One of the most misunderstood concept in Buddhism is karma. When asked to explain karma, we usually sum it up as, good deeds beget good outcome and evil deeds brings horrible retributions. This is a logically, politically and religiously right summary, but karma is more complicated than that. Otherwise, why do some bad people get … Read more Is karma a bitch?
We hear this a lot, ‘let it go’ The key question is, what is the ‘it’ in the statement. Many people think that ‘it’ to be a situation, an object, an illness, an affair or a person. But I think those are secondary. The primary objective is to let go of our bad mental habits. … Read more Useful Buddhism : letting go
Flesh-eating ghost 食肉鬼 瞢娑婆叉 This type of ghost is attracted to raw meat or meat offerings. Same remark concerning offerings as the blood eating ghost. Fragrance-eating ghost 食香煙鬼 蘇揵陀 These ghosts are attracted to incense and sweet smelling stuff. May possess supernatural power and fool people into worshiping them, thus offering smoke and incense. The … Read more 36 types of hungry ghosts – Part 2 of 3
One of my 1st Buddhist lessons was about ghosts. (That was 30 years ago). In our modern curriculum, we tend to whitewash this topic because the modern people do not really believe them or take it seriously anymore. Plus not all audience are ready for it….. The reason why we were taught about hungry ghost … Read more 36 types of hungry ghosts – Part 1 of 3
Hungry Ghost festival is a Chinese folk belief and is held on the 7th lunar month of the Chinese almanac calendar. This year, it is on the 1st of August. The Chinese folk belief says that the gate to the nether world is opened during this month and the spirits of the deceased will cross … Read more Hungry Ghost Festival