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The Master Answers


Why do people have different opinions?

Why do people have different opinions?

Why is there pollution of the mind? Why is there biasness? Why is there misconception?

Shall we be blunt and direct in speaking?

Shall we be blunt and direct in speaking?

Shall we express our thought in a straightforward way? Does having a straightforward mind mean saying what is in our mind directly?

True Giving

True Giving

Someone asked Master Cheng Yen, “What is true giving?”

Do we go vegetarian to show that we love animals?

Do we go vegetarian to show that we love animals?

Adopting a vegetarian diet helps us purify our mind and preserve our compassion.

What does superstition based on personal judgment mean?

What does superstition based on personal judgment mean?

Superstitions are beliefs resulting from ignorance and they exist in our everyday life.

How to achieve mindfulness?

How to achieve mindfulness?

Mindfulness is knowing how to make use of time and be able to seize the moment.

How to avoid sinking into depression after witnessing so much of sadness in this world?

How to avoid sinking into depression after witnessing so much of sadness in this world?

I have a friend who is happy to help others, but that friend thinks that witnessing too much of sadness could lead one into depression.

To be a gem or a rough stone?

To be a gem or a rough stone?

Someone asked Master Cheng Yen, “How do we cultivate while serving others and not regress?”

Under what circumstances would people feel lost in life?

Under what circumstances would people feel lost in life?

A visitor asked, “Under what circumstances do people feel lost in life?”

Nothing is more important than being in the present

Nothing is more important than being in the present

Someone asked Master Cheng Yen, “Master, what is your plan for your life?”

Is there a shortcut to letting go?

Is there a shortcut to letting go?

Someone asked, “Is there a shortcut to letting go in life?”

What is the proper way to listen to Dharma teaching?

What is the proper way to listen to Dharma teaching?

A Tzu Chi staff asked, “Due to my busy schedule as a nurse, I often listen to the Master’s Dharma teaching in recording during my lunch hour, and before sleep, is this disrespectful?”

Does prayer do any good?

Does prayer do any good?

Someone asked, “Does prayer do any good?”

How to live a calm and relax life?

How to live a calm and relax life?

Someone asked, “In today’s society, people seem to be rushing through life, they are busy and anxious all the time. What can we do to live a calmer and more relaxed life?”

How to achieve happiness?

How to achieve happiness?

A visiting journalist from Europe asked, “What is happiness? How do people achieve happiness?”

How to distinguish if our behaviour is correct?

How to distinguish if our behaviour is correct?

Someone asked Master Cheng Yen, “How to distinguish if our behaviour is correct?”

How can we Protect our Minds?

How can we Protect our Minds?

"How can we truly appreciate the joy of giving and not sink into the abyss of affliction as a result of conflicts and disputes?"

Are we Clearing our Bad Karma or Creating More Negative Karma?

Are we Clearing our Bad Karma or Creating More Negative Karma?

Someone asked Dharma Master Cheng Yen, “When we follow karmic conditions, are we clearing our bad karma or creating more negative karma?”