhism and was wondering if you could ...
  A: (Your surname brings home closer to Malaysia.) <<How did you become a practitioner of Buddhism? ...
Buddhism2/27/2011
  Q: Justin. I also needs answer to questions about Buddhism and would appreciate your help. 1.Do you ...
  A: 1.Do you currently teach in the US or in Malaysia. I am supposed to do this project of interviewing ...
Religion/Buddhism HUM130 Final Project2/19/2011
  Q: I need help for my final. I have several questions and I have lucked out with finding someone who ...
  A: I have answered those questions many times. If you look through the answer archives you should find ...
tibetan alphabet2/17/2011
  Q: im from south africa. looking for an tibetan alphabet as i want some enscription done on a wedding ...
  A: You have come to the wrong site. I answer questions on Buddhism; nothing to do with Tibetan ...
buddha and jesus2/16/2011
  Q: Did Lord Buddha speak of Jeus? How did this universe start according to buddhism?
  A: <<Did Lord Buddha speak of Jeus?>> I take it that your question means Jesus and not Jeus which is ...
Thervadan Tibeten Reincanation Question2/14/2011
  Q: I would like to know how Theravadan Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism arrived at such different ...
  A: Yours is a very interesting question. There are many concepts that have similar problems. The two ...
To live or to die2/4/2011
  Q: I have a certain question in mind whether to Live or to die is a satisfied option? The reason of ...
  A: (You are the first person that I have received a question from your country, after so many years ...
four noble truths1/23/2011
  Q: In your years of teaching and studying how would you say that the Four Noble Truths prepare you for ...
  A: It is not an easy question to answer. It is difficult to judge oneself. Each individual has ...
The beginning, the end, and everything in between1/21/2011
  Q: I am currently studying world religions and have the following questions that I am having difficulty ...
  A: #1 I am having difficulty understanding the cosmogony or creation theory of Buddhism. What I ...
Self/I1/19/2011
  Q: I appreciated your answer to a recent question of mine, and I hope you won't mind if I ask you ...
  A: On the mundane aspect, the "self" is very real such that the survival instinct is predominant. So ...
Question regarding homosexuality and God1/18/2011
  Q: I am a fellow Theravada Buddhist practitioner, and I have a few questions. 1) According to ...
  A: 1) Frankly, my personal opinion is that humans are just being hypocrites, especially anything to do ...
Nibbhana1/13/2011
  Q: I could not follow up with a new question so would like to further the subject with this doubt. ...
  A: You are now confusing me. Looks like this time you are not asking a question. So let it rest. ...
Very confused - anger, praying for help?1/12/2011
  Q: I have had problems with losing my temper throughout my life. It seems that even when I feel like I ...
  A: 1. We brought with us a vast storehouse of kamma, some good, some not very good. Some people are by ...
Interview for college project1/11/2011
  Q: Choo, I have a project that I am completing for a final paper. I am studying Buddhism and need to ...
  A: Actually I have answered some of your questions several times as others have asked the same ...
Questions on Mara, Devas, Naraka, and Video Games1/11/2011
  Q: (1) I've read that Mara is among the highest tier of the kamadhatu, or desire realm. Does this mean ...
  A: 1. If you have the chart showing the 31 planes of existence, you would notice that Mara recides in ...
Buddhist1/9/2011
  Q: Well, I'm a 17 year old from Australia and have been studying Humanistic Buddhism at my local temple ...
  A: And welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. It is not too often to find a 17-year old ...
Do random events and chance circumstance exist in the world or are all events dictated by karma?1/5/2011
  Q: If Karma is only 1/5th of the natural laws then are the other 4/5ths created by GOD? If the 4/5th ...
  A: The Buddha explained events as a cycle. There is no beginning and no ending. There is no first ...
Self1/2/2011
  Q: I would like you to clarify the meaning of real self.I understand that the teaching of anatta holds ...
  A: I don't think there is any specific Buddhist term called "real self". If you found the term from ...
the devil12/30/2010
  Q: does buddhism teach you to fear the devil?
  A: In the first place, there is no Devil in Buddhism. I assume that the Devil you are referring to is ...
please help me12/21/2010
  Q: i would appreciate it if you can help me.my granny Recieved a small buddha statue as a gift and she ...
  A: It is very noble of you to respect the statue of the Buddha. To be honest, the statue of the Buddha ...
Emptiness and Daily Life12/20/2010
  Q: I am new to Buddhism. One of the key teachings of Buddhism is about how everything eventually leads ...
  A: Welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. The journey along this path is a long and ...
dream12/7/2010
  Q: I just need the truth. Is life real or a dream? I know it's real I just need a statement saying that ...
  A: Actually, I have already answered your question. Please read it carefully. For your convenience, ...
help (dream)12/6/2010
  Q: I recently asked you about life being a dream. I know that it's not, but I get stressed sometimes ...
  A: I really don't know how to assist you. It's all in your mind. Sometimes if you dealt too much in a ...
Buddhsim12/5/2010
  Q: I was wondering if there are any rules or things that Buddhists have to keep to about having a baby? ...
  A: As I said before, Buddhism in its pristine form only concerns living life free from greed and ...
Egoic death12/4/2010
  Q: I'm new to this site and have found your answers helpful so here is my question. It's complicated ...
  A: "Does this make sense to you and do you have any suggestions as to how to work with it?" I'm afraid ...
blessed yellow string11/30/2010
  Q: What is the meaning of the yellow string tied to the wrist? Why is this practised by Buddhist? Thank ...
  A: It is a tradition that Buddhist monks tie a yellow "blessed" string on the wrist of devotees after ...
saved a persons life11/26/2010
  Q: how are you? It has long since bin a belief of mine that if you save a persons life you are ...
  A: I am well, thank you. I don't quite understand your question. No one should be responsible for ...
dream11/24/2010
  Q: I have heard online about life is not real and is a dream. Is everybody around me real? Am I real? ...
  A: I have been asked this question several times. Below is the answer I gave: This is my ...
Buddhism11/18/2010
  Q: I am taking a class in religion and have to ask some questions I would appreciate any assistance you ...
  A: Your questions have been asked numerous times. 1. In 50 words or less how would you describe ...
Children11/13/2010
  Q: When do children become considered adults in Buddhism? This is a question by my nephew (8-1/2 years ...
  A: I don't think the Buddha specifically said any thing about this. Buddhism is concerned with the ...
Questions about Buddhism11/13/2010
  Q: I am currently studying religions as a college course and Buddhism has stuck out to me and I would ...
  A: 1. How long have your been a Buddhist? I was born into a Buddhist family. But that doesn't mean a ...
buddhism and life11/11/2010
  Q: Sir, i got an email, in which i saw photos of people eating human flesh by cutting part by part ...
  A: In this day and age, we are exposed to all sorts of things; thanks to the internet. However we got ...
Vipassana Meditation11/4/2010
  Q: Recently I began reading Mindfulness in Plain English and after reading the book, I began practicing ...
  A: " I've found that I begin getting really nauseous....What might be causing this and is it dangerous? ...
General11/2/2010
  Q: Hey Hey, We are a young family just wondering why you are Buddhist and why it is the religion for ...
  A: Why do you assume that I must have reason(s) to become a Buddhist? Why do assume that it is so ...
The Perfection of the Universe10/27/2010
  Q: I recently listened to a recorded lecture by Ram Dass and someone asked him about suffering in the ...
  A: The Buddhist concept of Kamma explains clearly why beings are born unequal. Under normal ...
My mother disowned us10/17/2010
  Q: My father past away long time ago, leave us with some property, my mother want to sell the property, ...
  A: Actually, this site is about questions on Buddhism, and not about counselling on family affairs. ...
altered state10/10/2010
  Q: does breathing in meditation leads to altered state? what is the role of breathing to the road to ...
  A: <<does breathing in meditation leads to altered state? what is the role of breathing to the road to ...
Thinking about converting to buddhism10/10/2010
  Q: Choo. I've recently realized how much buddhism ideals are the same as my own, and I am considering ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace. "Inner peace" implies having the wisdom to interprete life ...
Anapana and Vipassana9/30/2010
  Q: I understand vipassana meditation seeks to understand the source of all ...
  A: Many people tend to treat the different types of Buddhist meditation as distinct from one another. ...
Method of meditation9/30/2010
  Q: Do you know of any method of meditation that can help purify the mind from defiled thoughts and ...
  A: You may find Buddhist meditation helpful. A simple form of meditation is to note the breathing ...
buddhism and life9/29/2010
  Q: 1. What is driving our lives. is it desire or interest or expectation or aiming? which should be ...
  A: 1. What is driving our lives. is it desire or interest or expectation or aiming? which should be ...
Buddhist view on deliberate termination of life9/28/2010
  Q: I was wondering about your question response to Daniel about your views on Euthanasia and stem cells ...
  A: What Buddha taught and what his followers did may not always be similar. After all, the followers ...
Fundamental Constituents of the Universe9/28/2010
  Q: I have learned in the beginning phrases of the early chapters of the Abridged Abhidhamma literature, ...
  A: I must admit that I am not a Buddhist scholar and I am not that well versed with the exact ...
Buddhism9/25/2010
  Q: Can I believe in God and Jesus and Buddha at the same time. Does a Buddhist believe in God and ...
  A: <<"Can I believe in God and Jesus and Buddha at the same time.">> Buddhists will tell you that you ...
Buddhism question9/25/2010
  Q: I am a Buddha student and also a Christian who believes in Christ. Do we pray to Buddha like we ...
  A: <<"Do we pray to Buddha like we would with Jesus?>> No, we don't pray to the Buddha like you would ...
An Interview on Buddhism9/23/2010
  Q: my name is Colleen and I am currently studying Buddhism. One of my assignments is to interview ...
  A: <<-Buddha identified 3 obvious kinds of suffering as old age, sickness, and death. Does youth have a ...
Enlightenmnet and Getting Rid from Sins.9/19/2010
  Q: In Buddhism, God has no place in Buddhism. Buddhist don't take refuge in Supreme God. I am ...
  A: Before answering your questions, there is a need to understand that Buddhist concepts are very ...
inhale9/17/2010
  Q: what is the significance of inhale exhale in meditation because i have read a swimming article that ...
  A: One of the methods of meditation is to note the inbreath (inhaling) and the outbreath (exhaling). ...
buddhism9/15/2010
  Q: why was Buddhism started? and how was Buddhism started. i am Maria weinbrenner in a global history ...
  A: Since you are in a hurry, let me give you a short direct answer, and then you can go to this link ...
Buddhism and life9/8/2010
  Q: A person does not respect me in many ways. i did not expect it..but i am a senior to him. So i ...
  A: This is not a "Dhamma" question. This concerns your worldly affairs. I would be insulting your ...
Sottapattihood9/8/2010
  Q: Is sottapatti-hood (i.e., sottapan-hood, sottapatti enlightenment)achievable (to a Buddhist ...
  A: According to the text, Sotapanna or "stream-winner" is a person who has eradicated the first ...
Three Things9/2/2010
  Q: What are/were the three things Buddha cannot/could not do?
  A: This is a strange question. The Buddha existed as a human being. And being human in form, there ...
religion8/24/2010
  Q: If you choose to become a buddhist, can you still be a christian? To me buddhism is more of a way to ...
  A: You can live a good and pure life even without adhering to any religion. Should you choose to be ...
My family and death8/23/2010
  Q: im Patricia and i have red about Buddhism, is an admirable philosophy, but i have a question that i ...
  A: Let me explain the concept of rebirth, and I think after that you would be able to reason out and ...
On my own8/20/2010
  Q: It has been sort of a comfort to have come upon this site where one can communicate their questions, ...
  A: Welcome to this site. I hope it will provide you the avenue to communicate with "like minded" ...
medisoul8/19/2010
  Q: justin, whats diff between calming the mind, stilling the mind and emptying the mind? if we ...
  A: <<whats diff between calming the mind, stilling the mind and emptying the mind?>> "Calming" and ...
meditation & self-awareness8/12/2010
  Q: I'm doing some research on yoga & meditation, as planning on making it a daily thing for me. What ...
  A: Meditation takes many forms. Here we are talking about the meditation which the Buddha practised. ...
When a woman becomes a nun8/3/2010
  Q: How does her name change? I know this differs from different cultures. What texts are useful to ...
  A: This is a very general question. I don't think I can provide any specific answer, except that she ...
think think think8/2/2010
  Q: is meditation about closing your eyes and thinking something? can u please give me a snapshot of ...
  A: Let me give you a practical example. Training a dog. Let's take the example of training a dog. ...
buddha charm8/1/2010
  Q: last year my son was given a Buddha charm contained in a pouch to carry around in his pocket. I was ...
  A: The Buddha specifically forbade his monks to demonstrate their supernatural powers. This was to ...
This is about extraterrestrial life7/31/2010
  Q: This is about extraterrestrial life I have heard that there is “Anguttara Nikaya” some where or in ...
  A: To the best of my knowledge, the Buddha did not talk about "extra-terrestrial beings." The closest ...
women7/19/2010
  Q: What is Buddhism's view of women? Thank you!
  A: Buddhism gives equal importance to women. It acknowledges the biological and physical differences ...
Inter-self7/13/2010
  Q: I am a very giving person. I help people to the point that I do without things needed to live. Even ...
  A: I would be more comfortable to comment if you had provided more information about yourself, like ...
Pressure of Parents7/10/2010
  Q: Justin Choo. I think it is great that you're helping others in need during their time of struggle in ...
  A: I wonder whether you are from the same location as the other young man who shared similar ...
Buddhism7/7/2010
  Q: My parents have always been obsessed with physical success and material gain, and I went along with ...
  A: You would have noticed that there is a typo error in my answer. Just to set it right; last line of ...
Unfairness7/7/2010
  Q: How to deal with unfairness, in this case your own Mother. She like to lie to us ( the children ) ...
  A: Your question requires a bit more information, like your age, your race and cultural background, ...
Buddhism and childbirth7/7/2010
  Q: I am a student midwife and have been set an assignment on how being a Buddhist may affect ...
  A: This is an interesting question. Actually Buddhism is about how to experience inner peace through ...
Bad karma7/5/2010
  Q: Over the last several years I have challenged the religious beliefs I was raised with, with my ...
  A: Karma is just one of the many factors that affect our lives, although a very strong factor. So ...
How to Deal with Negative thoughts and actions.7/3/2010
  Q: First, let me thank you for taking the time to help many others on this site, and hopefully me if i ...
  A: It's always a happy feeling that one's effort is appreciated. Now to your question. You are not ...
Human rebirth6/28/2010
  Q: I was wondering if following the five precepts to the best of one's ability, and living a life of ...
  A: Your question leads to a very affirmative answer. Yes! The lesser unwholesome actions we commit, ...
Love without attachment6/28/2010
  Q: I was wondering if you could define what love without attachment is? How can I work towards loving ...
  A: It's easy to explain in words, but to be honest it is very difficult to practise non-attachment, ...
Strong Emotions6/21/2010
  Q: Choo, I have a friend in school who I can consider a really good friend. For a while, however, ...
  A: (I assume you are the same Kris.) Buddhism is about about how to live in peace and contentment. ...
knowledge6/17/2010
  Q: What are Sanskrit and Asanskrit Dharmas in Buddhism? बौद्ध ...
  A: Frankly this is the first time I've heard of this. To me Dharma is Dharma; simply, Truth is Truth. ...
Three Conflicts6/15/2010
  Q: I have been interested in Buddhism for almost 30 years, but I am only recently taking it very ...
  A: Welcome, and I shall make a general comment first. The precepts are not commandments. They are ...
buddhist environmental ethics6/12/2010
  Q: i am currently doing an assignment on buddhist environmental ethics and it would be greatly ...
  A: (I have been receiving assignment questions lately from the same country. Would it be that you are ...
ILLNESS6/10/2010
  Q: I am very depressed, I can't sleep. My husband just had CT scan and saw a growth around his kidney ...
  A: Sure you are making sense. When my son did not return home passed 4 in the morning, I too couldn't ...
Monks6/9/2010
  Q: are you only called Buddhist Monks? or is there another name?
  A: I am sure you know this; people who follow the Buddha's teachings are called Buddhists. Those who ...
Theravada and Mahanaya6/8/2010
  Q: I'm fourteen and have been studying Buddhism for about a year and a half now. I have looked for ...
  A: Nice to know that you are a very young person and interested in Buddhism. "Meditation" is like ...
theavada6/4/2010
  Q: what teachings apply when evaluating theravada buddhists position to biotechnology? what approaches ...
  A: I have received many such questions regarding Buddhist opinion on "new age" ideas or "latest ...
Buddhism and meat topics5/31/2010
  Q: can a buddhist eat meat? Hunting and fishing are allowed in buddhism? Thanks.
  A: In Buddhism, there is no such thing as commandment prohibiting followers from indulging. Buddhism ...
Buddhism and bioethics5/31/2010
  Q: and was wondering if you could answer a few questions. 1. What is your view on abortion, do you ...
  A: It is always very easy to take a hard stand on issues when they do not directly affecting us. Only ...
Buddhism and transgender surgery5/30/2010
  Q: My question is: what does Buddhism think about transgender surgery? It is correct that a person ...
  A: Buddhism is about living a life of contentment and inner peace. With regards to many so-called ...
About buddhism5/27/2010
  Q: Is it possible to travel to tibet an live there and become monk? my religion is orthadox. Sorry for ...
  A: I don't know whether China will allow you to do that. But I know that even if you could, you would ...
Please help5/24/2010
  Q: I would like some Buddhist advice on how one should handle the following situation according to ...
  A: .., I'm sorry I can't hide your name. The programme does not have such feature. Buddhism is about ...
Women in Buddhism??5/24/2010
  Q: There are some "anti woman" verses in Tipitaka, is it possible that they are later additions to the ...
  A: I must admit that I am no expert in the Tipitakka. Instead of searching through the texts that you ...
Buddhism and Poker5/24/2010
  Q: I very much appreciate it. I have been meditating for about 2 years and have become more ...
  A: I don't know anything about poker, except it is a game of chance. Unless you are playing as a hobby ...
Who is a buddhist?5/17/2010
  Q: I very much subscribe to the general philosophy of Buddhism. But the reason I rejected other ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and contentment. Although I follow the Theravada tradition, I ...
Buddhism5/17/2010
  Q: Can you give me more information about Buddhism sins?
  A: There is no such thing as sins in Buddhism. We can use our human intelligence and plain common ...
Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy5/16/2010
  Q: Was Buddhism a philosophy in the past when there was no classification and has become a religion in ...
  A: To place labels is a semantic exercise in futility. My personal view is that "religion" emphasizes ...
Accidentally killed an animal.5/16/2010
  Q: I was wondering what the best way to honor or bury an animal that I accidentally caused the death ...
  A: It is just unfortunate that this incident happened. " now I would like to honor it to cleanse us ...
Healthy Self-esteem Question5/13/2010
  Q: What would be the definition of a healthy self-esteem according to Buddhist Teaching?
  A: This is quite an interesting question, and also a difficult one to answer. But I shall try my best ...
Purpose of Existence5/10/2010
  Q: I have learned quite a bit about Buddhism over the last several years and feel I have a pretty good ...
  A: "But, in light of all this I cannot understand what the purpose of creation/life/existing(whatever ...
Spirit in Buddhism5/8/2010
  Q: Please I interested in knowing about the concept of spirit in Buddhism
  A: Beings exist in many forms. In this physical world we can see the different living beings of all ...
think5/7/2010
  Q: is meditation thinking about life with closed eyes as people assume? what does awareness means? it ...
  A: Buddhist meditation is about calming the mind and to reduce its wandering thoughts. After constant ...
Mother's mis guided5/6/2010
  Q: My mom says she's buddhist but i belive shes completely off on the concept. She almost worships ...
  A: From the little information you gave, I shall try my best to share my views with you. There is one ...
Translation needed5/5/2010
  Q: Can you please translate this for me: Sura Meraya, Majja Pama Datha Na, Veramani Sikkhapadam ...
  A: This is the fifth of the 5 precepts. The whole set of the 5 precepts with their transalations are ...
Reincarnation4/29/2010
  Q: Admittedly, I am a Buddhist, but I am in the process of abandoning Buddhism due to doubts. I'm ...
  A: Anton, Thank you for communicating. Before I venture to "answer" your questions, may I admit that ...
Some questions on rebirth and "fate" or "destiny"4/25/2010
  Q: I asked you a question earlier today. I chose you to answer these up coming questions because you ...
  A: I used to have difficulties trying to believe all that were written in the suttas. There were many ...
Pure Land's Heaven?4/22/2010
  Q: I heard that some buddhist teachings mentioned that a person who always do good during his life but ...
  A: The mind is always in a state of flux. It "thinks" continuously. One Buddhist concept is called ...
Daughter Promiscuious4/18/2010
  Q: Please give me some advise. My daughter is 36, married, drinks often, cheats on her husband with ...
  A: My heart sinks for you. I can empathize with you, for I have to take full care of my 5-year old ...
Buddhism and Guan Gong4/17/2010
  Q: Choo, I come from a Protestant background, however, I have stopped practicing and attending church ...
  A: I take it that you are not familiar with Chinese beliefs and Buddhism. Chinese beliefs are totally ...
im new at this4/14/2010
  Q: I've just started reading up on Buddhism and I'm wondering if it is right for me. I have read ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. Most people have been conditioned since birth to ...
Rebirth4/13/2010
  Q: I have a question - is there a soul or no soul according to Buddha's teachings. If there is no soul, ...
  A: The first thing we must clarify is what is meant by soul. From Dictionary.com ...
karma4/13/2010
  Q: i heard buddhist can cure the sick within one day with their black magic i have one friend from ...
  A: First, Buddhists don't practise black magic. There are those who practise it and call themselves ...
Buddhism religious traditions4/11/2010
  Q: I have a few questions about beliefs and traditions. 1. What is a Buddhists' purpose and meaning in ...
  A: 1. What is a Buddhists' purpose and meaning in life? We humans have a thinking mind. But often we ...
Buddhism's views on Psychosurgery4/10/2010
  Q: Got a few questions about the ethics of psychosurgery (operating on the brain to change the mental ...
  A: but first I must remind you that I am no doctor and I know nothing about this topic. However I can ...
Buddha4/8/2010
  Q: I feel that there is only 1 onmipotent God which is the source and God will manifest in many ...
  A: You are confused because you are not familiar with the Buddha's teachings. May I suggest that you ...
i am doing a school research paper on Buddhism and was hoping to get some answers...3/24/2010
  Q: 1. do you meditate daily? if so, how does this impact your daily life? what are some important ...
  A: 1. do you meditate daily? if so, how does this impact your daily life? what are some important ...
Buddhism3/22/2010
  Q: Can you tell me what Namaste means? I've heard that it mean's ''I celebrate in you where we are all ...
  A: "Can you tell me what Namaste means?" Wikipedia explains @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namaste ...
