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  • Ultimately if what they do is so great, that helped many people, it will reduce the karma. It's better than doing nothing and await the bad karma. Just like the story u shared that someone is supposed to die early but his action of saving the ants extended his life. 

    Also I never share must be Buddhist to have spiritual cultivation. Please read properly leh.

    ........A really kind person will not be bound by Shu 数 or astrology or karma.
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    Not true. If the past life's karma is very heavy, it will still take effect even if really kind person do alot good deeds.

    See this example: http://fivearts.info/fivearts/index.php?topic=14503.msg166874#msg166874

    And not every bald person is a monk, not every person who practice spiritual cultivation is buddhist and not every person who practice religiously needs to do it in a temple (they can also practice at home, they address themselves "Ju Shi").

    Open your mind!

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  • Ultimately if what they do is so great, that helped many people, it will reduce the karma.

    ........ Please read properly leh.


    What I think is, it could be worse (hence karma is already reduced). There're plights worse than death.

    Oh maybe I should @ or To? Or maybe I should post another new message (but waste webspace)? ;D

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    That's why I said, first open your mind. Not everything/everyone in this world is clearly defined like black & white, most are grey areas.
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  • One need not be a buddhist (or even a monk) to do good deeds.
    By people sharing knowledge/info publicly, the info itself does not devalue to become "common internet data which lacks credibility and needs verifying". If everyone thinks in this way, nobody would want to share anymore in order to protect the value and integrity of their knowledge.

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  • I saw most of the posts about Buddhism in this forum.

    Some even have problem understanding the fundamental of Buddhism. Yet already have opinion about the right, the wrong, the better, etc. Like your next door neighbor who claimed he knows Bazi but still struggle to list out those stems and branches.

    It is helpful to test yourself with following question.

    Let's say for example, next week, there is dhamma session in Tushita Heaven.

    The names I frequent heard in this forum are:

    Gotama Buddha
    Guan Yin Bodhisattva
    Earth Store Bodhisattva
    Manjushri Bodhisattva or Arahant (depends on the school)
    Dalai Lama
    Lama Yeshe

    Let's say, all above great names with great wisdom are in the dhamma session in Tusita Heaven.

    Can you imagine the seating or standing position for all?

    Who sits in the main seat and who salute to whom? And why is so?

    Once you have idea on above question, then you are up on another level of understanding regarding to what is Buddhism about. You know when you have doubt about Buddhism, whom words you are going to consult, listen and making reflection and practice.

    I am not going to provide my idea for above question. It's up to you to investigate, to research and to find the possible answer.

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  • Every religion demands it is the real religion. If we believe in wikipedia there are more or less 4200 different religions on Earth.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religions_and_spiritual_traditions
    Almost all of them will insist they have the right god and if all gods meet, all the other gods will either bow to their god, or they won't exist at all.

    So lets say we have hundreds maybe thousands of different gods and we have billions of people believing fully that their god is the only one that is real, all the others are false and after they die whatever their religion tells them will happen.

    Here the question becomes... If at a time in our live we end up in that same position, shouldn't we think of the other 4199 possible real gods and their implications?

    The chance that we have stumbled upon the right religion by accident is very small, 1 out of 4199.
    If we believe in numbers we can take the most practiced religion with the hope most people have got it right, that would be Christianity followed by Islam, then no religion at all|.

    So lets keep a perspective here.Nothing wrong to get fully dedicated to some school of Buddhism, just nice to keep in mind when we get the idea that this is real - there is 1 to 4199 chance it is not...

     If we can't travel to the outter layers of Earth and its astrals all this is guessing and whatever is more emotionally charged around.
    Nothing wrong with studying it, just good to keep in mind there is always the chance the real god will be Mayans Hunab Ku and all the other 4199 will need to bow to it when they done their experience on Earth. : )

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