NKT3/22/2010
  Q: I've recently been to meditation classes that were held by a nun near to where i live in England, i ...
  A: As you know, I follow the Theravada tradition. NKT is from the Tibetan tradition. I usually don't ...
Dharma3/17/2010
  Q: What exactly is a Dharma name when u take your ceremony?
  A: I think you are referring to adopting a "Buddhist" name. This depends on the tradition the person ...
reincarnation3/17/2010
  Q: firstly in Buddhism is it possible to return to the earth many times or do you live only once as a ...
  A: "firstly in Buddhism is it possible to return to the earth many times or do you live only once as a ...
your explanation of karma doesn't match what i have been taught3/16/2010
  Q: I have been reading your explanation of KARMA and it doesn't match what i have been taught. You seem ...
  A: If you were to check the internet for all the answers and teachings on Buddhism, you will find that ...
Buddhism (Theravadan)3/7/2010
  Q: I have a final project due on Buddhism. Could you please help me with these ten questions? 1. If ...
  A: 1. If there is no belief in God within the Buddhist religion, what are your views on the creation of ...
Vikala bhojana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami3/7/2010
  Q: Someone practising Vikala bhojana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami is not supposed to take solid ...
  A: I am not well versed with topics like this, simply because I am not interested in this type of ...
birth rites in Theravada Buddhism3/6/2010
  Q: Hello i am doing an assignment for school about buddhism and i was wondering what are the birth ...
  A: Actually, Buddhism is about how to experience inner peace and contentment. It is largely ...
Illeness3/5/2010
  Q: I got a childhood friend aged 50 and was afflicted with kidney problem 8 years ago. Prior to this he ...
  A: Kamma may be the cause of most things in a person's life, but we should not surrender ourselves to ...
interview for college term paper3/4/2010
  Q: Can you help me understand the Buddhist beliefs regarding the following areas of environmental ...
  A: Your questions are not on Buddhism. Since you asked, this is my personal opinion. 1. Land ...
General3/1/2010
  Q: I had answer for my last questions. thank you very much. Could you answer my below questions 1. ...
  A: 1. Does karma affect children too ? or it waits until child becomes matured? becoz children are ...
Interview questions for high school class2/26/2010
  Q: it's for a virtual high school class on eastern religions and I really appreciate your help. 1. ...
  A: 1. What sets Buddhism apart from other religions? Buddhism does not subscribe to the belief in a ...
Karma2/26/2010
  Q: accidentally killed a cockroach or mosquito, they were born as them by karma. if i killed them ...
  A: In the Buddhist context, a person is fully responsible for the act of killing only if the following ...
Academic achievment in buddist children2/20/2010
  Q: I am currently writing a dissertation on spirituality, prayer, meditation and academic achievement. ...
  A: but I am unable to provide you the answer. I think it's just like trying to research topic such as ...
Financial worries2/18/2010
  Q: this worry is always troubling me and I hope to hear your viewpoint. I'm a mother of 2 ...
  A: I do understand your worry. I am retired without any pension or active income. And I have to take ...
How to make the path be important for us?2/16/2010
  Q: I have a question about how to keep the practice and the path as something important to us. Just a ...
  A: Nicholaas, Welcome back. What you are experiencing is most common to all of us. If you are ...
Buddhism & Life2/16/2010
  Q: I hope that all your endeavours are being met with success... (smile). Ummm. Where do I begin. Ok, ...
  A: Strangely, I very seldom receive visitors from your country. Welcome. As you already discovered, ...
Interview2/13/2010
  Q: 1. What are the important holidays and traditions of Buddhism? 2. How has Buddhism shaped your ...
  A: 1. What are the important holidays and traditions of Buddhism? The most important holiday is ...
Religious Tolerance - at a personal level2/11/2010
  Q: I was raised as a Buddhist all my life, although I must admit I'm not quite as knowledgable about it ...
  A: Your dilemma is actually not a "religious" concern. Think very carefully. Use your head, and not ...
chance and karma2/9/2010
  Q: Do random events and chance circumstance exist in the world or are all events dictated by karma?
  A: There are 5 cosmic laws that operate in this world. The law of Kamma is just one of these 5 cosmic ...
possessions2/6/2010
  Q: I was wondering if the idea of non attachment to outcomes and to material possessions is to assist ...
  A: "I was wondering if the idea of non attachment to outcomes and to material possessions is to assist ...
Following Buddhism2/4/2010
  Q: I have read many of the answers that you have provided to others with great interest. It has been ...
  A: Actually I refer them as "comments". "Answers" would have a connotation of "This is it!" ...
Hell reincarnation (memory loss)2/3/2010
  Q: When the citta (or whatever) reincarnates in one of the 31 planes of existence, is it always done ...
  A: Welcome back. "Rebirth" is a process, an on-going process, just like the electric current ...
Meditation Advice1/26/2010
  Q: I just went through a difficult talk with my daughter. Unfortunately things were not resolved like ...
  A: Buddhist meditation is actually for training the mind to see the real perspective of the world so ...
why?1/26/2010
  Q: Why weren't we born in Nirvana in the first place and had to endure this suffering of existence? I ...
  A: Welcome back. I shall answer first, then I shall make additional comments. The answer is in the 4 ...
We need a higher power for protection.1/26/2010
  Q: Justin Choo, Just a passing thought after reading some literature. "We need a higher power to ...
  A: When a child comes to you and ask , "Where is Santa Claus?", how would you answer? In the adult ...
Three Buddhas1/23/2010
  Q: Justin, Recently I visited a Mahayana Temple and saw three similar Buddhas side by side in one of ...
  A: Most probably the three Buddhas are the three "bodies" of the historical Buddha Sakyamuni (or Gotama ...
Where is the Buddha now?1/21/2010
  Q: The Buddha had attained Nibbana. Where is he now?
  A: Even if there is an answer to this, we cannot proof anything. Even if there is an answer, would you ...
karma dilema1/11/2010
  Q: If someone suffers in this life, than it is because of his bad karma acumulated in his past lives. ...
  A: Welcome back. Hope my previous answer clarifies some of your doubt. Now coming back to your ...
other civilizations1/8/2010
  Q: Can we get reincarnated (as humans) on other planets in this physical Universe? Because it's hard to ...
  A: First I would not like to comment on other experts' answers. I am more concerned that I provide ...
buddhist canons1/6/2010
  Q: What canons are germane to all of the traditions?
  A: Welcome to this site. I don't think we can pinpoint any particular sutta. We can safely say ...
the Dhammapada and Metta1/6/2010
  Q: Is the Dhammapada accepted by all of the Buddhist traditions? Also, do all Buddhists traditions ...
  A: "Dhammapada" is one small part of the Theravada Tipitakka. The Tipitakka is one of the scriptures ...
peace and happiness1/6/2010
  Q: what does peace mean in Buddhism? what does happiness mean in Buddhism? how to achieve peace and ...
  A: "what does peace mean in Buddhism?" The Buddha spoke about inner peace. Peace inside oneself, where ...
Cheating1/5/2010
  Q: I am hoping you could provide me with some insight to my situation. I discovered that the man I ...
  A: "Please note I have no outside source of income to survive and we always lived by his mercy and ...
mantras1/1/2010
  Q: They Milena. I would like to know the effect of Buddhist mantras. For example, the dissemination of ...
  A: Welcome back. Thanks for your ratings. I suppose it is Italian. I don't know what you wrote, ...
difference between tibetan buddism and Nichiresm12/30/2009
  Q: I wish know difference between Tibetan Buddhism and Nichiren Buddhism. I know not too much about ...
  A: Buddhism is usually regarded as having 3 main "traditions". Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana (or ...
Bogus Monks12/29/2009
  Q: Justin Thanks for your powerful sharing on the above subject and sorry I would not be that bold as ...
  A: Welcome back. I can just share my knowledge with those who wish to listen. Government? Malaysia ...
Fake or Real Monks?12/27/2009
  Q: Of late I have seen quite a number of "monks" with a small bowl "begging" for money in coffee shops. ...
  A: I am very surprised that you are visiting this place. Welcome. As you know me for soooo long ...
sat cit ananda12/12/2009
  Q: can u tell me the buddhist understanding of the unconditioned (nirvana) as it related to sat (being) ...
  A: It is often very dificult, if not impossible, to use one's religious belief/knowledge to comment on ...
Arahant and Sotapanna12/11/2009
  Q: Please help to shed some lights on my queries below. Thanks very much. What is the difference in ...
  A: What is the difference between a normal person and an arahant? A normal person is like you and me. ...
reincarnation12/11/2009
  Q: I've asked you a couple of questions before, and I've touched on this subject though never directly, ...
  A: The Buddha warned that the doctrine of kamma cannot be fully understood by mere mortals. My answer ...
After Death.12/10/2009
  Q: Is it possible that some people will be wrong about what will happen to them after they die? What ...
  A: "Is it possible that some people will be wrong about what will happen to them after they die?" By ...
why do some people suffer and other s don't12/5/2009
  Q: Justin,please indulge me,how do you explain the suffering in this world? We have people who seem to ...
  A: Welcome to this site. To answer your question, we have to consider what constitutes a "person". A ...
mysticism12/1/2009
  Q: Just curious. Buddhist believe that one can b e reborn into higher and lower realms. Western ...
  A: Welcome back. "do Buddhist believe that lower or negative spirits can hurt us" They can if our ...
49th days after death and can anyone with good karma ever get the chance to be buddha???12/1/2009
  Q: on my dad's 48th days after death night, my son (only 3 years old) ran into my late dad's room and ...
  A: I take it that you are a Chinese. First I need to point out to you that most Chinese in Malaysia ...
In doubt about the right course of action11/29/2009
  Q: My question is not the type of usual questions that I have seen on this site. If you wish, you can ...
  A: The first thing I checked after reading your message was to identify your nationality. Now that I ...
Newbie...with a ton of questions!11/28/2009
  Q: Greetings! I just took my vows and became a Buddhist after years of searching with titles and labels ...
  A: Welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. The journey is a life-long one. But you will be ...
suttas11/25/2009
  Q: Can you explain the following suttas and its core value ie the gist of it; mangala ratana metta ...
  A: In brief: Mangala Sutta (Discourse on great blessings): This discourse guides us to lead the ...
Being born11/24/2009
  Q: This question linger with me for so may sinced teen at the age of 16to 18. That was 35 years ago. At ...
  A: Welcome back. Nice to communicate with you. "Despite all this goodness, the joy of life failed to ...
Karma?11/20/2009
  Q: I have a question about karma. You see, I think I have a different interpretation of what Karma is ...
  A: I think I have told you before that you should not try to analyze in such details on subjects that ...
getting happy children to sleep11/12/2009
  Q: What can I say to a happy, active and verbally advanced 3 year old to get her to nap or sleep when ...
  A: I too have difficulty to get my 4-yr old granddaughter to sleep. But I have no problem. I fell ...
Staff management11/12/2009
  Q: I understand things learned from buddhism on right speech. The issue is the staff under my care many ...
  A: Welcome back. I hope my earlier answer meets your expectation. Your question here requires similar ...
killing11/12/2009
  Q: Many a time,buddhist promote no killing, but logically mosquitoes being vector of diseases have to ...
  A: Yes, you are right, "I think the only way not to kill is to stop eating." The world is surrounded ...
devas11/12/2009
  Q: why do some Buddhist believe in Devas but not in God when the same logic for belief or disbelief ...
  A: Welcome back. Ok, let's use logic then. Let us consider the belief in God first. I would take ...
Theravada Buddhism11/10/2009
  Q: I was wondering if you could give me some insight into theravada buddhist women and the types of ...
  A: I am afraid there is no answer for your query. It is just like asking what do Catholic Christian ...
Your Answer on Last Thought11/9/2009
  Q: I refer to your answer to a reader on the Last Thought. May I know the Sutta from where this ...
  A: Honestly, I didn't know the relevent sutta before you asked. The "problem" in learning Buddhism, ...
religion11/5/2009
  Q: what are some the current Buddhist practices, both personal and social. How do contemporary ...
  A: This is an assignment question which has been asked many times.  Below was my answer: "The term ...
wealth10/30/2009
  Q: It make me ponder at time some seem to work so hard and yet they are financially poor, while some ...
  A: This is purely my very personal opinion, which most people will most probably disagree with me. ...
Buddhism10/22/2009
  Q: If the world is real and Buddhists believe that we must come at peace with ourselves to find a ...
  A: Buddhists would regard this body as an imperfection, with all its flaws especially sickness and old ...
Novice Monks10/19/2009
  Q: Choo, my name is Kris Wilson and I've been studying Theravada Buddhism for about two years now. I'm ...
  A: At your age you would have a long and interesting life ahead. Take your time to live through and ...
intrusive father10/17/2009
  Q: I am wondering if there is a specific mudra or breathing exercise or meditation you can tell me of ...
  A: I don't think any "magic" breathing technique will solve your "problem". From what you described, ...
Character10/16/2009
  Q: I have been an atheist or does not subscribe to ritual like a non-religious person but strongly ...
  A: To many religions, your good behaviour and noble lifestyle is still not good enough for them. As ...
sexuality10/15/2009
  Q: My partner and I have become more and more drawn to Bhuddism over the last few years does it matter ...
  A: Welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. It does not matter who or what you are; so long ...
meaning without God10/14/2009
  Q: I know there are many Buddhist schools, but they don't tend to admit the existence of a creator God. ...
  A: I don't think you are the same Marc who asked many questions a long time ago. I am sorry and I ...
is buddha God ?10/11/2009
  Q: how are you sir, I have some question , 1) I wonder what is Buddha ? is he God or man ? 2) ...
  A: 1) I wonder what is Buddha ? is he God or man ? There was this story of a stranger who asked the ...
Buddhism10/6/2009
  Q: I have a couple related questions. In your opinion, what is the most important aspect of Buddhism? ...
  A: In your opinion, what is the most important aspect of Buddhism? The most salient aspect of Buddhism ...
Buddhism in the West10/2/2009
  Q: Living in the United States, I’ve seen greater and greater Buddhist influence in this predominantly ...
  A: In all human endeavours, there will inevitably be the positive and the negative aspects. There is ...
Buddhist Worship10/2/2009
  Q: I am entirely new to the religion of Buddhism and would like to know more about Buddhist worship. I ...
  A: and welcome to the path of inner peace and contentment. As with any form of social or religious ...
Eternal Happiness9/30/2009
  Q: 1. Lord Buddha promises us Nirvana. What is all the gifts promises by Lord Buddha. I know of ...
  A: The Buddha did not promise anyone anything. He proclaimed the Four Noble Truths, which in essence ...
ego9/24/2009
  Q: I'm just curious what your opinon on this subject is: Do you think it's possible to completely ...
  A: Welcome back. If you read my earlier answer to you carefully, I think you would find the answer. ...
looking for a life answer9/23/2009
  Q: "If you want to know what you did in the past, Look at where you are at present. If you want to ...
  A: It is said; and also my personal experience that when you share your thoughts to a trusted friend, ...
Hello9/13/2009
  Q: Could you please tell me if there is anywhere in the world i would be able to go and live/learn ...
  A: Actually you need not have to go to the East to learn Buddhism. The internet provides ample ...
Killer who became buddhist in jail9/13/2009
  Q: I’m a french cartoonist and I have a particular question : I’m looking for the name of an american ...
  A: Sorry, I don't know the name of the person. But if you do a Google Search on "killer prisoner in ...
Sadness9/12/2009
  Q: I live in US and most ppl here are Christians and I am not. My question is I suffer from a mental ...
  A: We come to this world with our store-house of past kammic actions. Some good, some are bad. The ...
powers of a lama9/9/2009
  Q: Justin, It has been a couple of years since last wrote. Since ten I have taken refuge in the Nyigma ...
  A: Welcome back. Sorry for the late reply. Somehow I have missed out on your question only to be ...
ego9/7/2009
  Q: I have a question about "ego". What is it an ego in simple terms? If I have an ego what do I have, ...
  A: Suppose you were waiting patiently for the other car to leave the parking lot so you could park. ...
Eternal Happiness9/5/2009
  Q: What then is Eternal Happiness? How do I obtain it? Can you provides with a diagram of Eternal ...
  A: Buddhism does not promise "eternal happiness". Buddhism points to the Truth of Unsatisfactoriness; ...
buddhism9/2/2009
  Q: ok, getting back to self defense, if i kill a person out of self defense should i be accountable for ...
  A: Jaya, "ok, getting back to self defense, if i kill a person out of self defense should i be ...
permamnent9/1/2009
  Q: the buddha said nothing is permanent, for him what is permanent? what is the ultimate and absolute ...
  A: "the buddha said nothing is permanent, for him what is permanent?" "Change" is permanent. "is ...
parenting8/31/2009
  Q: could a mother with dependent children (or any parent for that matter) permanently enter a ...
  A: As you put it : "dependent children"; this means the children still depend on the mother for ...
patient endurance8/20/2009
  Q: I know different schools of Buddhism have different thoughts. I've come across the term Patient ...
  A: I am not aware of any specific Buddhist term; "patient endurance". But in simple English ...
Buddhism and loneliness8/16/2009
  Q: I am fairly new to Buddhism and I have a question about Buddhists and loneliness. My parents are ...
  A: Friendship is very important. It is always a pleasant feeling to have genuine friends around. ...
Dream8/13/2009
  Q: I would like to understand more about a recent dream. I've dreamt of HH Dalai Lama walking into a ...
  A: This site is actually about Buddhism. Buddhism is about the teachings of the Buddha. The message ...
Anger "Part 2"8/12/2009
  Q: I kind of knew the answer to that but I just needed to hear it from someone else. In past posts I ...
  A: Time is a great healer, although a bit slow. Give time to heal your wounds. As for now, whenever ...
Anger8/11/2009
  Q: I have been reading about Buddhism & Anger. Of course I could write all the points it makes so I'll ...
  A: Welcome back. I have to be honest with you. And for this I shall face the wrath of many good ...
Praying for 100th day after death8/11/2009
  Q: May I know is it allow to pray to my mother one day before her 100th day after death? Also how ...
  A: This is a follow-up of my earlier comments. If you are interested, please read Rev Dhammika's blog ...
proof8/10/2009
  Q: I've been reading the Dali Lama Healing and Anger and he points out that reincarnation can be proven ...
  A: Just a clarification here. A lot of people mistakenly regarded the Dalai Lama as the leader of all ...
Following a Tradition7/31/2009
  Q: I am here in the West (US) and my I wanted to know if we here in the West can get ourselves too ...
  A: When I started learning Buddhism, I was not aware of the existence of the different traditions; and ...
Worship7/30/2009
  Q: I have been asking questions about Buddism recently with a Buddist. I said that Buddism believes ...
  A: The "desire" the Buddha was referring to was about sensual desires.  Sensual desires refer to ...
Need help to start7/20/2009
  Q: I'm a 17 year old male and I would like to become a Buddhist. I've read about parts of it and I'm ...
  A: Welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. Obviously, you have not read a lot about ...
Conciousness7/20/2009
  Q: I am trying to understand the concept of rebirth, anatta, and genetics. When the physical body is ...
  A: In the Theravada tradition, it is said that rebirth takes place immediately after death. The other ...
Family and the afterlife.7/17/2009
  Q: First before my question I want to give you a little back ground about me, and the question. I am ...
  A: When a child comes to you and ask , "Where is Santa Claus?", how would you answer? In the adult ...
Helping family members who do not want to help themselves7/16/2009
  Q: This is kind of a follow up to a question I had a few weeks ago. But first I wanted to say to the ...
  A: "Would it be safe to say that sometimes to really help someone is to not do anything at all? Make ...
negative thoughts/emotions7/16/2009
  Q: 2 of my family members committed suicide from which i got a lot of anxiety. because they had mental ...
  A: During this time of anxiety, it is best to seek "comfort" with caring friends, religious teachers, ...
Meditation progress?7/5/2009
  Q: I have been meditating for approximately seven months now. What kind of progress would you say that ...
  A: There is no "standard" progress towards meditation. Different people will have different ...
Commitment, Suffering by choice, alcoholism7/2/2009
  Q: Greetings. I am 50 years old, and have been a practicing Buddhist with a waning waxing practice for ...
  A: "What would the Buddha say to me if we could sit and have a nice chat?" I wouldn't know what the ...
The Five Precepts6/29/2009
  Q: I refer to the very first one, ie to abstain from killing. I notice that some Buddhists practice ...
  A: Yes you are right, this topic will lead to long argument. I also agree with your reasoning. If ...
Meditation and Enlightenment6/24/2009
  Q: How are you? I have some questions below that I hope you can help to shed some light on, 1. What is ...
  A: Welcome back after such a long absence. First I must confess that I am not much of a meditator ...
World Religion Class6/20/2009
  Q: . How are young children introduced to the religion of Buddhism? 2. Are children/people baptized ...
  A: How are young children introduced to the religion of Buddhism? There is no rigid or stereotyped ...
Calming the emotions?6/19/2009
  Q: I have a question on meditation. It seems to me that the point of Samatha meditation is to quiet ...
  A: Welcome back; again! When you have cultivated a calmed mind, every emotion falls into place. You ...
significance of being a gay6/19/2009
  Q: I am a struggling gay who is trying to reconcile with this world and my unwillingness to accept ...
  A: Don't worry too much; for you are not alone. There are millions who are like you. Can we say that ...
Buddhism, fishing, and sentient beings6/13/2009
  Q: I have been trying to practice the Dhamma and live a detatched life of peace. I have always favored ...
  A: Just imagine that you are the fish. Would you like to be treated such? Plants are not sentient ...
craving in a long distance relationship6/13/2009
  Q: i practice Vipasanna meditation, in the Goenka tradition and have taken a few 10day courses. the ...
  A: I assume that you are living a normal worldly life. Then you should lead your life in a worldly ...
buddha6/11/2009
  Q: what was the buddhist stance on sex? is it ok to have premarital sex? you once said arahant is ...
  A: The answer is in the third precept. To elaborate: The third precept states that one should ...
Heartache6/10/2009
  Q: I am a mother of 2 kids. One is autistic, the other is low mentality but have really difficult ...
  A: It is very heart-breaking to be in your position. The other religions would try to console you that ...
eating meat6/2/2009
  Q: If I eat a dead animal that someone else killed, than surely I am a party to that killing am I not? ...
  A: First let us consider what constitute killing. A person will be fully responsible for the killing ...
Rebirth5/31/2009
  Q: Do you believe that an animal such as a dragonfly can obtain merit in order to be reborn into the ...
  A: Our never-ending existence implies a very long time span. During this long time-span a life would ...
Meditation5/29/2009
  Q: I have been practicing buddhist meditation for a couple of years, recently I have diagnosed to ...
  A: First I have to admit that I am not much of a meditator. However I can share with you whatever ...
Buddhism5/27/2009
  Q: I am a mother of 2 children there father and I are divorced. Since I moved out of state I get very ...
  A: Kamma plays a big part in our lives, but we must not just surrender to kamma. Right now we have a ...
meditation5/22/2009
  Q: I want to ask about meditation .I practice meditation one year 2 years ago.And then I moved in ...
  A: There are many types of meditation. The commercialized versions are usually the ones that help you ...
contemporary buddhism practices5/21/2009
  Q: How do contemporary Buddhist practices reflect the foundations of the religion?
  A: I think I've answered this question before but couldn't find it in the archives. Your question ...
Emptiness, meditation, _____________?5/21/2009
  Q: .. it seems I always end up coming here and asking someone something when I have a question ^_^. ...
  A: It is beneficial to study Buddhism and put the knowledge into practice. However it would not be so ...
Concerns about eating meat and animal products.5/21/2009
  Q: I am new to Buddhism and have been trying to gradually transform my life into one of mindful living. ...
  A: Welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. The dietician will tell you that you are what ...
year 12 assingment Information5/21/2009
  Q: Bear and i am doing a year 12 report on the selected religion of Buddhism. Buddhism has been of a ...
  A: How do Buddhist pray? Most people assume that in religion one must pray. Although it's true in most ...
Thank You5/19/2009
  Q: After thinking about your answer I guess deep down inside I knew the answer. You're right!! I come ...
  A: You can always communicate with me whenever you feel like it. Whether it's a Christian family or ...
compassion & helping others5/19/2009
  Q: At 50yrs old I am young at Buddhism. Only a couple of years. I have stuck to the basics and really ...
  A: The line is there when you have had enough. Enough is enough; you are not being hard on them. ...
why are we here?5/19/2009
  Q: . I am a practicing Buddhist..and many people ask me this question..I really only know what I have ...
  A: If we follow the scriptures, then the second of the 4 Noble Truths gives the answer. We are here ...
regret5/18/2009
  Q: My only child 19 yr old daughter committed suicide 4 yrs ago.Since then I have been searching for ...
  A: My heart grieves with you. Perhaps by sharing my story with you may soothe your sorrow a little ...
Beginning5/18/2009
  Q: Justin, I hope you are doing well, I am writing in regards to gaining some advice I hope you might ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. To become a Buddhist means to practise the ...
life without buddha5/18/2009
  Q: What do you think life would be like without the Buddha?
  A: Life without the Buddha will simply be life living in ignorance. The Four Noble Truths would not be ...
Buddhism's point of view on xenotransplantation?5/16/2009
  Q: I have been research on Buddhism's aspects on bioethics and xenoptransplantation. I know that ...
  A: This is the first time that I come across such terms. So I searched Wikipedia : "Bioethics is the ...
Bodhisattva Vows5/10/2009
  Q: I was wondering if you could eliminate some confusion I have on the Bodhisattva Vows. I read that ...
  A: Don't worry too much about your confusion. It is indeed very confusing. To reduce this confusion, ...
buddhism5/10/2009
  Q: for clarification, because i read buddhism primarily on dhammanda book and narada buddha and his ...
  A: <<sori for irritating you have a little patience thanks!>> Yes, I am ashamed to admit that I was a ...
Song stuck in my head?5/10/2009
  Q: I have a question pertaining to what one should do when one is trying to meditate and one has a song ...
  A: My answer would sound like a joke to you but it works. We have to be practical and use our common ...
buddha5/9/2009
  Q: ok, but they experienced the same enligtenment or nirvana per say like nirvana with and w/o residue? ...
  A: Welcome back. It is said that there are 4 stages of progress towards achieving liberation; ...
Is meditation necessary?5/5/2009
  Q: I was just wondering - are the various forms of meditation, such as loving-kindness meditation, ...
  A: I know that you are not asking any question but making your point. You have a good point. I am ...
bodhisatta5/3/2009
  Q: there are 3 kinds of buddhas a samma pacceka and sravaka are sravaka and pacceka also referred as ...
  A: There are 2 types of Buddhas. Sammasambuddha, the fully enlightened Buddha who can preach to the ...
If you see the Buddha, kill him?5/3/2009
  Q: I have seen this Koan many times, and I believe it refers to the fact that you should never focus ...
  A: From what you have described, I would term it as a mental "merry-go-round". Why go to such lengthy ...
Unwholesome thoughts5/3/2009
  Q: Recently,I nearly got into trouble because of some unwholesome thoughts that existed for about 2 ...
  A: 1) How do I get rid of unwholesome thoughts? What are the things I can do? Acknowledge those ...
karma5/1/2009
  Q: how does karma operate? is it direct cause and effect because i read narada's book that says "what ...
  A: "What karma predominates at the moment of death good or bad will be the result of the next birth" ; ...
Mean People4/30/2009
  Q: I am a newly practicing Buddhist and tend to follow the Theravada tradition. There are so many ...
  A: What you are going through is what the Buddha termed "Dukkha", meaning "difficult to bear". Please ...
religion assignment.4/28/2009
  Q: Hey Justin, I'm Aaron. As an assignment for religion, we have been told to research on a Buddhist ...
  A: As your assignment relates to "Australian worshipers" I think you should interview an Aussie ...
one with everything4/28/2009
  Q: I have recently been reading a book that I find very similar to the concepts of buddhism. I am ...
  A: Don't worry, I don't understand either. Ha ha ha!! Sometimes when we don't understand, it may mean ...
Buddhism funeral ceremonies4/27/2009
  Q: I am currently doing an assignment on how compatible Buddhism and Hindu death beliefs/ funerals are. ...
  A: The teachings of the Buddha are about seeking understanding of life, in order to live in peace and ...
Nibbana4/25/2009
  Q: 1) i) In the Dependent Origination, Mental Formation leads to Relinking Citta that later leads to ...
  A: It would help me to review your comments if you could identify the source(s) where you got your ...
Chanting4/23/2009
  Q: It's me again. I've got a problem in accepting & doing rituals which I don't understand. Eg. a lot ...
  A: Welcome back. Most chanting books in Pali will have English translations by the side. Go to any ...
Zhen Qi meditation4/22/2009
  Q: Hope you can answer this question on my mind. Recently in Penang, there were sessions by an old ...
  A: Welcome to this site. Sounds like you are from my hometown. "Meditation" in a general sense, is ...
Healing my mind4/17/2009
  Q: I was wondering if you could give me advice on self-healing.They say your subconscious mind,holds ...
  A: Time is the greatest healer! Another common suggestion is that you take a holiday. On a more ...
desires4/17/2009
  Q: I am confused about the whole concept regarding desires in Buddhism. I understand that I am always ...
  A: The "desire" the Buddha was referring to was about sensual desires.  Sensual desires refer to ...
conflict with brother4/16/2009
  Q: i am just starting to study buddhism and attending a zendo. with that said, i am wondering how to ...
  A: It is relevant that i know your age and that of your brother. If he is just a little boy, then you ...
Are there any arahants?4/15/2009
  Q: Are there any arahants, enlightened beings alive today? I can understand that it takes many ...
  A: I really don't know whether there are arahats today. We don't need arahats to teach us the truth. ...
how to become a buddhist4/14/2009
  Q: I am very interested in becoming a Buddhist but fear the population is too low in the area of which ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. To become a Buddhist means to practise the ...
What can I expect?4/12/2009
  Q: I am very grateful to find that there is someone like yourself to answer the questions of people ...
  A: It's always a pleasure to share whatever knowledge I have about Buddhism with anyone who cares to ...
Do plants have consciousness??4/5/2009
  Q: How are you doing these days? Hope you are doing fine. I would be really glad if you can take your ...
  A: I am fine, thank you. 1.Do plants have consciousness like humans and other animals? Plants do not ...
Karma?4/2/2009
  Q: I just have a quick question on Karma - i have tried looking for it on various websites, but I ...
  A: Welcome again. You are a real thinking Buddhist. It's good that you think and analyse, instead of ...
Homework help4/1/2009
  Q: Hey, im not sure if youll be able to help, but im doing some homework and we are learning about ...
  A: I shall give you very simple answers, but thought provoking. "Why is there suffering" It is the ...
Awareness?3/29/2009
  Q: I just have a quick question on consciousness or awareness (I hope you don't mind). How is it ...
  A: Welcome back. Since this is a "quick" question, let me give you a quick answer. If you can see ...
pledge of allegiance, support of gay and lesbians, interracial dating3/25/2009
  Q: I am doing a college assignment about different religions and my questions are: Do Buddhists believe ...
  A: I don't know what Pledge of Allegiance is. But certainly Buddhists don't believe this. Buddhism is ...
Fishing3/25/2009
  Q: I have been practicing Buddhism for about 4 years. I know we are supposed to refrain from killing. I ...
  A: As you quite rightly use the right word "refrain". You are a good Buddhist, no doubt. Please ...
karma confussion3/23/2009
  Q: I have a quick question about Karma. I understood that after death, karma was an a-moral force, ...
  A: Whatever attributes or lack of them when a child is born is due to kamma. It is its kammic energy ...
Buddhism and happiness3/18/2009
  Q: I am going to write an essay answering the"There are people in the world who are happier than we ...
  A: Let's talk in general. "Happiness" is a conditioned feeling, meaning that it needs certain ...
I don't full understand about something3/17/2009
  Q: I reading about how to convert to Buddhist? What is the step(s) to convert? And do you have to pray ...
  A: There is no ritual to "convert" to Buddhism. You only need to practise the teachings of the Buddha ...
buddhism vs science3/13/2009
  Q: How does buddhism fare with science? As you might know, many world religions today have some ...
  A: Buddhism never has any qualms with science. In fact it is more scientific than science. The Buddha ...
Tantric Empowerments3/3/2009
  Q: What are the significants of getting or attending a tantric empowerment? Can one reach nabana or ...
  A: However, I don't know this "tantric empowerment" means. Sounds like "Tibetan" Buddhism. Perhaps ...
buddhism3/2/2009
  Q: First, about you, what made you want to start practicing buddhism? What is the purpose of ...
  A: I was born into a Buddhist family; but I learned Buddhism through self study and listen to talks by ...
suffering3/1/2009
  Q: I know life is suffering, but some people suffer much, much more than others, ie. constant pain, ...
  A: The Buddhist perspective is totally different from the Christian approach. The Buddha expounded the ...
A Few Quick Questions2/28/2009
  Q: I am in a philosophy class right now, and we are doing a unit on Buddhism at the moment. One of our ...
  A: The 4 Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path are the fundamental teachings of the Buddha. It has ...
Buddhism vs. solipsism?2/23/2009
  Q: back again ^_^. Hope you don't mind, but I have been reading several books about buddhism, and I ...
  A: Welcome back. Thought I'd never "see" you again!! Quite frankly, this is the first time I come ...
Questions2/22/2009
  Q: I have read many books on Buddhism. After reading about your experience I feel you can help me with ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and contentment. The journey will be a long but rewarding one. ...
Affair2/20/2009
  Q: I think my friend is having an affair with another man.I do not think her husband knows. She is not ...
  A: It is always very difficult to live together with others. On the other scale of things, it is always ...
Christian Buddhist.2/15/2009
  Q: Am I aloud to be a Buddhist but also claim Christianity?
  A: The question is not whether you are "allowed", but whether it is possible to be both a Buddhist and ...
democracy in Burma2/14/2009
  Q: Choo, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest most of the time (19 years) since she ran and ...
  A: As they say, politics and religion don't mix. In a peaceful environment, it is very easy to ...
Re-birth?2/13/2009
  Q: .. I have been looking into buddhism, and I found that almost all of it's doctrines have some ...
  A: Welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. Buddhism is about universal truths which ...
Buddhahood2/12/2009
  Q: When one realizes their perfect buddha nature is a sign omniscience.And have perfect recall of there ...
  A: I don't quite understand your question. I think you want to know whether when a person attained ...
arhat2/11/2009
  Q: it is said arhats when they die they are unto parinirvana right? bodhiosattvas gained enligtenment ...
  A: I shall answer your questions within the context of the Theravada tradition. For this I have ...
Anatta?2/9/2009
  Q: Nicolaas again. I have one last question that I wish to ask you. Two actually, but consider the ...
  A: I hope this won't be your last question. If it is, then take good care of yourself and be happy. ...
Anatta?2/8/2009
  Q: I have a questions pertaining to Anatta. I believe I already asked you a question, and it helped, so ...
  A: Welcome back. I am happy to know that my answers to your previous questions are of help to you. ...
how to become one?2/6/2009
  Q: Im 15, and i have really wanted to become a buddest for ages and i've read up about them and i ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. To become a Buddhist means to practise the ...
Re-birth?2/5/2009
  Q: I am a 14 year old beginning theravada Buddhist, originally an atheist, but recently (a few weeks ...
  A: You have asked a very difficult question and equally will be difficult to provide an adequate ...
Hello,2/4/2009
  Q: I did a lot of thinking before becoming a Buddhist but live in an area where Buddhist's are not ...
  A: I think you are the same Lauren who has asked me a quite similar question. The answer I repeat ...
Appropriate attitude on hatred1/27/2009
  Q: There's a question bothering me for quite a long time. The purpose of asking is actually simple: to ...
  A: "An easy answer is: forgive. Certainly, "forgive" is not equal to "forget"." You are certainly right ...
How Do I Explain Buddhism to my Friend?1/26/2009
  Q: My friend recently found out I practice Buddhism, and of course, has all kinds of misconceptions ...
  A: First, welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. It is always difficult to respond to a ...
Buddhism today ?1/21/2009
  Q: I have a question, can buddhism be a religion for our current time? Is that possible? With all the ...
  A: Buddhism is about living in peace with oneself and the society. The key word is "peace with ...
Anti-dote Question1/21/2009
  Q: I have read that fear is ill-will towards the future and that compassion is the anti-dote for ...
  A: "I have read that fear is ill-will towards the future.." The above statement is new to me. ...
Questions on Buddhism for research paper1/20/2009
  Q: How has religion shaped your life? What are the challenges, if any, to practicing this particular ...
  A: Sharon, How has religion shaped your life? To accept many things that are beyond my control. What ...
Chance1/16/2009
  Q: I understand the meaning between cause and effect. And with the example of the sunami, I understand ...
  A: I have answered this question before. But later I came across a better exposition on this subject by ...
A Buddhist Neophyte1/15/2009
  Q: Do Buddhists believe in a higher being? A Creator? I intend to visit a Buddhist temple within the ...
  A: and welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. Buddhists believe the existence of beings ...
Do Buddhists have Guardian Angels1/14/2009
  Q: Westerners/Christians believe that every human has at least two guardian angels. Do Buddhists also ...
  A: (I have a friend whose daughter's name is "Apple".) Buddhists believe that there are good angels ...
Practicing1/13/2009
  Q: What would be the practical aspects of Buddhism to live in peace with ourselves in this dangerous ...
  A: I don't why you changed my statement into a question. Actually there is nothing much for us to ...
Help!1/11/2009
  Q: I have alot of questions for you, 1. Can you have a drink once and awhile? Because Im getting ...
  A: Don't worry. Keep your questions coming and I shall be happy to answer all of them. 1. Can you ...
Onsens1/8/2009
  Q: In researching the medicinal side of onsens in Japan, I've come across several references about ...
  A: Very frankly this is the first time I come across this term. On searching Wikipedia @ ...
Where are the forest monasteries in Malaysia?12/22/2008
  Q: I am interested to stay in a forest monastery in Malaysia but not sure where. I once went to Suan ...
  A: I presume that you are a Malaysian. To the best of my knowledge, the place that fits your ...
Sexual Relationships according to Buddhism12/21/2008
  Q: I know this is going to be a bit large mail but please don’t treat this as garbage. I m really ...
  A: Welcome back. As I said you can visit me any time you want. I am here specifically to answer your ...
Human Origin 212/16/2008
  Q: Sorry, I just asked a question but I think I can make it more clear. Evolutionists believe that we ...
  A: Your questions look the same to me. My earlier answers still apply. Just to make some comments ...
Human Origin12/16/2008
  Q: Choo: Can you explain Buddhism’s concept of human origin? Creationists teach that humans came from ...
  A: When we talk about time-scale in the cycle of existence, we need to free our mindset from the ...
Mayahana Buddhism12/16/2008
  Q: 1]How can you differentiate between Gautama Buddha from Amitabah Buddha?......as there are so many ...
  A: 1.First you have to differentiate the different schools of Buddhism. Theravada text (the Tipitaka) ...
question on Buddhist concept of person12/15/2008
  Q: compliment to you Justin. i want to know what they Buddhists conceive a person to be? firstly how do ...
  A: It is very difficult for one who is new to Buddhism to understand the Buddhist concept of a "person" ...
difficult !!12/15/2008
  Q: im a little confused . getting on to , im 59. ( almost ) my freind is a devout christian , no probs ...
  A: The message is that we should not indulge in unwholesome thoughts. In this case, the action was ...
death and calamities12/10/2008
  Q: I have a problems in life. I think that the ultimate goal of life to achieve liberation. A person ...
  A: I have problems too. Not one in this world has no problem. It is the very nature of existence. ...
How are the three schools of Buddhism similar? Different?12/6/2008
  Q: I've heard that the 3 buddhist schools [Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana] builds upon one another ...
  A: Broadly speaking, there are actually two main schools of Buddhism. Vajrayana or Tibetan Buddhism is ...
Diamond Sutra12/6/2008
  Q: In the diamond sutra Buddha explains that when infinite amount of sentient beings have been ...
  A: Actually I follow the Theravada tradition. The Diamond Sutra is found in the Mahayana tradition. ...
Becoming a Buddhist12/4/2008
  Q: Good Morning, after long thought and thinking, I have decided to become a Buddhist. I do not know ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. To become a Buddhist means to practise the ...
buddhism dubai12/3/2008
  Q: I have moved to Dubai, and Buddhism starts making sense to me through martial arts, however I feel ...
  A: Although some martial arts have some mention of Buddhism, please remember that they have absolutely ...
Christmas Carolling- a Buddhist12/2/2008
  Q: may I ask a question? As a Buddhist, I know it sounds weird, but I and my friends often go ...
  A: It very much depends on the motive of your participation. If it is just joining in during this ...
Nirvana11/30/2008
  Q: I am trying to write an essay at university, on the differences between Theravada and mahayana ...
  A: I assume that you have found the info on the main topic except for not understanding the part on ...
Compassion Killing11/28/2008
  Q: If one intentionally killed a dying animal out of compassion to prevent further suffering would that ...
  A: The Buddhist concept of killing involves 5 conditions: 1. The victim of the killing must be a ...
Buddhist11/26/2008
  Q: I am trying to help my 7th grader aqnswer this question for school. What is the Buddhist concept of ...
  A: It is very difficult for one who is new to Buddhism to understand the Buddhist concept of "self". ...
Buddhism11/23/2008
  Q: What is the typical Buddhist altar design?
  A: There is no "standard" or "typical" Buddhist alter. It all depends on where you are; who you are; ...
living as a lay buddhist11/23/2008
  Q: Can you talk about how you cope with owning and exercising material wealth while you pursue buddhist ...
  A: The Buddha's ultimate teachings are about the eradication of unsatisfactoriness or more often ...
The Four Truths11/13/2008
  Q: The need to end cravings and desire is key, yet how can someone curb desires for love and is that ...
  A: The Four Noble Truths are ultimate truths. They go beyond the normal interpretation of life. The ...
Buddhist vows11/10/2008
  Q: I have seen Buddhists taking vows in temples. Are vows not taken in temples relevant? Is it possible ...
  A: I am not sure what you mean by "vows". Budhhists don't make vows. Buddhists may make aspirations. ...
hello11/6/2008
  Q: i have asked these same questions to another Buddhist on here but I will ask this to you also so I ...
  A: I shall try my best to answer your questions. Now your second question first as it is more urgent. ...
Buddhism11/5/2008
  Q: what is there most popular celebration
  A: The most important holiday is Wesak Day which falls on the full moon day of May.  It marks the day ...
Reincarnation Question11/2/2008
  Q: Below is a statement you made to A True Malaysian: Other life forms can be reborn as humans. There ...
  A: "Other religions make these kind of wide sweeping statements (different claims) too and they will ...
Still the same problem11/1/2008
  Q: I am very sorry to ask the same problem. But you haven't recommend me who is the man told you that ...
  A: I am sorry I don't remember who told me. Maybe it's just my interpretation. You need not have to ...
Buddha's miracles10/23/2008
  Q: Do you believe that Buddha did miracles like walking on water etc... If he did we can also do them ...
  A: From the text, the Buddha performed more fantastic miraculous acts than just walking on water. ...
self-realization10/23/2008
  Q: Self-realization is enlightenment. Can anyone attains this or only certain people can achieve ...
  A: "Self-realization" to me means a general term denoting certain awareness by oneself. It can mean ...
struggling with attachment10/22/2008
  Q: I am very interested in buddhism but I am struggling with the concept of attachment. I am recently ...
  A: I have commented on this several times. May I post it here again. After reading through this, you ...
Buddhism10/16/2008
  Q: 1. How long does it takes to complete the study of Buddhism? 2. If one earn a pHD in Buddhism, ...
  A: 1. How long does it takes to complete the study of Buddhism? To study is easy; to understand, ...
Buddhism10/16/2008
  Q: Buddhism does not believe in God? Does Buddhism stress how to obtain wealth? I mean I want to ...
  A: Henry, Buddhism does not believe in God? Correct. Does Buddhism stress how to obtain wealth? I ...
Death10/15/2008
  Q: How do you escape death completely?
  A: There are 3 peculiar questions pending my answers. I suspect they are from the same person, ...
Buddhism10/13/2008
  Q: Why do we study Buddhism? What is the benefits of studying Buddhism?
  A: A straight forward answer is : We study Buddhism because we want to know what Buddhism is. The only ...
Buddhism and self-esteem10/10/2008
  Q: I am grappling with my low-self esteem which causes me to live my life in a negative way: making ...
  A: Most of us suffer from lack of self-esteem at one time or another. It is quite natural to ...
Samsedajayoni10/10/2008
  Q: Justin Choo Have my questions been accepted and answered? Perhaps I will rewrite my question if my ...
  A: I think it may mean "moisture aided". This is what I would take it to mean. Then many insect ...
Questions10/8/2008
  Q: For an online class, we have to ask an expert about an Eastern religion. In the end, I chose ...
  A: 1. I was born in a so-called Buddhist family. Buddhist knowledge is usually minimal in many ...
Salvation for everyone in Buddhism10/7/2008
  Q: According to Buddhism, is there any information or opinions on the matter of how many living ...
  A: The universe is such an unimaginable vastness. The universe is so vast that even if there is an end ...
Typical day10/5/2008
  Q: What does a typical day in the life of a Buddhist entail?
  A: This is most interesting! If I may ask a question back? What does a typical day in the life of a ...
General questions about Buddhism10/5/2008
  Q: Buddhism for my philosophy class. 1. How do you think the practice of Buddhism has changed the ...
  A: 1. So long as people never change even in the name of religion, what is there to change in a nation? ...
death10/4/2008
  Q: i am not afraid to die. what does this mean?
  A: This question is too open-ended. If it is referring to some one who said that, then you have to ask ...
A few questions about Buddhism10/4/2008
  Q: I have been researching Buddhism and other Eastern religions for a class that I am taking, and I had ...
  A: 1. We can say that the teachings of the Buddha are of 2 levels.  One is for the lay people.  The ...
Buddhism10/3/2008
  Q: I study eastern and western thought as an online course, and my instructor has asked me to ask you a ...
  A: 1. Buddhism is about living in peace and contentment. It does not hinder anyone who wants to be ...
Questions on Buddhism10/3/2008
  Q: Mr. Choo. I am in an online class in which an assignment was given to "interview" an expert on an ...
  A: 1. This is too broad a question. But I shall try to answer the best I can. Being a Buddhist means ...
Learning more about Buddhism10/1/2008
  Q: I have an assignment that requires me to interview an expert like yourself about Buddhism. So if ...
  A: 1. The Buddha discovered the way to peace and happiness through realizing the true nature of life ...
Learning about Buddhism9/26/2008
  Q: I am a 30 year old woman from the United States. I recently moved to Dubai. I have always ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. The best place is to start with the Buddhist ...
want to know about buddism9/22/2008
  Q: i have an assignment on diversity so please Can you tell me that what bhuddism means to you and what ...
  A: Buddhism is more about experiencing one's inner peace. It is about non-violence and harmlessness. ...
Dietary Restrictions9/17/2008
  Q: =] What are Buddhists Dietary Restrictions?
  A: Monks and nuns from the Mahayana tradition are vegetarians. The rest are not required to. Lay ...
A friend who steals.9/14/2008
  Q: I am doing my best to stay on the path and I do not take anything that is not given, however, my ...
  A: Very easy to solve your "problem". If you have every reason to believe that it was stolen and do ...
Buddhism help please9/14/2008
  Q: I am doing a school project and need as much information on Buddhism as I can obtain. Where is ...
  A: "Where is Buddhism practiced?" Strange question. Buddhism is practised everywhere. "What effect ...
buddhism9/13/2008
  Q: I followed your website on becomeing a Buddha. As i am now officially a Buddha, what do I do now? I ...
  A: A person who practices the teachings of the Buddha and take refuge in the Buddha is called a ...
master9/10/2008
  Q: I am 73 years old, born just 14 days after the Dahli Lama was reincarnated. I have been reading ...
  A: You are practising the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. I follow the Theravada tradition. There is ...
Buddhist clergy9/8/2008
  Q: Choo, I have been a student of Buddhism for several years now. From what I have seen and read ...
  A: The Buddha laid down certain rules for those who wanted to be monks. In Theravada, 227 rules. In ...
some help ..9/6/2008
  Q: can u send me a web page .. that has all of buddha's past life stories i want to know about ...
  A: Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jataka_tales and click on the external sites at the bottom of ...
Reincarnation, Rebirth8/30/2008
  Q: I am a believer of reincarnation, rebirth. Someone has posed me a question that if reincarnation, ...
  A: Surprise, surprise!! You have visited my blog, now you are in my room!! Very good. You have ...
Buddhism8/30/2008
  Q: Can people ever reach enlightenment without following the Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths? ...
  A: The Noble Eightfold Path is the blueprint to liberation from this cycle of births and deaths. Call ...
Buddhist Monk healthcare considerations8/29/2008
  Q: I am an RN in a rehabilitation hospital. Today we received a Buddhist monk as a patient. He does ...
  A: Buddhist monks are a peculiar lot. They come in different shapes and sizes. I am talking about ...
Buddhism concepts8/26/2008
  Q: DOes Buddhism believe in God. Heaven and Hell? What will happen after our death? Will we judged by ...
  A: This is always a very BIG question!! And a very sensitive one too!! First we must define what we ...
Life8/26/2008
  Q: Can you tell me a bit about people who is pure evil? How do you deal with them? In addition, how do ...
  A: Henry, If I can deal with people who are pure evil, then I would be the greatest leader on earth! ...
grasping and clinging8/25/2008
  Q: I am struggling with the idea of grasping and clinging with regards to my children - by loving them ...
  A: The Buddhist concept of "grasping and clinging" is deeper than just "worrying" about our children. ...
Do you think that life is just a dream?8/24/2008
  Q: -Do you think or believe that your life is only just a dream? Do you believe your present life is ...
  A: My Dear Rambo, (You have set two records in this place. The first record was when you first ...
being a monk8/16/2008
  Q: i would like to be a buddhist monk. i have been studing for some time now. i have a vietnamese ...
  A: To disaapoint you, I don't think you will "see" me in Nibbana "sometime". I am definitely not up to ...
death of loved ones and buddhism8/10/2008
  Q: In Buddhism, how does one deal with the concept of seeing again or reuniting with loved ones who ...
  A: Welcome to the path of contentment and inner peace. Please take your time to learn more of the ...
Does the reality exist?8/3/2008
  Q: I have read article from some website...and I have some issue concerning the existence of science ...
  A: You have written the longest posting so far. I don't think there will be a longer posting that ...
Faces ghostly around a person that i met8/1/2008
  Q: All my life , i have seen unknown faces , from Clouds, to Hell pictures. These were given to me by ...
  A: I honestly don't know what you are trying to convey. If there is one advice I can give, that would ...
Buddhism7/30/2008
  Q: I am not a Buddhist but would like to know from your point of view How does this religion recover ...
  A: I am not very sure what you mean by "How does this religion recover from weakness". I would take it ...
Brain malfunction question7/27/2008
  Q: Some time ago I was talking to a fellow whose brother had a head injury. He told me that his ...
  A: I have to be honest with you that what I'm going to say is just my personal opinion, for anyone can ...
sex in buddhism7/26/2008
  Q: Are buddhist allowed to have sex? If they are, is there anything that they are limited to?
  A: To the general populations of the world, religion means surrendering themselves to the dictates of ...
Karma Questions7/15/2008
  Q: Here is a quote from a Buddhist monk that I read. “Whatever happens in our life happens because we ...
  A: Welcome back. You are right saying "The Buddha said most emphatically that we should not accept ...
meditation7/5/2008
  Q: Hey i was just wondering if you could clarify something for me in relation to meditation. What ...
  A: Welcome back; I'm sure you're the same Craig! Actually whatever we do, we need a certain level of ...
Judging Question7/4/2008
  Q: I am becoming increasingly aware how judgements based on emotional preferences can cause much ...
  A: This is just a follow-up. Thanks for your ratings. [You are invited to visit my blog:] ...
Reincarnation in animal form7/3/2008
  Q: Somewhere I read that on the road to Nirvana, a Buddhist monk may choose the form of an animal if ...
  A: Never heard of that. Just think, is there really an animal that can better serve mankind than a ...
Euthanasia7/1/2008
  Q: I have a dog that needs to be put down. I am struggling with this decision as I believe that all ...
  A: Yours is a very common dilemma where there is no simple answer. As an arm-chair commentator, it is ...
Buddhism questions6/30/2008
  Q: I have a term paper due in college about Buddhism and I have to inerview one person: 1. Is Buddhism ...
  A: 1. It is very easy. The most salient aspect of Buddhism is freedom in its practice. The Buddha ...
No "I" Questions6/30/2008
  Q: I have been trying to understand what is meant by "no I" in Buddhist literature and I am hoping you ...
  A: The "no I" concept is the 3rd characteristic of what we call the 3 characteristics of the nature of ...
Pure Land6/26/2008
  Q: Justin, I'm glad to discover this webpage of yours. I'm ardent believer of the Pure Land sect. But ...
  A: You can find adequate info from http://www.buddhanet.net/ at the e-book library and file library ...
Buddhism6/21/2008
  Q: I as well am doing a report on Buddhism but my questions are different but I am going to combine ...
  A: This is a follow-up. Thanks for your ratings. [You are invited to visit my blog:] ...
Buddhism and the military6/16/2008
  Q: Justinchoo, I took my refuges and precepts on sunday however I did not take the 1st precept due to ...
  A: This is a follow-up: [You are invited to visit my blog:] http://lifeislikethat999.blogspot.com/ ...
miscarraige6/12/2008
  Q: I would like to know the Buddhist answer to miscarriage. I am a new student to Buddhism. I have ...
  A: Please remember that kamma is just one of the 5 cosmic laws that affect our lives, although it is ...
Buddhism - Logically Flawed?6/10/2008
  Q: Having just completed a somewhat basic AS level course on Religious Studies which focused on ...
  A: This is a follow-up to invite you to visit my blogs: [You are invited to visit my blogs:] ...
Getting Started with Buddhism6/3/2008
  Q: I have several things I wanted to discuss with you: The first thing is I am coming to Buddhism from ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness.  To become a Buddhist means to practise the ...
Meditation5/26/2008
  Q: Just a few questions on meditation 1) What is vipasanna meditation 2) Are there any differences ...
  A: (I think you are the same Craig who has visited here before.) The object of Buddhist meditation is ...
Buddhism5/25/2008
  Q: i have an assignment to do on Buddhism and was wandering, why do people choose to become Buddhist ...
  A: Different people may have different reasons for following the Buddha's teachings. To the best of my ...
Same Sex Marriages and Visiting a temple5/24/2008
  Q: I know you get a lot of questions that are from students doing assignments for courses in world ...
  A: Before answering your questions, may I explain what is Buddhism. Then your questions will ...
Major philisophical questions for Buddhism.5/21/2008
  Q: I personally tend to gravitate towards Buddhist thought however; I have seen some major questions ...
  A: I shall try my best to comment on your questions. However, if you are not completely satisfied with ...
Nothing in the universe5/20/2008
  Q: In my blog, there are some interesting questions I like to explore.If you could have a look at the ...
  A: After reading through your blog, I am perplexed as to which "questions" you want me to answer. ...
great compassion = great sorrow?5/18/2008
  Q: I'm confused about something and I hope you can help. How can one practice the concept of ...
  A: and you are definitely not rude in asking such a thoughtful question. Happiness and compassion are ...
buddhist scriptures5/14/2008
  Q: I have been studying Buddhism for over a year now, especially vipassana. My problem so far with ...
  A: I am always very apprehensive over identifying the various suttas. This is mainly due to the fact ...
Who was the Monk? I met in India5/13/2008
  Q: I am a professor of meteorology and geology at a local college in Maryland near Washington, D.C. ...
  A: I had another read of your question. I think I have misunderstood your question to mean you wanted ...
you and faith5/12/2008
  Q: I have seen some of your postings on youtube or I think that is you. Is it? And I would also like to ...
  A: There are lots of people in youtube. I have yet to learn youtube. Bro. Oh Teik Bin @ ...
In response to your answer to Leslie's question5/12/2008
  Q: You said in your reply that one cannot be both a Buddhist and a Christian. If one were to follow ...
  A: I did not look up Leslie's question which must be quite some time ago. To answer your question, let ...
4 Noble Truth5/9/2008
  Q: The 4 noble Truth discovered by the Buddha, namely the truth, cause, ending and the way towards the ...
  A: Hope things are going well for you and your family. I assume by now you are very familiar with the ...
morality in rearing a predator5/3/2008
  Q: I am rearing a toad that i have saved from experiments conducted in the university. I can't free ...
  A: Very frankly, it is between the devil and the deep blue sea. This is the message that the Buddha ...
Another Buddhism Question4/23/2008
  Q: Hey it's me agian, I'm wondering about the specifics on sexual abstinence in the Buddhist religion. ...
  A: And it's me again!! To the general populations of the world, religion means surrendering themselves ...
liberation4/19/2008
  Q: I'm very interested in Buddhism. I really like the idea of craving and clinging being the cause of ...
  A: First to clarify for you that "liberation" does not take several lifetimes, but countless lifetimes. ...
I wanna be a buddist4/18/2008
  Q: I tried following the path of buddha but i've strayed because i think that i'm not cut out for the ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. To become a Buddhist means to practise the ...
Buddhism4/11/2008
  Q: I am not Buddhist, but I am writing a senior paper comparing and contrasting Buddha and Jesus. Many ...
  A: In the first place what do you mean by "baptized"? There was definitely no such ritual during the ...
what to do?4/11/2008
  Q: I recently saw a statue of a happy Buddha in a Chinese art store in Toronto downtown, fell in love ...
  A: This so-called happy Buddha is supposed to be the personification of the next future Buddha.  It was ...
interesting4/10/2008
  Q: I would like to ask,what about the punishment after breaking rules or something,,and if your aura ...
  A: There is nothing in Buddhism about punishing anyone. The Buddha's teachings are about peace and ...
confusion4/6/2008
  Q: Please can you help me out. I have recently been reading stuff about buddhism and it makes more ...
  A: As with many religions in this world, it is the so-called followers who messed things up. Buddhism ...
Buddhism Religion restrictions3/26/2008
  Q: This is a pretty personal question, but I am sure I along with many other people are eager to know ...
  A: <<I know sexuality has a lot to do with a religion,..>> This is not true in Buddhism. Buddhism is ...
pets3/19/2008
  Q: I hope you are well and happy! I need your advice, on a different subject this time. My dear cat ...
  A: Welcome back. I am fine, thank you. If there is any consolation: it's a matter of time that your ...
cosmology in buddhism3/14/2008
  Q: Studying cosmology I am interested in scientific concepts but in religious ones as well. I ...
  A: You have already had a good knowledge of the Buddha's revelation of the infinite cosmos. If you ...
Dealing with others3/11/2008
  Q: I'm fairly new to Buddhism and am wondering how to handle people/friends who make poor decisions ...
  A: Beind knowledgeable in Buddhism doesn't qualify a person to be an expert in counselling. The ...
School project3/9/2008
  Q: What is the "commitment of faith" that Buddhism requires for a person to be called a true believer? ...
  A: Buddhism is not the stereo-typed religion that you are so used to. Buddhism does not require anyone ...
Buddhism3/5/2008
  Q: It is said to become a Buddhist a person “takes refuge” in the Three Jewel by reciting the Pali ...
  A: "Ti-ratana" in Pali means The "Three Jewel". They represent the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha. ...
where to go3/5/2008
  Q: im 24 and im searching to find myself. i am looking to get out of town and go on a spiritual ...
  A: It is actually very difficult to recommend because I don't know all the centres, and also different ...
pali question3/4/2008
  Q: i'm engaged in what's proving to be a difficult challenge. i'm trying to find various pali scripts ...
  A: I don't quite understand what you mean. Actually Pali is not a language.  The meaning of "Pali" ...
Questions2/26/2008
  Q: i am a high school student in MA and for a online course i am taking, we had to ask a few questions ...
  A: <<Have you always been a Buddhist? If not, did you have a serious life-altering event that changed ...
Questions about Buddhism!2/25/2008
  Q: I'm very curious to see what Buddhism achieves for its followers, any help answering these questions ...
  A: <<As a follower of Buddhism what, if any, daily routines or practices do you take part in?>> ...
am i allowed?2/24/2008
  Q: If i am am not allowed to kill an animal is my dad allowed to buy it for me from the butchers or is ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. Not many young people of your age are interested ...
3 Questions on Buddhism2/24/2008
  Q: 1. What is the difference about Mahayana Buddhism, Threvada Buddhism and Advayavada Buddhism? 2. ...
  A: 1. Very briefly, Theravada can be regarded as the earliest school. Mahayana can be regarded as an ...
Buddhism2/17/2008
  Q: while I am a Christian I was having somewhat of a debate with an atheist about other religions, in ...
  A: The Buddha advised his followers to use their common sense and human intelligence to analyze his ...
general2/15/2008
  Q: u told me to take a look at buddhanet.net i recently took a look at it only to find that it has ...
  A: Welcome back. Buddhanet is still basically the same. It is the "Mother of all Buddhist web sites" ...
Help for a school essay2/13/2008
  Q: I have a few questions, I have a paper that I have to write by this Sunday 2-17-08. I am hope that I ...
  A: Don't worry. Here are the answers, in very simple terms. 1. Avoid doing evil, do good, and purify ...
life as a Buddhist2/11/2008
  Q: I have been practicing meditation and metta from some years and during University I wanted to ...
  A: but I have to be honest with you that I cannot provide any viable advice. You see, this is your ...
a new form of percepting...now what?2/6/2008
  Q: I am reading more about the disciplines and viewpoints that that Buddhism follows this unique way of ...
  A: The Buddha warned that all conditioned things are transient, they cannot last forever. Anyone who ...
Veiws on house buying2/5/2008
  Q: A Buddhist family is coming to view my house for sale. I have been told their list is long, in what ...
  A: A Buddhist family does not mean that they are practising the teachings of the Buddha. The teachings ...
Visiting a Buddhist Temple2/2/2008
  Q: I wonder if you could help me. I am due to visit the Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon with my ...
  A: Congratulations on your 3rd wedding anniversary. (Ours will be 33rd!!) Welcome to the path of ...
College Paper comparing Buddhism and Christianity2/1/2008
  Q: I am a college student from Bronx, New York that is working on my final paper comparing and ...
  A: As I am not taking any exam instructions, I shall answer all your questions; some of which have been ...
Dalai Lama2/1/2008
  Q: What was the Dalai Lama's legacy? What are the positive/negative effects did he have on when the ...
  A: Frankly, I am sorry I don't really know how to answer your questions. Maybe you can refer to the ...
The Rainbow And The Treasure1/29/2008
  Q: Where can I find the book mentioned in the Subject? I am very interested in having a complete issue ...
  A: The book, as I said, was a compilation of extracts from many books and booklets. This book was ...
Buddha image1/28/2008
  Q: Recently I shifted into a new premise. I brought along my old "buddha image" and intend to set it up ...
  A: Whenever I shifted, I would first move my Buddha image to the new place before the actual shift. ...
Interview?1/26/2008
  Q: I am in a Worlds Religion course in college and I was wondering if you would answer a few questions ...
  A: No problem! 1. How long have you been practicing this religion? 2. How did you learn about ...
meditation1/24/2008
  Q: Though I deeply feel Theravada Buddhism is the right path for me I have some troubles in meditating. ...
  A: Most of us have problems meditating. This is because we are not attuned to meditation. Our mind has ...
Spiritual paths1/23/2008
  Q: I am gay and a nicherin Buddhist and have been having a great deal of trouble as late.I am being ...
  A: This subject is a very controversial and sensitive one. My comment will also surely be treated as ...
List of Spiritual Practices1/21/2008
  Q: I would like to know the names or have a list of spititual paraces like Tonglen,LovingKindness ...
  A: but I don't understand what you mean by "spititual paraces like Tonglen". Is it a typing error? ...
Blessings1/14/2008
  Q: Good Morning, I was in Thailand last week and I was offered a water blessing by a monk which I ...
  A: Apology for the delayed reply as I couldn't log-in the site. Buddhism is a very accommodating and ...
Buddhist Temples1/11/2008
  Q: I am doing some research on places of worship/meditation. What are the key aspects of a Buddhist ...
  A: Your questions are actually too general to answer specifically. But I shall try to answer them. ...
alcohol1/10/2008
  Q: I am a firm believer in buddhism and the buddhist teachings and follw the eight fold path and the ...
  A: The fifth precept is to refrain from taking intoxicating substances. The reason for this is to avoid ...
Zen Buddhism1/9/2008
  Q: ok i have a couple 1) Aare there weekly, bi-weekly, or annual gatherings 2)In there a special ...
  A: I shall give you very brief answers as you are very new to Buddhism. 1. Meetings can be held at ...
Future buddha?1/8/2008
  Q: I have just read the story of Ram Bahadur Bomjon, the boy who apprently appears to be the future ...
  A: If you asked a million Buddhists, you'll get a million different answers!! Here is one of the ...
rebirth1/5/2008
  Q: If a being in this existence spends their whole life trying to reach enlightenment but die before it ...
  A: Within us there is this store-house of consciousness which stores all the data that we had ...
livelihood12/30/2007
  Q: This is personal question if you can please answer. I am Buddhist and trying follow damma and ...
  A: In the Buddha's discourse of the Noble Eightfold Path, right livelihood means abstaining from a ...
Marriage and children12/27/2007
  Q: I am a Buddhist engaged to marry a devout Catholic. We often argue about how we will raise our ...
  A: When you place water and oil together in a glass, they do not mix, but still can be contained in the ...
Can I12/27/2007
  Q: I am a Wiccan and am very fond of the teachings of Buddha. I would like to know can I incorporate ...
  A: The teachings of the Buddha are like air. They exist everywhere, if one cares to find them. Like ...
Xmas and buddhism12/21/2007
  Q: I think I am a buddhist because I feel it in my heart all THE Buddha´s teachings, but I want to know ...
  A: As you know Buddhism is about practising wholesome and harmless lifestyle; to experience contentment ...
Hi!12/20/2007
  Q: i wanna ask you about what are the adavantages of Buddhism in Cambodia?(education, ...
  A: (Your name sounds Cambodian.) As you know Buddhism is about mind cultivation and how to reduce our ...
aim of meditation?12/19/2007
  Q: i am making some headway in my readings. i love the riddles, stories, or koans? 1 that has ...
  A: Just recently someone asked the same question. Here is my answer: The object of Buddhist ...
Student needing information on Buddhist Religion12/16/2007
  Q: . What are the important holidays and traditions of this religion? 2. How has this religion ...
  A: Your questions have been asked many times. If you care to read the archives, you would find the ...
what type of buddhism should i be?12/14/2007
  Q: :-) i want to become a Buddhist, because i have read quite alot about them and this religion sounds ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness through realizing universal truths of existence. ...
what do you think??12/14/2007
  Q: Ven, I'm a Theravada monk and a student of Mahayana Buddhist studies in Thailand. Sometime I have a ...
  A: Bhante, I am just an ordinary puthujana and I dare not acknowledge your salutation. It is most ...
language12/13/2007
  Q: I am a beginner in Zen Buddhism, and I enjoy learning languages. I would like to read classical Zen ...
  A: I am not into Zen Buddhism. However, nowadays, English is the most accessible language, and is very ...
pet therapy12/13/2007
  Q: How do Buddhists view pet therapy?
  A: Buddhism is about universal truths of existence; and how to live a harmless and peaceful life. ...
Nirvana12/10/2007
  Q: I am confused as to what happens after death to someone who is advanced spiritually. Am I correct ...
  A: A spiritually advanced person will most probably be reborn in a higher realm. Higher realm is still ...
Christian Buddists12/9/2007
  Q: I am a Christian and have recently been studying Buddism and yoga and I have only met one person in ...
  A: Please take your time to surf through the Buddhist websites below. I am sure you will find the ...
relationship12/8/2007
  Q: why is it that I can never hold on to a woman. it starts with not even a physical pleasure and end ...
  A: Marzouka, I do not know where you are residing. In most countries there is a law prohibiting ...
according to buddhism....12/6/2007
  Q: What is the basis of happiness? and our place in the universe? what are we here for?
  A: If you are very new to Buddhism, you will not be very happy with my answers, for we are used to the ...
Interview Questions12/2/2007
  Q: I just sent you a request for an interview, but now I see that most people are just putting the ...
  A: Your questions had been asked by others, quite a number of times already. 1. What are the important ...
Can we do an interview?12/2/2007
  Q: I am taking a religion class, and have an assignment to conduct an interview with someone from a ...
  A: You are most welcome to ask questions on Buddhism. I am here specifically to answer them. Quite a ...
"The view"11/30/2007
  Q: I'm a new Buddhist, of only 10 months, although I have pacticed different kinds of meditation for ...
  A: It is very natural that one makes mistakes. If one is so perfect, then one need not practise ...
Buddhism11/27/2007
  Q: (sorry if I spelt it wrong) Hi, I'm called Bex, I gave you my roleplayer email adress, to be safer ...
  A: Before answering your questions, please let me explain that Buddhism is about universal truths which ...
A few questions on Buddhism11/25/2007
  Q: I have a few questions regarding the Buddhist religion. I would be very very appreciative if you ...
  A: What are some Buddhist rituals? The original teachings of the Buddha did not incorporate any ...
being humble and write job applications11/24/2007
  Q: I follow a spiritual path and include a lot of buddhism into it. One of the buddhist parts is ...
  A: Being humble means not to act arrogantly. When you write about your positive attributes, you are ...
bhuddist living11/24/2007
  Q: I smoke, drink, eat meat and play military computer games. I feel drawn to the bhuddist way of life. ...
  A: Since you are drawn to the Buddhist way of life, continue to study and practise the Buddha's sublime ...
form = emptiness; emptiness = form11/22/2007
  Q: how would you get a westerner (having logic ingrained in them since birth) around this concept? do ...
  A: I don't know where you got this equation. Risking being labelled an intellect, I would postulate ...
Devadatta11/22/2007
  Q: Is it true that Devadatta will one day go to heaven after he has served his time in hell? Does ...
  A: I don't know whether I can find it in the scriptures; but was told that Devadatta is in the Avicci ...
Avicci Hell11/21/2007
  Q: It is said that a person who goes to the Avicci hell will have to stay there for "innumerable" ...
  A: Avicci hell is the "mother" of all hells, the worst and deepest hell realm. It is said that when ...
New Buddhist Name11/20/2007
  Q: I am taking refuge in the three jewels at home after 9 years or studying and practicing Buddhism. I ...
  A: Becoming a Buddhist is about changing mindset and living a harmless life. It also depends on which ...
prayer11/16/2007
  Q: do you have a healing prayer? A friend just found out she has cancer throughout her body. She is ...
  A: There is no healing prayer in Buddhism. Otherwise all peoples will be healed by just chanting the ...
religions of the world11/16/2007
  Q: how do contemporary buddhist practices reflect the foundations of the religion?
  A: This is an assignment question which has been asked many times. Below was my answer: "This sounds ...
Buddhists11/15/2007
  Q: I'm doing a school paper on Buddhism and i was just wondering about these questions from a Buddhists ...
  A: Two perspectives on "suffering". One is "personal suffering". The other is the whole global ...
food offerings11/14/2007
  Q: When food is offered either to monks or to Buddha, what does one do with the food? I guess I am ...
  A: Especially Theravada, we don't offer food to the Buddha image. As for monks, Theravada monks are ...
harming or killing monks11/13/2007
  Q: in theravada buddhism what is sentence or number of years in hell on can expect for: 1) harming, ...
  A: Welcome back. Actually I am here to answer questions on Buddhism and not to voice my opinion. But ...
reincarnation and killing of insects like ants11/12/2007
  Q: With the latest scientific method of cloning,artificial insemination in fisheries etc,how do ...
  A: Living beings exist not only in this world but in other world systems. Even within this world, ...
rebirth and bodhisattva11/12/2007
  Q: I enjoy reading your answers, and was wondering if you could answer something I have been pondering ...
  A: I am glad you enjoy reading my answers. <<If a modern day teacher was known to be well advanced ...
direction to pray11/10/2007
  Q: i have some duddha photo kept at my praying place, but recently my friend told that this is not the ...
  A: Placing of Buddha images and pictures were introduced by the followers long after the Buddha passed ...
Five Precepts11/9/2007
  Q: What can i do... to get forgivness from the buddha,dhamma and sangha, if i break by mistake one of ...
  A: First you must understand that the five precepts are not commandments. We undertake to observe the ...
Reincarnation and Karma11/9/2007
  Q: I just had a question that was recently posed to me and I couldn't really answer due to the fact ...
  A: As you know, the law of kamma can be described very simply as cause and effect. However, it is ...
I am doing a paper on Buddhism for school11/8/2007
  Q: I was wondering if you could answer some questions for me? 1. What are the important holidays and ...
  A: Your questions had been asked by others, quite a number of times already. 1. The most important ...
afterlife11/4/2007
  Q: Can we say that Buddhism is an atheistic religion? Why do Buddhists do not believe in afterlife? I ...
  A: Welcome back if you are the same Luke. However,if you are the same Luke, I would be surprised if ...
thoughts on democracy?11/4/2007
  Q: I'm a college freshman doing a project for my world religion class, and it would be extremely ...
  A: Buddhist perspective on the conduct of worldly affairs reflects on the universal teachings of the ...
buddhism11/4/2007
  Q: why is Buddha a powerful figure in Buddhism?
  A: I think this is a non-question. It's just like asking "Why is Jesus a powerful firgure in ...
Blessing for adopted daughter from China10/31/2007
  Q: We recently adopted a beautiful girl from China. We are beginning to study Buddhism and will soon ...
  A: and congratulations for your good deed. Hope this child will give you happiness and will grow up to ...
buddhism10/31/2007
  Q: does buddhism have a holy book
  A: Buddhism is about universal truths and universal moral conduct. They are universal because they ...
Social Action in Buddhism10/29/2007
  Q: I've been watching the news lately and I paid special attention to the broadcast that reported the ...
  A: In normal circumstances, your question will be answered based on the purpose of becoming a monk. A ...
Buddhist Cult on the loose...10/29/2007
  Q: Have you heard of some Buddhist cult group that require followers to give their name and birth date ...
  A: This type of blasphemy is very rampant especially in the name of Buddhism to hookwink the ignorant ...
about the main thought of Lord Buddha.10/25/2007
  Q: Lord Buddha has said,"Desire is the cause of all evils". But if he would not have desired for ...
  A: As I had forwarned in my reply that this discussion might prolong because of "semantic". I also ...
Do we really have a Soul10/25/2007
  Q: Although I consider myself a spiritual person, like a human being I question many times about ...
  A: I shall not try to debate on whether there is life after death, although the Buddha had revealed the ...
The practice of Buddhism10/22/2007
  Q: How is the practice of buddhism expressed in the United States?
  A: I've received similar question many times. It is just like asking "How is the practice of ...
Buddhism10/15/2007
  Q: what are the key events that changed how Buddhism was practiced?
  A: Sorry I don't quite understand your question. The teachings of the Buddha had been around for more ...
Reality10/12/2007
  Q: i'm a 'beginner' buddhist in that i have only become interested in buddhism in the last few months ...
  A: This "illusion or dream" is the "emptiness" that the Buddha revealed. "Emptiness" concept in ...
Basic Questions about Buddhism10/11/2007
  Q: I'm doing a project in my philosophy class and as part of the project I am interviewing an expert on ...
  A: 1. Whether this world is "modern" or not, existence has always been the same...births, deaths, ...
Eastern Religious Paper10/10/2007
  Q: I have a 2100-2450 word paper due and need your assistance. The paper topic is "How is the practice ...
  A: It is also very foreign to me. First I am not in the U S. It is definitely academic rhetoric, for ...
Buddhism10/8/2007
  Q: Justinchoo, I am also doing a project in my philosophy class and I was wondering if you could answer ...
  A: <<Do you feel that you have personalized the religion? (taken different aspects of it, made it for ...
5 questions10/8/2007
  Q: I am curious to know what your answers are to these questions about Buddhism, if you would be so ...
  A: <<What is the Buddhist's relation to other creatures (animals)?>> They are living beings just like ...
Buddhism today10/8/2007
  Q: I have three questions, but you can answer all or however many you'd like. 1.How do Buddhists ...
  A: 1. We practise the teachings of the Buddha. Irrespective of whatever society, the teachings of the ...
Questions on Buddhism10/7/2007
  Q: My name is Gabby and I am a high school student in Massachusetts taking an online course about ...
  A: I have always been very interested to learn more about Buddhism. Although born as a "Buddhist", it ...
3 general questions on Buddhism10/7/2007
  Q: I'm taking a class on philosophy and we have gotten to a section on Buddhism. After learning about ...
  A: 1. "Nirvana" is a totally different concept from the "heaven" of other religions. You need to know ...
Family, Community, Individuality and Meditation10/6/2007
  Q: I am enrolled in an Eastern and Western thought course, and I have been assigned to ask an expert on ...
  A: 1. How is the idea of family important or unimportant in Buddhism? Buddhism is about knowing the ...
three questions about the principle of Buddhism10/4/2007
  Q: This is Ashley. I was assigned from my philosophy teacher to find an expert who can answer my ...
  A: 1. Karma (or kamma) is volitional action, meaning, actions done with intention or on purpose. Every ...
Parents forcing christianity on me what should i do9/30/2007
  Q: Im only 12 years old but i firmly believe that buddhism is the religion i have been looking for. I ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. You are a very special person to be interested in ...
Cheating9/26/2007
  Q: My husband has cheated on me. I have forgiven him but i am having a hard time trusting him. It has ...
  A: I only wish I can give you clear cut answers and solutions; but that would be cheating you. I am ...
pray9/23/2007
  Q: i could really use your help as iam writing about this for school thanx regards lucy
  A: In the context of Christian prayer, Buddhists do not pray as we do not believe that there is any ...
couple questions9/20/2007
  Q: hey justin = ] i have couple of questions i hope you can answer i've always thought that the buddha ...
  A: The Buddha came from a warrior class called the Sakya Clan. During his time India was controlled by ...
Buddhism and respect for life9/18/2007
  Q: As I understand Buddhism, Buddhists teach respect towards all living things. Buddhists are expected ...
  A: The world is surrounded by good and bad things. It is the very nature of this world to be such. That ...
buddhist diet9/17/2007
  Q: what is a staple buddhist diet taking into consideration thier thoughts on meat and meat ...
  A: Here's your quick answer. The Mahayana Buddhists are towards vegetarianism, which means no meat. ...
buddha statute9/13/2007
  Q: i am very interested in buddhism & am reading & trying to apply the principals to my everyday life. ...
  A: Usually one does not repaint a Buddha image. Since you had done it, there is actually nothing to ...
Etiquette9/13/2007
  Q: I’m working on a final for World Religions. My assignment is to compare and contrast a religion I ...
  A: You did not give detail info of the man you are meeting. Is he a monk or a layman? If he is a ...
zen9/9/2007
  Q: i live in liverpool and i was just wondering how do i become a zen priest
  A: I practise the Theravada tradition. If you have not done so, perhaps you may get a better direction ...
Trying to start a clearer life.... please read8/26/2007
  Q: I have always struggled with alcoholism and have had a very bad relapse in the past two weeks. My ...
  A: and welcome to the journey of inner peace and happiness. Of course the first step in doing ...
The no-self8/24/2007
  Q: If there is no self at all, who is meditating? your body? your mind? Are we something bigger than ...
  A: The Buddhist concept of "no self" is not to be literally translated as such. The Pali term is ...
Buddhism8/23/2007
  Q: What are some changes Buddhism underwent from its founding and why? Difference in practice/belief ...
  A: A little historical background of Buddhism will answer your question. During the Buddha's time, his ...
Buddhism8/23/2007
  Q: I am currently enrolled in Axia College online and I have to interview someone on Buddhism for my ...
  A: Your questions had been asked by others, quite a number of times already. 1. The most important ...
Bhudha and miracles8/21/2007
  Q: Every sentence said by Buddha makes sense and fits perfectly even in today's modern life. As all ...
  A: (Sorry for the delayed reply as I could not access the site yesterday.) There are a few definitions ...
few question8/21/2007
  Q: i really apprectiate your responses to many questions and i have a couple you might help me with ...
  A: To answer your first question, the eightfold path is more than "not talking to people". Use your ...
Date of Buddha's Death8/21/2007
  Q: I happened to learn that the exact date of Buddha's death is not known even though we commemorate it ...
  A: The day is called "Wesak Day" or "Buddha Day". It is the thrice sacred day of the birth, ...
Worrying8/16/2007
  Q: I'm in a really tight spot financially - working poor, as I've heard it called. I worry almost all ...
  A: Everyone has worries. Even the super rich have worries. It is the price that we pay for feeling ...
Science And Buddhism8/6/2007
  Q: I hope you are fine. You have said “The appearance of a Buddha is very very rare. When the ...
  A: (Strange that your question did not appear in my email. I retrived this from the "Allexperts" site) ...
Pluralism and Buddhism8/4/2007
  Q: I hope you are fine. Now I have understood the difference between a begger and a monk, to some ...
  A: <<When a Buddhist becomes a Buddha, will he himself experience the Dhamma straightly?>> The ...
soul8/3/2007
  Q: do buddhists believe that there is a soul?
  A: First we have to define what is "soul". I take it as meaning "a continuity of the same permanent ...
Mistake, Tradition and Moralism8/3/2007
  Q: I hope you are fine. Thanks a lot for the sites you introduced. You have left one of the questions ...
  A: Welcome back, and thank you for not being disappointed with my "answers". One day will come when ...
Kamma and Economical Self-Reliance in Buddhism8/2/2007
  Q: I hope you are fine. I live in Iran (where you can find no Buddhists). You have said “I am here ...
  A: I was unsure whether you might take offence to my earlier comments. You may never know; people are ...
Ahimsa And Self-Defense8/1/2007
  Q: I hope you are fine. Let`s go straight to the discussion. In our last discussion you said “That ...
  A: You certainly is very persistent to get a "yes" or "no" answer. It is very difficult to make a ...
Self-Defense In Buddhism7/30/2007
  Q: I hope you are fine. It`s a great chance that I can ask you my questions. My first question is as ...
  A: Welcome. It is also with great pleasure that I am given a chance to try to answer your question. ...
I Just Became Buddhist ...but it is okay7/26/2007
  Q: that I said the last few chants in English instead of Pali?? Or Must I re-do The cerimony??
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. To become a Buddhist means to practise the ...
Mahasiddhas7/18/2007
  Q: Do you know who he was "Mahasiddhas", and what did he teach? Also:Regard/contemplate all phenomena ...
  A: For "Mahasiddha", please refer here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahasiddha Quote: "Mahasiddhas ...
looking for book7/14/2007
  Q: am looking for a copy of the dhammapada in simple chinese.. anyone know where i can buy one???..
  A: Someone gave me this site: http://www.budaedu.org/publish/C3/index.php#CH31 Please let me know ...
meditation7/7/2007
  Q: how are you? I'd like to ask you about meditation. I've noticed that there can be either internal ...
  A: I wonder whether you are the same Luke who had visited here before? First, my sincere apology for ...
Buddhism6/29/2007
  Q: Could you please tell me how can you explain the self and selflessness? What is mind? Where is it? ...
  A: It would help me to better answer you if I know your environmental background. You see, a person ...
confused on religion to believe before death6/27/2007
  Q: I'm dying on June 30th in a car crash. Don't ask me how I know. It's just going to happen that way. ...
  A: One thing for sure you're not going to die in a car crash on June 30th. I can even guarantee you ...
buddhist views on....6/25/2007
  Q: Namo Buddhaya, i would like to ask about the Buddhists' views on intimate relationship, well i ...
  A: Welcome back. The third precept states that one should undertake to refrain from committing sexual ...
How?6/22/2007
  Q: Apologies for this in advance as I am a complete novice. I have reached a stage in my life where I'm ...
  A: This is a follow-up. I take that CofE means Church of England, which means you should be in ...
Question on Buddhism6/20/2007
  Q: If you are in a confrontation and have tried your best to sort out a solution in a non violent way ...
  A: Welcome back. Your question had been asked a million times, but there is no clear-cut satisfactory ...
Question on Buddhism6/20/2007
  Q: I was wondering if it was against the precepts to be a police officer. I am curious because ...
  A: Sometime back someone asked being in the army. Your question can be similarly answered. May I ...
Karma6/19/2007
  Q: Hai Justinchoo, i would like to know if bad karma could be reduced or may be erase? or maybe, ...
  A: We may say that kamma works in mysterious ways, but surely it will take its course. We shall not be ...
images of the Buddha6/19/2007
  Q: It's been said that the Buddha discouraged his followers from making or worshipping images of ...
  A: During the Buddha's time, there was not a problem as the Buddha was there in person. Actually, ...
Buddhas6/15/2007
  Q: What does each of the different poses of the Buddha's mean? What is the difference between the happy ...
  A: Please do a google search on "Buddha postures - meaning" and you can go through the various web ...
Buddhism6/13/2007
  Q: Can you explain how a person can adhere only to their traditional rites and rituals, without ...
  A: Welcome back. Let me digress a little before answering your question. It is a very common problem ...
Buddhists6/6/2007
  Q: How do you think that the contemporary Buddhist practices reflect the foundations of the religion?
  A: Welcome back and thanks for your excellent ratings. It makes one happy knowing that one's effort ...
another question from the question about love6/6/2007
  Q: what are buddhist view on music, is it just another physical desire? or what?
  A: Welcome back. In Buddhism, it is important to know that there are two types of truth. One is ...
buddhist beliefs on the dead6/4/2007
  Q: this might be a little intruding but im doing an assignment on weather the dead of the past should ...
  A: There is this true story of a Buddhist man who died. Then someone claimed that he was a Christian ...
Buddha6/4/2007
  Q: How did the childhood experiences of Siddhartha Guatama (Buddha) lead to his questioning of the ...
  A: The prince, before he became the Buddha, was strictly protected from the realities of the outside ...
buddhism as a revolution6/3/2007
  Q: i would like if you could explain to me how can mediation be a revolution
  A: I'm not sure what you mean by "revolution". Maybe you mean "revelation". And by "mediation" I think ...
love6/2/2007
  Q: how do buddhists view love?
  A: By "love" I take it as "passionate and physical" love. Buddhist context of "love" is ...
Question5/21/2007
  Q: Are Buddhists technically atheists?
  A: It depends on how you interprete the word "atheist". Merriam Webster: "one who believes that there ...
Buddha5/13/2007
  Q: I recently purchased a Buddha figurine.This one was the fertility/child protection model. I am ...
  A: There are lots of "Buddha" figurines in the market. There are also lots of names given to them; and ...
Buddhism questions5/13/2007
  Q: I am writing a college research paper and I need to interview a buddhist person. I am hoping that ...
  A: 1. The most important holiday is the Wesak Day which falls on the first full moon day of May. This ...
Now that I am Buddhist...5/11/2007
  Q: Now that I have became a begginer at Buddhism, what should I do? There are no communities around ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. The fact that you have decided to become a ...
temple5/8/2007
  Q: when one decides to become a Buddhist, does one visit the Buddhist temple regularly? what is it for? ...
  A: A Buddhist temple is a place where one goes to learn Buddhism, to participate with the activities ...
taoism5/4/2007
  Q: you see an opportunity to get into your teachers computer and change your grades. what should you ...
  A: (Actually you can post several questions in one posting.) I wouldn't be so stupid to change my ...
confucianism5/4/2007
  Q: you have a couple of friends who are fighting with each other over a small situation. You want to ...
  A: (This site is actually for questions relating to the teachings of the Buddha which deal with the ...
buddhism religion5/4/2007
  Q: If you owned a business that it done well in the past and now it was about to go under. Someone ...
  A: (I think the next 3 qns posted by Nick might be the same person.) This site is actually for ...
would you help me become a buddhist?4/29/2007
  Q: i want to be one of the buddhist people but i dont know how so can you help me become a buddhist?
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. To become a Buddhist means to practise the ...
World Religions Report4/21/2007
  Q: 1. What are the main beliefs of Buddhism? 2. What are some daily rituals? 3. Do you worship ...
  A: Actually it would be more rewarding for you if you would read through some Buddhist sites and use ...
The Four Noble Truths4/21/2007
  Q: I am doing some research about Buddhism and have come across the four noble truths. I have read over ...
  A: The second noble truth explains that due to our sense cravings, we are caught in the never-ending ...
Perspective4/20/2007
  Q: If this statement is true, “no one can concretely prove what happens to our consciousness after ...
  A: (First, my apologies for the delayed response due to a glitch in my email which did not display your ...
Nirvana4/19/2007
  Q: The Four Noble Truths state that desire is the origin of suffering and so if you don't desire you ...
  A: Your question is a play on semantics. The "desire" the Buddha was referring to was about sensual ...
Beginner in Buddhism4/15/2007
  Q: I would like to know more abt Buddhism as well as finding a good spiritual master to guide me in my ...
  A: and welcome to the path of universal truth and inner peace. The journey will be a long and ...
mind and brain4/12/2007
  Q: Greetings, Would you kindly give me a 'working definition' of the difference between the mind and ...
  A: In simple computer terms, CPU will be the "brain"; while the electric current will be the "mind". ...
Buddhist Question4/12/2007
  Q: I would like to know your insight and your thoughts on this question. 1) How do contemporary ...
  A: Someone asked the same question recently. Below was my answer: <<"Your question covers a very wide ...
Buddhist practices3/30/2007
  Q: How do contemporary Buddhist practices reflect the foundations of the religion
  A: Your question covers a very wide spectrum of Buddhism today. Bearing in mind that there are so many ...
Prayer Beads3/26/2007
  Q: and I was wondering if you knew how to make prayer beads. I know it seems like a really unimportant ...
  A: I have never thought of that before, but you can always buy beads of your choice and string them ...
buddhism3/22/2007
  Q: What is delusion. Pls explain with examples. tq.
  A: "Delusion" is a mental state which misleads a person's perception of the "real" world. It is like ...
biddhism3/17/2007
  Q: Since i have to chose which tradition to follow could you please suggest a website/link that has ...
  A: Please refer to the two sites below. The first is the "mother" of all Buddhist web sites. The ...
buddhism3/14/2007
  Q: I am interested in making a shrine dedicated to the buddha to show my respect. What things should I ...
  A: It makes one happy to know that one's effort is appreciated. Always remember that there are at ...
Buddhism3/13/2007
  Q: In another question i asked you told me buddhism was a religious lable and you didnt have to go ...
  A: Welcome back. Buddhism is a very tolerant and liberal "religion". Truth is truth; irrespective of ...
Several questions3/12/2007
  Q: I have been studying Buddhism for a little while now. I am interested in practing it but I have ...
  A: Welcome to the journey of inner peace and happiness. I heard of people patting the belly of the fat ...
More About Buddhism.3/3/2007
  Q: I find it very interesting and I'm thinking about converting. Thanks Lacey
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. Buddhism is about universal truths which you ...
Buddha3/2/2007
  Q: I read somewhere recently that Buddha Shakyamuni could read 64 languages and new all their ...
  A: It is good that you seek clarifications. However, you will also find that if you ask different ...
Enlightenment2/28/2007
  Q: My question is very basic but i find myself still slightly puzzled over it. Is Buddhism concentrated ...
  A: First we need to define what "enlightenment" means in Buddhism. It means being "awaken" from the ...
questions for my eastern and western thought class regarding buddhism2/27/2007
  Q: Does one remember their past life, and about how many years until one relieved from the cycle? ...
  A: Very few people can remember past lives. To be relieved from the cycle of birth and death is a very ...
Faith in Buddhism2/23/2007
  Q: I was recently reading a translation of the dhammapada online that included stories from which the ...
  A: Just as there are so many types of people, there are also variations in one's belief, perception, ...
questions on bhuddism2/22/2007
  Q: and i have a few things that im confused about. Im somewhat confused on the subject of ridding ...
  A: Your first question is a play on semantics. The "desire" the Buddha was referring to was about ...
pronunciation2/5/2007
  Q: Is there a place I can download some audio files of how to pronounce common words and phrases like ...
  A: The web site http://www.parami.org/duta/buddhist.htm is hosted by one of my learned Buddhist ...
Pali2/4/2007
  Q: Is Pali a very widespread used language? Is it worth learning? I'm from the states and am ...
  A: Actually Pali is not a language. The meaning of "Pali" is "language of the text" which refers to ...
??? @ buddhism1/29/2007
  Q: I hope you can help me answer these questions: - what is the MOST IMPORTANT message I can teach my ...
  A: 1. It is quite subjective to list as MOST IMPORTANT. My choice will be to teach them not to hurt ...
Questions dealing with the medical aspect1/22/2007
  Q: I am currently in nursing school and I am doing research in Buddhism. I would like to have ...
  A: but I don't think I will be of much help to your question. I don't think a non-Buddhist patient ...
Life1/22/2007
  Q: What happens when you finish being reborn or do you finish being reborn?
  A: When there is no more rebirth, it means the person has attained Nibbana. "He" is no longer being ...
buddhism1/18/2007
  Q: The book I was reading was what buddhists beleive.
  A: This book was written by my revered teacher K Sri Dhammananda. This book answers practically almost ...
buddhism1/15/2007
  Q: I have acually talked to you about buddhism before. Last year some time. You helped me become a ...
  A: Well, you can become a Buddhist again, anytime! Actually "Buddhist" is just a "religious label". ...
Blessing the Buddha1/11/2007
  Q: My friend brought me back a beautiful Buddha from Singapore and when talking to one of the members ...
  A: It depends on which tradition you are practising. I shall comment as a Theravada follower. ...
Lotus Flower1/8/2007
  Q: Can you please what is the significance of the lotus flower to Buddhists?
  A: The lotus plant grows in muddy water. Its flowers rise above the muddy water with full splendour in ...
thank you1/5/2007
  Q: Justin. No quesion.just wanted to update you and say thank you for your advice. Seemed odd to hear ...
  A: I am very happy for you that you are experiencing inner peace and mental happiness. There is ...
Life is like a dream1/4/2007
  Q: 1.Why do people sometimes says "Life is nothing but a dream"?Why is our life like a dream? What is ...
  A: Recently someone asked quite similar questions as yours. This was my answer: Personally, I ...
Question about buddhism1/1/2007
  Q: I still have some doubts to clear with you. 1.According to the Buddhism, are we living in a world ...
  A: I have corresponded with my learned friend seeking his assistance to better answer your questions, ...
buddhism12/30/2006
  Q: What does the term "ignorance" (lack of knowledge) mean in the Buddhist philosophy? thanks
  A: I wonder you are the same Luke. "Ignorance" is being translated from the Pali word "Avijja". This ...
Question about buddhism12/27/2006
  Q: I am a Buddhist for many years,but recently I started to get really interested in the topic of ...
  A: 1) Personally, I won't say that life is like a dream because a dream is not real at all. Life is ...
vipassana12/15/2006
  Q: What are the 10 fetters, to which you referred as a note when answering a question on vipassana?
  A: I can't remember that question; but just the same , the 10 fetters are: 1. Belief in a personality ...
agganna sutta12/15/2006
  Q: hello,its me again,I have just read the agganna sutta and personally I don't think it shouid be ...
  A: Actually, the different tenses used have baffled me. This sutta is usually quoted to explain the ...
mind12/13/2006
  Q: can someone explain what the buddhist view of these 3 things are. Brain Mind One who knows.. i ...
  A: The simple answers are: Brain: The piece of grey matter encased in the skull. Mind: The ...
God12/12/2006
  Q: My apology for bothering you again,as you have mention that the buddha do not believe in a creator ...
  A: You are not bothering me. I enjoy answering your questions. By the way, thanks for your ratings. ...
buddhism12/8/2006
  Q: what is the buddha's view on God? is he a atheist or an agnostic?
  A: Now we are dealing with difficult semantic definitions. Before proceeding, we have to define the ...
prev. questions,12/5/2006
  Q: Ok. I will re-phrase. Why when i do things that make me feel happy.. Like. eating, drinking, sex, ...
  A: You have actually answered your own question. Your relevent answer is quoted here: "but i have ...
Bodhisatva Vow12/4/2006
  Q: why would one do this? Better put, what is the value or purpose of it? If to end suffering, why ...
  A: The Bodhisatta vow is a Mahayana concept where the person is supposed to postponed his final ...
Rebirth (Several Questions)12/1/2006
  Q: My question is a somewhat complex one, or at least so it seems to me; I would like to know precisely ...
  A: I must congratulate you that you have got the idea of rebirth correctly. So I need not elaborate. ...
..11/30/2006
  Q: If Buddhism is to reach enlightenmaent, then why do buddhists keep prayer beads, even in death? I ...
  A: I think the best approach to your comments would be to find out the actual teachings of the Buddha. ...
how11/30/2006
  Q: how do i train with a monk? i have a lot of issues in my life and i want to find myself, let go of ...
  A: If you had disclosed your location and also your level of understanding of Buddhism, I might provide ...
Buddhism Questions11/27/2006
  Q: I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how I could learn more about Buddhism. Are there any ...
  A: I assume you are the same Sarah. Welcome to the path of universal truth and inner peace. The ...
happieness11/24/2006
  Q: what is it about the mind, that causes you to be happier when you refrain from doing things that ...
  A: I am sorry I don't quite understand your question. How could the mind feel happier by refraining ...
Vipassana meditation11/22/2006
  Q: I ll like to know how to do Vipassana meditation? I am residing in Malaysia. Thank you K K
  A: You did not say which town you are from. Please click here for location: ...
Questions about Buddhism11/16/2006
  Q: I am a university student writing a paper on Buddhism for a south-east Asian anthropology class. I ...
  A: 1. Justin Choo 2. Malaysian (Chinese) 3. In a temple, there will be the Chief Monk, followed by his ...
Reincarnation and children11/14/2006
  Q: Over the past few years I have begun to think a lot about the big question - what's it all about? ...
  A: Apology for the slight delay in answering due to a glitch in the system. Your first paragraph ...
what is a buddha11/7/2006
  Q: who is Buddha?
  A: "Buddha" is a Pali (also Sanskrit) word, meaning "awakened". The root word is "Budh" meaning to ...
right livelihood11/3/2006
  Q: what does 'right livelihood' mean? i know it means to work hard, well and humanely, but is there ...
  A: There are four types of trade that a Buddhist should avoid. They are; trading of humans ...
the third precept11/3/2006
  Q: i am doing an assessed project on buddhism. can you tell me what fashion has to do with the third ...
  A: To abstain from sexual misconduct is the third of the 5 precepts which a good Buddhist would abide. ...
food offerings on alter11/1/2006
  Q: My son is a beginner buddhist (12 years old) and I'm trying to support his new beleifs but I know ...
  A: First, let me express my respect for your liberal consideration of your son's newfound belief. It ...
About Mahayana Buddhism10/26/2006
  Q: I would like to ask the following: Does Mahayana believe in rebirth? I understand they have ...
  A: Mahayanists believe in rebirth. They also believe that by chanting the mantra, they will be reborn ...
understanding10/23/2006
  Q: I would like to ask about compassion. I feel compassion towards people, I would help a stanger in ...
  A: Welcome back. Your compassion is within the Buddha's compassion. If you are from UK, then I would ...
intelligence as a third agent10/22/2006
  Q: My name is willy and I am very familiar with buddhism. But there remain a few issues not dealt with ...
  A: Even if we can prove (which we cannot) that there is "intelligence" behind every creation, your ...
where?10/21/2006
  Q: my name is fraser and im not yet a buddhist. im travelling around the world and would love to know ...
  A: The answer you get will depend on who you ask because there are various Buddhist traditions (or ...
other buddhist gods10/17/2006
  Q: i'm doing a research project on Avalokiteshvara, Padmasambhava, and Tara which are gods in the ...
  A: Instead of regurgitating info on your queries, please refer to the following sites: ...
Laughing Buddah Perhaps?10/16/2006
  Q: I am from New Jersey I'm 20 years old and I have a story. When I was about 15 years old I decided ...
  A: What happened during your experience only you yourself can interprete because no one was with you. ...
Buddhism10/12/2006
  Q: Although Buddhism is considered a religion, the more I read about it, the more I feel that it is a ...
  A: It is a semantic exercise in futility. Depending on the interpretations of the words "religion" and ...
meditation10/10/2006
  Q: How does one achieve a calm mind? In an answer to meditation, you had mentioned that meditation ...
  A: You may have misinterpreted my comment or I may have made an error in explaining. Buddhist ...
violence?10/10/2006
  Q: I read your answer to the non-violence question. What is the Buddhist definition of violence? Does ...
  A: We don't need a Buddhist definition of "violence". We need a common-sense definition. Buddhism is ...
non-violence issues10/5/2006
  Q: I have recently decided to start studying about buddhism and attempting to integrate it into my ...
  A: There is this very important concept in Buddhism reflecting the nature of this world. The three ...
Hunting10/3/2006
  Q: I am so glad that I found this site, I have been reading about Buddhism and have been very ...
  A: I am sure you are quite familiar with the Buddha's teachings by now. The most saliant point in ...
natural state9/25/2006
  Q: according to Darwin, certain aggresive tendencies, anger for one, are instrinsic and even help with ...
  A: Welcome back. You like to dwell in intellectual analyses. When we start to compare different ideas ...
meditation9/23/2006
  Q: My name's Lorena, and I live in Italy. I am just approaching Buddhism, and, while there are no ...
  A: For an "average" lay Buddhist, it is quite difficult to meditate while facing problems. This is ...
buddhist blessings for babies9/18/2006
  Q: thatks for your kind words of wisdom. having explored some of the principals of Buddhism I have ...
  A: Welcome back, and thank you for your excellent ratings which makes me very happy that my effort is ...
Gender Difference in Buddhism9/16/2006
  Q: ) I was reading an article on the chanting of the words 'samma araham' and visualizing a crystal ...
  A: I share your sentiment and questioning. You are right, they don't make any sense! The Buddha ...
Conciousness and Death9/13/2006
  Q: again. I’ve been reading about the anatta concept in Buddhism and was wondering what the Buddhist ...
  A: Welcome! A being consists of mind and matter. Matter is quite straight forward to understand ...
Conversion9/11/2006
  Q: I'm sort of new to Buddhism in that, while I have been studying Buddhism for quite a while and feel ...
  A: You are lucky to have come from a liberal Christian background which makes things easier for you to ...
marital affairs9/7/2006
  Q: Good Day: I am fairly new to buddhism but believe my answers lie there..my question is how to ...
  A: I appreciate your sharing of your experiences. It's said that half the problem is solved once a ...
religion9/7/2006
  Q: I am very confused about the religions. First question, is Buddism against homosexuality? My mom is ...
  A: Buddhism is not against anything. The Buddha taught universal truths. Truths that you and I can ...
food9/3/2006
  Q: I would like to know what you eat.My mother is the manager of a Fire Service canteen here in ...
  A: Actually, lay Buddhists are not restrictive in their types of food. Theravada Buddhists are not ...
fornication9/3/2006
  Q: According to your knowledge and beliefs what is your stance about fornication today? Do you still ...
  A: To abstain from sexual misconduct is the third of the 5 precepts which a good Buddhist would abide. ...
Can you fish if you are a Buddhist9/1/2006
  Q: If you are a Buddhist is it okay to go fishing as long as you return the fish back to the water or ...
  A: Is it ok for you if someone put a hook in your mouth and then set you free again? Sorry for the ...
previous religion8/28/2006
  Q: hey, I'm 16 years old and perhaps some may say I'm too young to think about things like that but I ...
  A: You are not too young to think about life. I started searching for spiritual answers when I was ...
becoming a buddhist8/28/2006
  Q: I have been learning about the buddhist beliefs and teachings for a while now and am now sure i want ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. It will be a long but fruitful journey. First ...
the five precepts8/27/2006
  Q: what dose this mean in your life is it hard to live up to
  A: but I hope the question is for you too. The 5 precepts are universal principles for us to follow in ...
Cheating Spouce8/27/2006
  Q: My husband cheated on me, but he said that he made a mistake. Although, we haven't really talked ...
  A: First, I have to remind you that this is a Buddhist site, which means my views will be reflective of ...
Buddhist meditation8/18/2006
  Q: How can I meditate to become enlightened? I am a Christian and want to start right away. I simply ...
  A: First we have to qualify what we mean by "enlightenment". In the Buddhist context it means complete ...
Fasting8/17/2006
  Q: I was recently listening to a Dharma talk given by a Theravada monk in which he briefly spoke of a ...
  A: Refraining from taking food past noon is actually not an act of fasting. It is inculcating ...
Buddhist topics8/15/2006
  Q: I would like to ask the following: What is meant by Wisdom Mindful Kalamasutta (not sure of ...
  A: "Wisdom" in the Buddhist context is the ability to see the world and our lives in the real ...
Buddhism and Anger8/13/2006
  Q: I am an avid reader of expert Buddhism and my interest in Buddhism started quite recently. I think ...
  A: You have done better than me! It is very easy to philosophize about compassion, patience, tolerance ...
buddha statue8/7/2006
  Q: however the only available place to put the statue is near the bathrooms, but not in them since I ...
  A: Congratulation on your new venture! May you prosper! If you have a free mind, then you actually ...
Looking for spiritual guidance8/1/2006
  Q: My question im looking to build a better base within my self but don't know which religion would be ...
  A: Most people are born with a religion of their parents. I was born as a Buddhist, but that didn't ...
Buddists in the Military7/24/2006
  Q: I have been a soldier in the US Military for over 2 years. About 6 months ago, I became interested ...
  A: Some time back someone asked the same question. May I repeat my answer: No one is disqualified ...
symbol7/23/2006
  Q: another question! ŽO•ó can you tell me if this is the symbol for the three jewels and if so can you ...
  A: I'm not sure whether the computer shows the exact symbol which you produced. It certainly seems ...
buddism7/23/2006
  Q: thanks katie
  A: Buddhism is unlike other religions. It does not require ritualistic conversion or total submission ...
buddhist meditation7/14/2006
  Q: I am a buddhist in the Theravada tradition aswel and i have started and stopped meditation numerous ...
  A: If we need to be interested in order to meditate, then we got a problem. The reason for meditation ...
buddhism7/13/2006
  Q: please something imporant that would help others understand about buddhism.
  A: I think you would like to know some important points on Buddhism. Below is my usualy introduction; ...
Material Possessions7/9/2006
  Q: I was wondering if you believe one of the goals of Buddhism is to rid yourself of the desires of ...
  A: We can say that the teachings of the Buddha are of 2 levels. One is for the lay people. The other ...
TESTING7/8/2006
  Q: Is there any notion in Buddhism of a need for testing its beliefs? Does Buddhism tolerate debate and ...
  A: The most salient aspect of Buddhism is its encouragement for its followers to use their common sense ...
I have several questions7/6/2006
  Q: What one thing would you consider the foundation of Buddhism? What is the most important thing that ...
  A: Your qn :"What one thing would you consider the foundation of Buddhism?" My comment: The ...
karma and god7/2/2006
  Q: Is believing in Karma and believing in an active God, incompatible? I read that karma is based on ...
  A: The Buddhist concept of kamma is volitional action. Action that is done on purpose. This natural ...
LAY BUDDHIST AND ANICCA6/29/2006
  Q: I am a student studying buddhism and would like to know what benefits and difficulties might lay ...
  A: Anicca is the first of the 3 characteristics of existence which the Buddha revealed. Anicca, ...
Friendship6/15/2006
  Q: This question may be a little off topic for you, but I rather seek the wisdom of someone ...
  A: although I am definitely not qualified to give counsel of this nature. You have to realize that all ...
Zen master6/14/2006
  Q: What is the name of the Japanese Zen Master who used drinking & sex as his Zen practice?
  A: but I must disappoint you that I do not know of such "master" nor am interested to find out. If ...
Meditation6/13/2006
  Q: Im interested in learning how to meditate. I have had a had teacher explain to me some things about ...
  A: First there are many types of meditation. This is a Buddhist site, so here we are talking about ...
The First Precept6/12/2006
  Q: Sir: My father has recently expressed to me the wish that in the event that he ends up in a coma or ...
  A: The first precept requires us to refrain from killing, to the best of our abilities. It is not a ...
Jesus in Bhuddism6/11/2006
  Q: I wondered what Bhuddists believed about Jesus. I am a Roman Catholic and so I believe in God as the ...
  A: First of all if one wants to believe in something or somebody that something or somebody must have ...
Companion animal bereavement6/6/2006
  Q: Our 11 year old cat suffered a stroke on Tuesday and we brought him home on Friday hoping he would ...
  A: Since you have just started studying Buddhism, I am sure the first thing you have studied would be ...
anger6/4/2006
  Q: First I would like to say thank you for taking the time to answer questions<smiles> I recently ...
  A: And welcome to the journey of inner peace and happiness. Please take your time to know more about ...
clinging and suffering6/2/2006
  Q: I have recently gone through a very painful breakup. I feel as though I keep clinging to my ex, and ...
  A: It's easy to say that I'm sorry to know of your problems. But that doesn't solve problems. First, ...
How to become a buddhist6/2/2006
  Q: I am no an anglican and want to convert to buddhism. How can i do this? What are some types of ...
  A: Welcome back. And welcome to the journey of real freedom and inner peace. This journey will take a ...
Christianity to Buddhism5/31/2006
  Q: If you are a christian can you become a buddhist? If so what are the types of Buddhism and how are ...
  A: No; one cannot be both a Christian and a Buddhist, mainly because Christianity demands that one ...
dalia lama5/28/2006
  Q: is the dalia lama the reincarnation of the buddha {the buddha who introduced buddhism} ?
  A: First, the Dalai Lama is the religious leader of one of the 4 major "Buddhist" sects in Tibet. He ...
vipassana master5/27/2006
  Q: Namo Amitabha . Hi i'm POH again , from Malaysia . Can you tell me where can i find the best ...
  A: Try the following: Vihara Buddha Gotama c/o 121 Jalan Besar, Temoh, Perak 35350 Tel: +60-12-469 ...
karma5/27/2006
  Q: i have a few buddhism books at home, is it allright that i put them on the floor on should i put ...
  A: It doesn't really matter where or how you put them. But as a matter of common sense and giving due ...
Thinking wrongly about others5/23/2006
  Q: I judge people by how they walk, look, their demure, hair colour, habits and any other trait I can ...
  A: If you know that what you doing is not very nice, then 50% of your problem is solved. This is ...
buddha5/22/2006
  Q: was just wandering though, u said that u only have reverence for the buddha himself. does that not ...
  A: Reverence for a person means showing respect and gratitude. We do not pray to the Buddha. When we ...
buddhism5/22/2006
  Q: i hope ur well. i was just looking on the website of the buddhist society and found something ...
  A: Buddhists refer to deities in higher planes of existence as Devas. We do not worship them, but ...
KARMA&ACTION5/21/2006
  Q: Namo Amitabha. I m Poh again . A Chinese from Malaysia . Consider the following scenario . A man ...
  A: First I must remind you that kamma is one of the 4 topics that cannot be fully comprehended. The ...
KARMA&ACTION5/21/2006
  Q: Namo Amitabha. I m Poh again . A Chinese from Malaysia . Consider the following scenario . A man ...
  A: First I must remind you that kamma is one of the 4 topics that cannot be fully comprehended. The ...
Questions on Mara, Creator God and others5/20/2006
  Q: I can see you are doing a great job in spreading dhamma, a big sadhu to you! I have some questions ...
  A: (I don't know why this reply did not reach you. Hope this time it does.) Welcome back. It will ...
what was the name of the first...5/19/2006
  Q: what was the name of the first buddha?
  A: Welcome back. The name of the "first" Buddha as revealed by Gotama, the historical Buddha, was ...
Is buddhism really a religion?...5/19/2006
  Q: Is buddhism really a religion? Because I have heard that it is more like a way of life.
  A: Buddhism is the name given to the teachings of the historical Buddha, whose name was Gotama. What ...
Doubts5/18/2006
  Q: Have a few questions on Dhamma that I hope u can help to provide some answer. (1)I heard in a ...
  A: I know who you are. Welcome. 1)After the appearance of Maiteya Buddha, this world system will come ...
What to do in the temple5/17/2006
  Q: What do I do in the temple when I go? Where do I pray? There are three areas with pillow on the ...
  A: I think the best way to start is to surf through the net. The "Mother" of all Buddhist web sites is ...
Wisdom5/17/2006
  Q: Wisdom or transcendental intelligence is the sustaning principle of enlightenment.Without ...
  A: The sutra is from the Mahayana tradition. I follow the Theravada tradition. We can discuss the ...
buddhists on evolution5/16/2006
  Q: I'm doing a paper for school about Intelligent Design and part of my research is to ask different ...
  A: What is "Intelligent Design" in the first place? Buddhists do not "believe" in anything. The ...
Buddhism5/16/2006
  Q: A couple of questions really. 1) i am a christian and have been practising properly for about two ...
  A: 1)"To abstain from sexual misconduct is the third of the 5 precepts which a good Buddhist would ...
Careers and Studies in Buddhism5/14/2006
  Q: I'm doing research on a kind of graduate program, career or employment available to buddhist monks. ...
  A: I may have misunderstood your question; if not it sounds strange for monks to associate with some ...
few questions5/13/2006
  Q: Q1 ) Can one who is reborn in ghost realm / deva realm recall his previous lives ? Q2)In this life ...
  A: It's not very often that I receive questions from Asians (Malaysian?). Welcome. Q1) If we were to ...
REBORN ENDLESSLY5/13/2006
  Q: I have a question which is hard to explain . I hope you can try your best to understand it and help ...
  A: Let us not forget that the main purpose of practising the Buddha's teachings is to gain truth and ...
REBORN ENDLESSLY5/13/2006
  Q: I have a question which is hard to explain . I hope you can try your best to understand it and help ...
  A: Let us not forget that the main purpose of practising the Buddha's teachings is to gain truth and ...
Buddhism course5/13/2006
  Q: i'm POH , from Ipoh ,Malaysia .I have the intention to get a degree course in Buddhism via home ...
  A: Please also try search on google and yahoo under "buddhist degree, correspondence course". Good ...
Tibetan Alphabet5/12/2006
  Q: I was wondering if you are able to change the mantra of Karmapa Chenno into the Tibetan Alphabet, as ...
  A: I am more into the practice of the teachings of the Buddha; to experience calm and peace. Perhaps ...
The answer5/11/2006
  Q: what is the answer where is the answer is the answer available to everyone and all sentinent ...
  A: "what is the answer ".....Answer to what? "where is the answer "......Answer to where? "is the ...
Karma and heaven&hell5/10/2006
  Q: What is karma anyway? I've heard that it's like if you do something bad to other people or even ...
  A: Kamma is translated as action. In Buddhism, kamma is VOLITIONAL action. This is to say that when ...
Hello, After a lot of careful...5/10/2006
  Q: After a lot of careful consideration i have decided to become a buddhist, i find the views and ...
  A: and welcome to the path of truth and inner peace. It will be a long but pleasent journey of ...
Buddhist in a Non-Buddhist Family5/9/2006
  Q: I am a Therevada Buddhist and a high school senior who will graduate this June. My parents are ...
  A: The world is changing and "getting smaller". Communications are instant. Information is at a click ...
nagarjuna5/8/2006
  Q: I have a few questions I hope you can help. 1. Can you explain what it means when nagarjuna says ...
  A: Brandie, Thank you for asking me. I am more into the practical aspect of Buddhism, that is to say ...
Relationships as a Buddhist5/8/2006
  Q: Peace and health to you! I am an 18-year-old Buddhist of the Theravada tradition who is seeking to ...
  A: First we must understand we are very sensual beings; especially at your age. It is very natural. ...
buddhism5/2/2006
  Q: what is nirvana really , what happens to the buddha after death is he annihilated or is it a form of ...
  A: Unless a person has attained enlightenment, nirvana can only be a conjecture. However, we can ...
The Budhism sins5/2/2006
  Q: I'm trying to locate the figurines of the the budhism sins. This might be the wrong term for them ...
  A: Frankly I don't have a clue about those figurines. Perhaps you could search through sites relating ...
advise4/28/2006
  Q: umm... i was raised babtist but have not really been into the whole church thing. and ive been told ...
  A: J., Thank you for visiting this site and thank you for communicating with me. This only proves ...
Buddhist Priest4/24/2006
  Q: I read in one of your posts that you corrected a writer when he wrote "Buddhist Priest". Well there ...
  A: (Please ignore the first response which was actually amended as below, but I don't know why the ...
Ten Question Interview4/22/2006
  Q: Justinchoo. I don't have a question but rather a comment. Last week, I asked you ten questions for ...
  A: and congratulations for the excellent results. I am very happy for you. Actually if you put the ...
Friendships4/14/2006
  Q: I do my best to be loving and accepting of others and to turn a blind eye to mistakes they often ...
  A: It's always very therapeutic when one shares one's problems with a willing ear. Half the problems ...
prayer and instructors4/13/2006
  Q: Greetings: 1. My name is Adele and I was a Catholic nun for a long time. Since I left, I have ...
  A: Welcome to the path of real freedom, inner peace and happiness. Before commenting on your questions ...
Questions about Buddhism4/12/2006
  Q: I am very curious about Buddhism and if you please, would like to pose several questions. These ...
  A: I take your assurance in good faith. Where were you born? I was born in a small island called ...
Troubled and seeking peace from myself and others4/12/2006
  Q: I never really paid much attention to Buddhist teachings in RE class back in High School, i was too ...
  A: First, don't panic. I've read your second posting, and will respond in that posting. Here I shall ...
2 doubts4/9/2006
  Q: 1. Is it okay for Buddhists to dream and have fantasies? 2. Who is more supreme? Buddha or the ...
  A: 1. Is it okay for Buddhists to dream and have fantasies? Do you have a choice? It is very ...
teachings of buddha4/3/2006
  Q: I am interested in becoming a Buddhist to free my mind of stress. Could you give me details on what ...
  A: Buddhism is the name given to the teachings of the historical Buddha, whose name was Gotama. What ...
Buddhism3/31/2006
  Q: I have just become a Theravada Buddhist, holding my own little ceremony at home. Now that i am ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and happiness. Hope you have a smooth and pleasent journey of a ...
How to reduce suffering?3/27/2006
  Q: How does one let go to reduce his/her suffering as a layperson other than meditation?
  A: There is no guarantee that meditation can help one to let go and reduce suffering. The most ...
Curious3/25/2006
  Q: How is it to become a real Buddhist? As people said even if you pray to Buddha's altar and respect ...
  A: The Buddha discovered the way to peace and happiness through realizing the true nature of life and ...
Now that I'm a Buddhist3/25/2006
  Q: Justin...we have corresponded before. I have recently left the official Christian faith and have ...
  A: Welcome to the path of inner peace and truth. May your journey be a fruitful and happy one. The ...
Depression3/24/2006
  Q: What is the buddhist veiw on anti-depressent medications? I am a new buddhist and I take prozac for ...
  A: The 5th precept states that we should refrain from taking intoxicating substances. We must ...
dharmas---nyaya3/23/2006
  Q: I have several questions. 1. What exactly is the idea called dharma held by adhidharma. 2. Is a ...
  A: 1. What exactly is the idea called dharma held by adhidharma. Dharma (Sanskrit) or Dhamma (Pali) ...
Buddhism / Hell3/23/2006
  Q: In Dhammapada 10:140, it says that the unwise can fall into Hell. What is the outline on Buddhist ...
  A: The Buddha revealed that in the vast universe, there were numerous spheres where beings existed. In ...
A question3/21/2006
  Q: I am working on a research paper for one of my college classes. In the catholic religion the have ...
  A: There is always something new for me to learn. I never knew that there was such a term in the ...
Buddhists and death3/20/2006
  Q: I have just begun studing Buddhism and am unclear on the practical aspects for how Buddhists treat ...
  A: The pristine teachings of the Buddha is about realizing the true nature of existence and how to live ...
Motivation3/18/2006
  Q: I'm not buddhist but I've got really interested in buddhism and really like the teaching. My ...
  A: Welcome back. The Buddha never advocated anyone to be a loser. His message was that one should not ...
i want to understand can you help me ?3/17/2006
  Q: .. im dean and im 14 yers old and i have been learning about your religion and i would like to ...
  A: Welcome to this site of inner peace and happiness. Stupid people will not visit this site. You ...
Theravada Monks3/14/2006
  Q: What roles do the monks play in the activities at the temple?(DAY-TO-DAY)Do they offer any guidance ...
  A: Monks are those who have given up the household lives, or worldly lives. They have strict rules to ...
I did not realize there are...3/5/2006
  Q: I did not realize there are so many forms of Buddhism. It seems like there are so many different ...
  A: Welcome back. You must understand that learning kung fu or wushu while practising Buddhism is just ...
Buddha3/5/2006
  Q: who is God to buddhist?and how can i be a 100% buddhist? and at last what r the conditions that i ...
  A: Buddhists do not subscribe to the idea that there is an all-powerful creator God. You can be 100% ...
how do i pray to thr Budda3/3/2006
  Q: Also i am a lay Buddhist
  A: Welcome to the journey of inner peace and truth; and thank you for asking me. I would be interested ...
Tien Tao3/1/2006
  Q: I go to a meeting of Tien Tao, a Chinese religion that says you can cultivate the Tao by following ...
  A: In Chinese "Tien Tao" means literally "Sky Way". The proper translation will be "The Way Of ...
School Project2/28/2006
  Q: As a project for school we have to ask three questions to someone who is an expert in the area of ...
  A: Looks like I have been kept busy discussing assignments with a group of students, like your ...
Ethics and Information2/28/2006
  Q: my name is Jacob. I am a senior at Ware County High in Ware co, Ga. I am taking a philosophy class ...
  A: Looks like I have been kept busy discussing assignments with a group of students, like your ...
Buddhism2/28/2006
  Q: I actually have three questions. 1) I have heard that there are many types of Buddhism. What are ...
  A: Looks like I have been kept busy discussing assignments with a group of students, like your ...
Research for my VHS course2/27/2006
  Q: I appologize ahead of time for the odd email. Anyway, I am interested in buddhism and my current VHS ...
  A: Your qn:What are the primary differences between the two main forms of Buddhism? Answer: Theravada ...
General Questions2/27/2006
  Q: I have some questions regarding buddhism that I hoped you would be able to answer. My first ...
  A: Your qn:My first question is how do Buddhists handle "sins" per say? Catholisism has confessions, I ...
3 Basic Questions2/27/2006
  Q: my name is Bianca and I am currently enrolled in an online class, which deals with the differing ...
  A: Looks like a group of you have been asking about similar questions. But never mind, I shall answer ...
Buddhism and life2/27/2006
  Q: I was asked to do some research on Buddhism by my Eastern Western Thought class. I was wondering if ...
  A: Your qn:When did you become Buddhist? Did you learn about the philosophy later in life, or were you ...
Buddhism in the modern world2/26/2006
  Q: I have a few questions about Buddhism and its place in modern society. Does Buddhism seem to have ...
  A: As people become more educated and more informed, and as the world becomes more accessible, they ...
Buddhism2/25/2006
  Q: First, approximately how many different traditions are there concerning Buddhism? Do all of these ...
  A: A little historical background of Buddhism will explain this. During the Buddha's time, his ...
Buddhism2/24/2006
  Q: I just had a few questions about Buddhism. 1. What do you consider the most important ...
  A: Your qn:1. What do you consider the most important aspect/belief/concept in Buddhism (which one is ...
Three Questions on Buddhism2/24/2006
  Q: Do you think that Buddhism can enhance or expand an individual's perception of the world? Do you ...
  A: Your qn: Do you think that Buddhism can enhance or expand an individual's perception of the world? ...
Three Questions on Buddhism2/24/2006
  Q: Do you think that Buddhism can enhance or expand an individual's perception of the world? Do you ...
  A: Your qn: Do you think that Buddhism can enhance or expand an individual's perception of the world? ...
Questions for Assignment. Please respond A.S.A.P2/23/2006
  Q: My name is Tiffany Thomas and I am part of an Eastern and Western Philosophy class on www.govhs.com. ...
  A: Your qn: 1. Do you think one can successfully incorporate an Eastern religion/philosophy, such as ...
General information2/23/2006
  Q: THERE ARE ACTUALLY A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS: -What do you think are the most important aspects people ...
  A: The most important aspect of Buddhism is the FREEDOM to decide. The Buddha specifically reminded ...
Bubbhism as an education2/22/2006
  Q: I heard that Master Chin Kung consider Buddhim to be an education. I plan to study Buddhism. Do ...
  A: Buddhism is for life. First, you can say it is education. The first step is to gain knowledge of ...
is there no value in "Love"2/22/2006
  Q: let me thank you beforehand you read my question. Four years ago, I fell in love with a boy who is ...
  A: It would be easier for me to comment if you reveal your locality and race/nationality. You see, ...
becoming a buddist2/20/2006
  Q: I am interested in becoming a buddist, however as a soldier in the US ARMY some of the things that ...
  A: No one is disqualified from becoming a Buddhist just because of his profession. The Buddha taught ...
Buddha, Instruments, and Health2/16/2006
  Q: Before I accept buddhism I have a few questions. I briefly read some of the tipikata and Buddha says ...
  A: First I would like to remind you that no one is forcing you to accept Buddhism. The Tipitaka is a ...
Describe budhism's theological foundations and spiritual pratices2/13/2006
  Q: How do contemporary buddhist practices the foundations of the religion?
  A: Welcome again. Sorry I don't quite understand your question, but I shall try my best to answer. I ...
Buddhism2/13/2006
  Q: How did the childhood experiences of siddhartha guatama lead to his questioning of the practices of ...
  A: Actually it was his adulthood experiences that set him thinking about the problems of life. We have ...
My life2/10/2006
  Q: Am I allowed to leave my country to find clear way of my life, because I am too lazy to fight my ...
  A: You have not provided sufficient info in your question. What are you fighting for or fighting ...
Cosmetic surgery2/10/2006
  Q: I want to know what does Buddhism say about Cosmetic Surgery. Thanks
  A: The Buddha encouraged his followers to analyze his teachings before accepting them. He advised them ...
Buddhist2/4/2006
  Q: my question involves a conflict that I have. I am nineteen yr old Christian yet, for several years I ...
  A: It is heartening to know that you will further your learning of Buddhism. Please take time to ...
Marriage2/2/2006
  Q: What is the buddhist perspective on upholding the institution of marriage? Should a married couple ...
  A: I too always argue with my wife, and many times over very petty matters. I am very lucky to have a ...
the pratice of Buddhism1/22/2006
  Q: my name is Kristin. I am a student trying to find some information on a paper/presentation I have ...
  A: Your subject "the pratice of Buddhism and how it's expressed in the United States" is not very ...
awakened state1/20/2006
  Q: Justin, Have you attained moksha/awakening? I've had a very meaningful dialogue with a Zen teacher ...
  A: I am sorry to disappoint you as what I am going to say “would be of little benefit to you” because ...
Hello, how are you! How...1/19/2006
  Q: how are you! How do you think is it possible to develop the sixth sense, or maybe some people ...
  A: Welcome back. We all have experience(s) of some uncanny "abilities" of some sort during instances ...
theravada vinaya1/17/2006
  Q: Hey I want to ask not about living as a lay Buddhist (which I am for now) but how to become a ...
  A: It requires great discipline and effort to be a monk. In the Theravada tradition monks are required ...
fights1/14/2006
  Q: i am a 14 year old lay buddhist and i go to a highschool and im wondering is it ok to fight a kid if ...
  A: At your age you are certainly not Mike Tyson. It is easy to get into fights, especially if you are ...
Moving to a buddhist monastery1/14/2006
  Q: My name is Daniel Linkov. I live in Bulgaria (Sofia). I'd like to know what possibilities (places to ...
  A: Nice to hear from Bulgaria. I don't think you have a lot of Buddhists over there. Welcome to the ...
I'm 16, from sweden and attend...1/10/2006
  Q: I'm 16, from sweden and attend gymnasium at the first year. I'll just get straight to the point. I ...
  A: The problem with this world is that people are behaving wrongly, due to their ignorance of the true ...
hi im hannah i have read 2...1/6/2006
  Q: also i would like to know how in buddhism you are supposed to live every moment with great intensity ...
  A: You can ask as many questions and as many times as you like. I am here specifically for this ...
state of mind and happiness1/6/2006
  Q: i am concentrating on meditating and focusing on speaking, thinking and acting kindly. I can work on ...
  A: First we have to accept the fact that we learning to be good. We are not perfect and very unlikely ...
Buddhism1/4/2006
  Q: Question 1 Buddhism teaches to never kill according to the first precept. But if a serial killer is ...
  A: Question 1 Buddhism teaches to never kill according to the first precept. But if a serial killer ...
Hi again! You know sometimes...1/1/2006
  Q: You know sometimes i try to meditate, sometimes for a half an hour, sometimes one hour. However, i ...
  A: Welcome back. We must always remember that when we meditate, we are actually undergoing a life-time ...
Nirvana12/27/2005
  Q: I am Very interested to learn more about buddhism, however I have been brought up as a christian and ...
  A: Welcome to the spiritual world of inner peace as propounded by the Buddha. First to answer your ...
lay buddhist and Buddha reborn?12/25/2005
  Q: Lay Buddhists are different from Bhikkhus by precepts. Buddhas have broken the cycle of becoming. I ...
  A: The Buddha gave his followers complete freedom to practise his teachings. He did not impose any ...
Hello justinchoo! Have...12/24/2005
  Q: Have you ever heard about "Omoto-kyo" religion? What is it? Does something like Omoto-Kyo still ...
  A: Welcome back, if you are the one and same Luke who had visited here before. I notice that you are ...
Balance12/13/2005
  Q: it has been a long time since I asked a quesion. I hope you are well and healthy. As you remember, ...
  A: I am very happy to hear from you again and to know that you are well. You are always in my mind and ...
just wondering12/12/2005
  Q: i really would like a chance to become a buddhist and just don't know what to do to get started for ...
  A: Very easy. First take your time to brouse through the following websites below to learn more about ...
The Death Penalty12/12/2005
  Q: Having mixed emotions concerning the death penalty, what is the Buddhist thoughts on this?
  A: The first of the 5 precepts which Buddhists follow is that of refraining from killing. It is very ...
Hello Many or most martial...11/28/2005
  Q: Many or most martial arts are in a way connected with Buddhism. Do you think that doing martial arts ...
  A: It is only the Shaolin school that is connected with Buddhism, simply because they are Buddhist ...
Fertility treatment11/27/2005
  Q: Is there a general Buddhist view on fertility treatment?
  A: My apologies for the dealyed reply due to website problem. The Buddha was only interested to show ...
A few more questions11/27/2005
  Q: You answered a few of my questions a few days ago, and they really helped me, thanks! Yet, my ...
  A: Welcome back. Apologies for the delayed reply due to website problem. 1)A brief historical ...
chants11/26/2005
  Q: please could you tellme if chants please could u send me some and do we hve a soul and wat really ...
  A: My apologies for the delayed reply due to website problem. First you have to know that there are ...
New Buddhist, old questions11/24/2005
  Q: I'm fifteen, and have a more than slightly curious mind. I'll try to make my questions as breif as ...
  A: At your age, you have read alot about Buddhism. Keep it up. I know it is very difficult to put ...
Where can I buy your book?11/20/2005
  Q: Let me know where and how and I'll purchase your book. Thank you, Rico
  A: My book is a compilation of extracts from many publications. It is arranged in an orderly manner ...
Simplicity11/20/2005
  Q: I am a simple fellah: I've tried Vipassana and I love the Dammapada. I'd like to basically live a ...
  A: I am assuming that you are the same Rico the "super evangelist". Welcome back. What you are doing ...
Which faith?11/19/2005
  Q: I came back to Christ exactly a year ago after twenty two years of being away from Christ. I had ...
  A: I am indeed very honoured to have a "super evangelist" telling me things that I like to hear. ...
Buddhist Diet11/14/2005
  Q: In one of the five precepts, it is said that Buddhists are supposed to abstain from destroying ...
  A: The first precept is traditionally translated as: " I undertake the precept of refraining from ...
-11/13/2005
  Q: how are you! Whenever i read something that is connected with Buddhism or meditation then i always ...
  A: I am very well, thank you. "I think therefore I am" The Buddha's analysis of a person is that this ...
What is a person?11/12/2005
  Q: I am doing a speech for a class in which I must persuade people as to what a person is. What are ...
  A: I don't understand what you mean by "persuading people as to what a person is". Maybe you mean to ...
Where to practise in becoming a monk11/8/2005
  Q: Over the last five years I have wanted to practise in becoming a monk but I am unsure of where to ...
  A: Welcome to the spiritual world of inner peace as propounded by the Buddha. I would suggest you ...
Putting Dharma into practice11/8/2005
  Q: I am currently working through some very strong feelings as I care for a close family member who has ...
  A: Even if you can make it "last just a little bit longer", you still will be back to square one; isn't ...
moral tool11/6/2005
  Q: How is teh religion used to solve a problem. How is it utilized by leaders/group?
  A: Buddhism is about the teachings of the Buddha. What did the Buddha teach? He taught us to use our ...
School Paper10/30/2005
  Q: My questions are less about the technical aspects of Buddhism and more about your personal beliefs ...
  A: This is a follow-up of my earlier answers. I've noticed that I had inadvertently left out your ...
-10/29/2005
  Q: This is a passage from the Catholic Bible: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and ...
  A: I wonder whether your bible gives you the right to kill all animals? The Buddhists, view all living ...
Ahimsa10/22/2005
  Q: I am writing a critical response paper to Easterbrook and his idea that science could one day end ...
  A: People throughout history had fantastic ideas. They may be very clever altering this and that. But ...
Funeral & Death10/11/2005
  Q: A topic abt death and preparation for the funeral cropped up during the death of one relative ...
  A: First, please remember the historical development and spread of Buddhism, which I wrote earlier. It ...
Three Questions10/9/2005
  Q: I have an assignment to interview an expert on Buddhism and I was hoping you could help me out. I ...
  A: 1) There are different "schools" or "traditions" of Buddhism. Examples are Tibetan, Mahayana, and ...
Buddhist Schools10/8/2005
  Q: Are there Buddhist schools in regions heavily populated with Buddhists that are not monestaries but ...
  A: I don't know where you are writing from. In Buddhist countries such as Myanmar(Burma), Sri Lanka, ...
Modern views10/8/2005
  Q: Today's dynamic and industrial world convinces us that we are always in a hurry for somewhere and we ...
  A: There are 2 aspects in our lives. One is the worldly life that we are living. The other is the ...
practice and karma10/2/2005
  Q: My husband states that he has recently become a practicing Buddhist. In February of this year, he ...
  A: This is a very serious problem. I don't think I am qualified to give advices. But I could make ...
mala beads9/21/2005
  Q: may i ask about mala beads, what are they for ,how should they be worn/used. do you know of a site ...
  A: Mala beads are aids for people to gain concentration. My opinion is that its effectiveness is very ...
God9/14/2005
  Q: I am a Catholic but I am also very interested in Buddhism and have read alot of books, especially by ...
  A: It is always a mental trauma for a person who has been brought up in a western Christain society ...
I like what buddhism teaches...9/13/2005
  Q: I like what buddhism teaches but I want to keep my other religion....can i be buddhist and still be ...
  A: You can't have both cakes and eat them all! The funamental concepts of the 2 religions are ...
becoming9/13/2005
  Q: and have accepted the dhamma and sangha and buddha 3 times plus the eightfold path and five precepts ...
  A: You are certainly a very matured person for your age! What you are doing is more than enough. ...
Frustration!!9/10/2005
  Q: I hope you are well. I find myself frustrated this week. You see, I work long shifts as a paramedic ...
  A: I'm fine except the irritating coughs which started today. That makes me very tired. That's the ...
interfaith relationship9/9/2005
  Q: Justinchoo, I consider myself Buddhist and try my best to follow Buddhist teachings, however there ...
  A: My wife's elder sister is a devout Buddhist. Her husband is a Catholic. They married quite late in ...
people practice Buddhism but still do harmful things to others9/3/2005
  Q: Mr. Justin Choo, Why two person who affect my life were Buddhist? I work for an international ...
  A: First, I will assume that what you wrote is the truth. I have no reason to doubt your words. We ...
Learning Lessons Slowly8/30/2005
  Q: I want to share two recent experiences with you that relate to my growth as a buddhist. Recently I ...
  A: especially when I'm having a dry run this period with no one asking me. You are constantly on my ...
buddhism and struggle8/21/2005
  Q: I have recently become very interested in Buddhism and have come upon a wall. Buddhism teaches that ...
  A: Since you are just beginning to study the teachings of the Buddha, you will find most concepts very ...
the five precepts8/11/2005
  Q: the first precept talks of abstaining from destroying living animals does this include eating meat
  A: The first precept is traditionally translated as: " I undertake the precept of refraining from ...
Buddhism8/2/2005
  Q: Could I please ask whether an existing belief that god is in me is incompatible with the practice of ...
  A: I congratulate you on your road to recovery. If one is from a society where the concept of god is ...
Buddhist Marriages8/1/2005
  Q: I've two questions regarding buddhist marriages and one about children for the modern day person. ...
  A: The teachings of the Buddha are about seeking understanding of life, in order to live in peace and ...
Stress7/26/2005
  Q: This time I have something different on my mind besides a question. I was involved in a bit of an ...
  A: The solution is not to find some magic quotations from the Buddha's sayings. The right approach is ...
swearing7/25/2005
  Q: I was just wondering if swearing goes against 'right speech'? I'm asking this question because i ...
  A: The beauty of the Buddha's teachings is that we can always use our common sense and human ...
natural mind7/22/2005
  Q: I hope you are happy and healthy. I have another question for you: I have read a lot about ...
  A: Nice to hear from you again. You are talking about the subject of meditation; Buddhist meditation ...
Beginner7/8/2005
  Q: I would like to find more about buddhism. I am 42 years old. Recovering from a nervous breakdown. I ...
  A: Right now, if I were you, I would keep myself busy with the things I like to do and enjoy doing ...
The "precious" self7/6/2005
  Q: Im back again to ask another question. I have read a lot about how it is the concept of "precious ...
  A: my friend, Thank you for dropping by. I am very well, thank you. The Buddha's concept of "no ...
Becoming a Buddhist Priest7/6/2005
  Q: I would like to know how to become a Buddhist then eventually I want to become a Buddhist Priest. Do ...
  A: May I assume that you are very new to Buddhism because of the term "Buddhist priest" used by you. ...
Funny Story6/17/2005
  Q: I do not really have a question for you this time around (sorry), but I wanted to share a quick ...
  A: Nice of you to come back and share experiences. The more we share the more we learn. Your ...
becoming a buddhist6/16/2005
  Q: I have repeated the refuge prayer ,in my own home, before an image of the Buddha. What should I do ...
  A: Buddhists traditionally recite homage to the Buddha and followed by taking the 5 precepts. If you ...
Relationships6/15/2005
  Q: I hope you are happy and healthy, I am back for another question. I have noticed that many people ...
  A: It was a looong wait to hit Bull's Eye! You have hit a 10! This is your 10th visit. ...
Buddhism tratition6/5/2005
  Q: I'm not a Buddhist, but I need some information. Does Buddhism have an equivalent to Christianity's ...
  A: Before answering your question, a little bit of what Buddhism is, will clarify your question. The ...
buddhism5/20/2005
  Q: Please I need help with my school project. How did buddhism influence Ancient Japan? So any help ...
  A: Don't worry, help is here for thee! And thank you for asking me! In my PERSONAL OPINION, with the ...
vegitrianaism5/18/2005
  Q: I have been told that it does not matter if you eat meat or not. I personally do not. The reason ...
  A: I shall come straight to the point. It is OK to eat meat. It is not wholesome to kill life ...
Buddha Statue5/16/2005
  Q: In school I am doing a report on Buddha and Buddhism. I am trying to figure out information about ...
  A: Buddhists do not "worship" idols. Buddhists follow the teachings of the Buddha. His teachings were ...
Buddhism and Abortion5/14/2005
  Q: Do you know of any anti-abortion organizations that are Buddhist? The Christians have tons of them ...
  A: Buddhist organizations are strictly for the study, practice, and propagation of the teachings of the ...
becoming a buddhist5/11/2005
  Q: I consider myself a humanist, respecting all aspects of religions. I am coming accross with Kwain ...
  A: Let me first clarify your comment. Kwan Yin is a very popular deity in Mahayana Buddhism. The ...
Getting rid of Hurt5/11/2005
  Q: Recently a friend of mine did some things that hurt me very much. I won't go into details but lets ...
  A: Yes, you are back again...9th time! Remember I told you about the straight jacket simile? The more ...
blind and deaf people5/8/2005
  Q: I was at a budhist lecture one night and my mind drifted for some reason to the blind and the deaf ...
  A: This is an update. If you have not been following the "theravada-my group" I have got info that a ...
A comment on TIME5/6/2005
  Q: I'm writing to you only to refer to a question asked from and answered by you. It's the one with the ...
  A: Welcome to this site. It is indeed very refreshing to have visitors like you. The Buddha's ...
Nuisan Neighbour5/6/2005
  Q: I have been a patient person for many years. I recently moved into a new apartment where my ...
  A: In the Mangala Sutta, the Buddha noted that to have a suitable place to live is one of the highest ...
Buddhism and the old5/5/2005
  Q: I don't known if it's possible to throw some light into this matter. I would like to know, briefly ...
  A: The Buddha reminded us that there were gods (Brahmas) in our homes. We are supposed to pay great ...
How to become a monk5/5/2005
  Q: I am very interested in becoming tibetan monk in Australia. I do not no what the process is to ...
  A: The very fact that you do not know how to become a monk means that you are not ready yet. Becoming ...
karma question5/4/2005
  Q: i hope that this is an okay question and i thank you for your thoughts in advance :) i have studied ...
  A: There is nothing embarrasing about your question. It is a good question. We have actually been ...
silly question5/1/2005
  Q: Simple (dumb) question : is it true that Buddha had supernatural powers, like Superman :)
  A: I like you, but unfortunately you are using up the balance of my available number of questions. You ...
Buddhism and Christianity4/30/2005
  Q: Is it possible to be both a Buddhist and a Christian / Catholic? I am interested in practicing ...
  A: Changing one's religion is a very serious matter because it may most probably affect people close to ...
Practicing with a new Sangha4/28/2005
  Q: I have sort of an odd question for you this time around. I have been practicing regularily at a ...
  A: It's wonderful hearing from you again for the 8th time. In fact I was thinking of you only ...
help me wake up4/28/2005
  Q: "Now your comment: "since enlightenement is like waking up from a dream (or so i hear), could ...
  A: Welcome for the 4th. time. Mr Tudor, my dear friend, have you ever wonder why a puppy goes round ...
Child rearing4/27/2005
  Q: How do Buddhists raise children? Are adults easy on discipline, or do they begin discipline at an ...
  A: First I would like to assure you that a "Buddhist" is just as mortal as you are. The only ...
a question4/27/2005
  Q: You were right, i am still confused. What Buddha said is most plausible ( i cannot say that it is ...
  A: Before plunging into troubled waters trying to make you more confused, please allow me to comment on ...
time4/24/2005
  Q: What you told me is true. I just want to know how does buddhist philosophy explain the sensation of ...
  A: There is a slight confusion here. I must have accidentally clicked the wrong button, a few moments ...
time4/23/2005
  Q: Please tell me why is there no accurate explanation for time in buddhist philosophy ? The world is ...
  A: By the way, I am also a simple man, just like you. I shall try to give a simple answer. In fact if ...
Buddhism4/20/2005
  Q: Well, i just want to ask 10 questions because i feel these 10 would help me understand buddhism ...
  A: Your question#1. How does your religion affect your daily life? The Buddha's teachings are very ...
Theravada Vietnamese4/19/2005
  Q: How does the communities' commitment and practice of your religion differ in America than it would ...
  A: First of all I must say you have asked some difficult questions. Nevertheless, I shall try my best ...
What types of meditation are...4/19/2005
  Q: What types of meditation are there and why do they have so many types of meditation?
  A: There is actually only one purpose in Buddhist meditation, and that is training the mind to be ...
how4/6/2005
  Q: How to get solution for any problem according to buddisium?
  A: When a child has a toothache, he cries. He doesn't know why he is having a toothache. The only way ...
Bhuddism4/4/2005
  Q: What is bhuddism?
  A: Buddhism is the name given to the teachings of the Buddha. What did he teach? He taught us to use ...
buddhism4/1/2005
  Q: The little I know about Buddhism sounds appealing. Can you recommend a couple of books that will ...
  A: Welcome to the path of freedom and peace. Freedom from dogmas and commandments. Peace within ...
Is the mind everything?4/1/2005
  Q: another day another question from me. I hope all is well with you and here goes: I have heard the ...
  A: Congratulations! You have finally realized the truth. Our lives are surrounded by dangers and ...
What would buddha do?3/30/2005
  Q: I'm back now for a 5th time I think. As I mentioned before I work as a paramedic, and encountered a ...
  A: I am very happy that you are back, not the 5th., but the 6th time! Your job must be a very ...
Buddhist Schools3/25/2005
  Q: What is the difference between Theravada, Mahayana and Zen Buddhism. How does each sect view the ...
  A: All the three "schools" have a common source. All three acknowledge the fundamental teachings of ...
Your thoughts on Buddhism....3/23/2005
  Q: my name is Alejandra and I am doing a research paper on Buddhism and it's followers. I was hoping ...
  A: ~When were you first introduced to the religion? I am from a Chinese family, and traditionally we ...
Being aware of negativity3/22/2005
  Q: This is my 4th time back now, and I must say I find your advice and answers quite helpful. I have ...
  A: Nice to hear from you again! You have always been in my mind lately. I'm very happy that you found ...
Desire in everyday life3/16/2005
  Q: This is now my 4th time back to ask your advice. I have read a lot about desire and the taming of ...
  A: Nice to hear from you again. Quite a lot of people misinterprete the concept of "desire" in ...
Tibetan Lunar calendar3/16/2005
  Q: Is Buddhism connected with Tibetan Lunar (zodiac) calendar?
  A: I am not familiar with the Tibetan lunar (zodiac) calendar, assuming there is one. However, I can ...
Need Help Cooling the Flames3/13/2005
  Q: This is my 3rd question to you, and thus far I must say your answers have been excellent. I have ...
  A: Welcome for the third time. It gives me great satisfaction knowing that my effort and contribution ...
Problems Meditating3/12/2005
  Q: Recently my facial muscles have developed the habit of clenching very tightly involuntarily when I ...
  A: Different people may encounter differing experiences during meditation. The common advice given by ...
question3/11/2005
  Q: While reading i've come across such a passage: "Blend with (ki-musubi) the Universe of Heaven and ...
  A: Frankly, I have not the slightest idea what the above passage is all about! Perhaps you may let me ...
Beginner3/11/2005
  Q: I have always been interested in the traditions and ways of the Far East (especially the delicious ...
  A: Welcome to the path of truth and peace. This is the beauty of Buddhism. We welcome people who ...
the eternal3/9/2005
  Q: The Buddha proclaimed the self to be empty. Also, though He neverly expressly denied it, the ...
  A: The Buddha's axiom is in this statement: "Not the same, and yet not different" It is just like the ...
Buddhist Question.3/8/2005
  Q: As I'm guessing you know... Buddhism does not seem to classify as a world religion. A religion is ...
  A: Your guess is absolute spot on. What is the purpose of a religion? If the purpose of a religion is ...
Focus in meditation3/8/2005
  Q: What techniques are there to help stop your mind from straying in meditation?
  A: An untrained mind is an untamed mind. It wanders forever. Tne mission of a meditator is to ...
The aspects of different planes of existence3/3/2005
  Q: Justin Choo, I understand that in Buddhism, there are different planes of existence. How could that ...
  A: Your questions show that you are well informed of the Buddha's teachings. You have also asked very ...
deities3/1/2005
  Q: ..I was wondering if you could tell me whether there is an ultimate deity in Buddhism? (Christinaity ...
  A: Most of us are brought up to believe that a religion must always have a supreme being as an overseer ...
Buddhism and its entities3/1/2005
  Q: In the Buddhist religion what is the most important rule or moral you must follow? Do you find it ...
  A: In a nutshell, Buddhism is traditionally explained in 3 lines: Not to commit evil, To do good, ...
Basic beliefs of the practicing Buddhist.2/28/2005
  Q: I have read enough to know that I have an appreciation and respect for the peaceful mindfulness of ...
  A: It is very comforting to know that you have embarked on the spiritual journey of universal truth. ...
buddhism2/27/2005
  Q: my name is Graham, and as an assignment for our philosphy class, we have been told to ask three ...
  A: 1. How has practicing Buddhism affected your pursuit of wordly objects ie television, clothes etc. ...
General Questions about Buddhism2/26/2005
  Q: First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to inform others about your religion. I ...
  A: What do you believe is the most defining aspect of your religion that makes it different from all ...
Buddhism2/20/2005
  Q: I have several questions for you about Buddhism for my philosophy class. My first question is ...
  A: Vegetarianism and killing. Killing means the taking of life. Vegetarianism is to refrain from ...
karma in daily life2/17/2005
  Q: I work in a big city as a paramedic. Compassion and understanding is a big part of working on the ...
  A: The law of kamma is one of the 5 cosmic laws that govern our lives. They are: 1. The physical or ...
Compassion for others2/15/2005
  Q: I live in a big city and am faced everyday with the dilemma of having to be compassionate when ...
  A: Compassion is a very tall order. How far can we go, depends on our spiritual qualities and external ...
The Date of Vesak (Wesak)2/12/2005
  Q: I have found several definitions for what seems to be the most important Buddhist holiday of the ...
  A: You are right. Wesak is celebrated on the full moon day of May. This year it falls on 22nd May. ...
enlightenment1/29/2005
  Q: Very often, in Buddhism, we read and hear about enlightenment,but, actually, what is it ...
  A: The Buddha is regarded as a Fully Enlightened person. The Pali term is Samma-sambodhi. The root ...
reproduction1/28/2005
  Q: If life is suffering, what do Buddhists think about having kids?
  A: If Aids are caused by sexual contacts, what do you think about having sex? Not having kids is not ...
a fisherman catch fishes all...1/25/2005
  Q: a fisherman catch fishes all his life. is it a bad karma to catch fish for a living?
  A: There are certain occupations that are considered unwholesome. They are those dealing in flesh, ...
The nature of Sin1/20/2005
  Q: I am currently working on a personal project about the nature of Sin. I am the artist and co-author ...
  A: "Sin" is a totally Christian concept. In Budhhism there is no such thing as "sin". In Buddhism we ...
Euthanasia, Stem-Cells and Life1/18/2005
  Q: I'm currently taking part in a project investigating assorted belifs on euthanasia, stem-cell ...
  A: I must apologize for the delayed response as I am still having the virus problem in my PC. I must ...
Buddhism1/4/2005
  Q: what are the Basic Beleif of Buddhism ? Buddha is the GOD or messenger of GOD ? also How many ...
  A: Buddhism is a very much misunderstood religion, not only in the west but also in tne east. I shall ...
During this period of sad...1/3/2005
  Q: During this period of sad mourning for the millions of victims caused by the devastating tsunami ...
  A: The Buddha revealed that there were 5 Cosmic Orders or Laws that influenced and governed this world. ...
Monasteries +solitary retreats12/17/2004
  Q: I'm working on an article for the Buddhist publication Buddhadharma on doing solitary retreats, do ...
  A: No, I don't have any professional qualification to answer historical questions about Buddhism. ...
Buddhism and the soul12/13/2004
  Q: Is there a difference between Theravada and Mahayana beliefs with respect to the existence of the ...
  A: As far as I know there is no difference between the 2 traditions in the concept of "no soul". ...
Learning about Buddhism12/6/2004
  Q: I have been given some books from a buddhist on Buddhism and it is one of the first things that make ...
  A: It gives me great happiness to welcome you to the path of Truth and Peace. This was the mission of ...
repentance in buddha12/5/2004
  Q: I want to know if there is any kind of repentance in buddha. and if it is, how and where it would be ...
  A: I think what you mean is whether there is such a practice like the Christian act of confession, and ...
nature of forgiveness12/3/2004
  Q: does buddhism advocate the forgiving of people who have wronged. If it does would you say that to ...
  A: Our general understanding of forgiveness is that we think the other party has done us some wrong in ...
anatman11/19/2004
  Q: since buddhist suttana makes no mention of a 'no-soul doctrine', NOR does the context of ...
  A: Your last 3 sutta quotations all confirmed the Buddha's exposition of the concept of anatta. That ...
lunar calendar11/4/2004
  Q: I am trying to figure out when the beginning of a lunar year is. For example, a holiday may fall on ...
  A: Actually, your questions are more related to lunar year rather than Buddhism. Nevertheless, I shall ...
meditation11/2/2004
  Q: I would like to know, how often do you meditate each day? and Do you ultimately feels the presence ...
  A: Buddhist meditation is "mental cultivation". The initial exercise is to train to calm this mind ...
first question10/31/2004
  Q: Sir If one accepts that there are unimportant questions, questions that divert the mind from ...
  A: There was this person by the name of Malunkyaputta who insisted that unless the Buddha answered all ...
Can you be reincarnated into...10/29/2004
  Q: Can you be reincarnated into an animal or a bug?
  A: The Buddhist concept is called "rebirth". "Reincarnation" assumes a sort of a permanent entity that ...
buddah statue10/29/2004
  Q: who/what is the buddah statue resembled after?
  A: You have unwittingly correctly phrased the question, by adding the "what". The image of the Buddha ...
holidays10/29/2004
  Q: What are some of the major Buddhist holidays? Also is it true you are alowed to celibrate any ...
  A: By holidays, I presume you mean holy days. The most important holy day is the Wesak Day. It falls on ...
Do you worship every day?...10/29/2004
  Q: Do you worship every day? If so, where and how long do you worship each day and how do you decide ...
  A: Buddhists practise the teachings of the Buddha. The Buddha was not a god. He was a very special ...
reincarnation10/29/2004
  Q: If you are reincarnated into a cow or other animal, how is it possible to reach nirvana from that ...
  A: The Buddhist concept is called "rebirth". "Reincarnation" assumes a sort of a permanent entity that ...
re-incarnation10/28/2004
  Q: Have you been re-incarnated before this life, if so did you enter another world before you were born ...
  A: I wonder whether you realize that I am just an ordinary mortal like most people. As an ordinary ...
you10/28/2004
  Q: when you meditate do you see things that will happen in the future? Thanks
  A: (I wonder whether you are the same person asking different questions through different names. Please ...
Monks10/28/2004
  Q: Are there any foods that you are not able to eat?
  A: (I wonder whether you are the same person asking different questions through different names. ...
ur religion10/28/2004
  Q: How do you remember your name? Also, do you have to meditate every day? are you alowed to be ...
  A: (I wonder whether you are the same person asking different questions through different names. ...
Meditation10/28/2004
  Q: Do you have to meditate at a certain time of day?
  A: (I wonder whether you are the same person asking different questions through different names. ...
General Buddhist Questions from a History Class10/28/2004
  Q: my name is Jake Hollin and I teach an honors world history 9th grade class in Maryland. My students ...
  A: Feel free to ask as many questions as you like. I am here specifically to answer questions; and I ...
Extraterrestrials10/25/2004
  Q: How do Buddhists view extraterrestrials? The possibility of life elsewhere in the universe? Thank ...
  A: The Budhha's explanation of the universe was what the present scientists found out to be. He ...
Buddhism Fast10/19/2004
  Q: Please I want to know every thing about Buddhism Fast all I know that we drink only water is that ...
  A: Buddhism is a very free religion. We have complete freedom to practise the Buddha's teachings by ...
The Environment10/16/2004
  Q: My 13 yr old daughter is doing a project on Buddhism and one of the questions is, what ...
  A: The Buddha's teachings are very practical, moderate, and relevant for this day and age. His ...
fasting in budhism10/16/2004
  Q: could you please tell me if you have fasting in your religion or not? and inform me about age of ...
  A: Buddhism does not impoe fasting on people. This means I will not have to answer the rest of your ...
buddhism against catholicism10/15/2004
  Q: what does does your religeon say about catholics aspiring to be both catholic and buddhist?
  A: Actually, if someone is "aspiring" to be both Catholic and Buddhist, we will welcome him. By ...
religion10/13/2004
  Q: can you tell me about your altars and what they are used for?
  A: This is too general a question, and quite unusual too. Buddhism, being a very tolerant, adaptive, ...
karma and chanting10/11/2004
  Q: I'm beginning to learn more about Buddhism.I've met people who sought refuge from both Theravada and ...
  A: Actually,you have already answered your own question when you wrote "I found that they chanted with ...
Hi, I am taking an Eastern...10/1/2004
  Q: I am taking an Eastern and Western Thought class and I need to interview someone who studies or ...
  A: Your1. How are you able to practice your Buddhist beliefs? Meaning, do woship in a particular ...
Buddhist Thought10/1/2004
  Q: I am taking an Eastern and Western thought class and one of out assignments involves looking into ...
  A: Your1.) Do you feel that a Buddhist can be involved in such a materialistic culture as that of ...
A few questions9/30/2004
  Q: I'm sorry there are so many questions. In my philosophy class we are studying Buddhism and were ...
  A: You don't have to feel sorry asking me questions because I am here specifically for you to ask. The ...
help with understanding.9/29/2004
  Q: I need this for an asignment, and given your high ratings, I picked you to ask. Any help in filling ...
  A: and for asking me. Answers to questions 1,2,3,&4 are partly answered and the rest can be found in my ...
Buddhism9/28/2004
  Q: What is the Buddhist book? (like the bible in christianity)
  A: Sorry for the delayed reply due to problem in my pc. Thank you for asking me. We are used to ...
There is still light.......9/14/2004
  Q: What should a good Buddhist do in order to share his knowledge and wisdom with other. This is a ...
  A: This world was, is, and will be what it is. So take heart. Do not be too concerned about the ...
History Project/Buddhism9/13/2004
  Q: I can not figure out that return riddle for the answer to #5. Can you please give me the answer to ...
  A: 5.Where can you go to find the way and what is the way? The answer: I have eyes but not see I ...
But i thought their wasn't a.......9/12/2004
  Q: I've lookeda t buddhism alot recently and i understand that buddhists don't believe in God but i ran ...
  A: It is in the sharing that we can learn more. You wrote: (i understand that buddhists don't believe ...
Working in a Temple9/7/2004
  Q: I have this question wondering if you could help me. I'm very interested in Buddhism & is very ...
  A: There are different administrative systems in different temples around the world. From my knowledge ...
Robin Hood?9/4/2004
  Q: I am a bread/cake route driver. For years now I have given some of my returns to the employees at my ...
  A: If I may call you such. You know Kenny, there is a moral to this legend. Robbing the rich to feed ...
I am looking for a teacher where do I go?9/4/2004
  Q: I am new at being a buddhist and everything I read says I need a teacher, I feel personally I would ...
  A: You will always be very special in my heart because I am honoured to have you as my very first ...

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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

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

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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)

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

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