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Question:Nowadays, there are more and more diseases, fatal illness, wars, disasters, etc. that are constantly threatening people's lives, as well as increasingly arising tragedies of elderly parents mourning for their young children. Is there a solution in Buddhism for such problems?Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:In Buddhism, the real reason for people's unhealthiness, short life, sudden accidental or violent death is considered to be the karmic result of their behaviors involving all kinds of killings in the past lives, including homicide, abortion, animal farming, slaughtering, livestock and seafood sale, etc. As stated in chapter four of the Sutra of the Past Vows…

2017.12.11

Question:

Nowadays, there are more and more diseases, fatal illness, wars, disasters, etc. that are constantly threatening people's lives, as well as increasingly arising tragedies of elderly parents mourning for their young children. Is there a solution in Buddhism for such problems?

Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:

In Buddhism, the real reason for people's unhealthiness, short life, sudden accidental or violent death is considered to be the karmic result of their behaviors involving all kinds of killings in the past lives, including homicide, abortion, animal farming, slaughtering, livestock and seafood sale, etc. As stated in chapter four of the Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva, it says that "To those who kill, a karmic short life is destined."

The killing in terms of karma involves killing by oneself, participating in others' killing, instructing others to kill, and rejoicing at seeing the killing. If you instruct someone else to kill, not only yourself will be inflicted the bad karma, so will the one instructed, which is an even greater karmic crime. Rejoicing at seeing the killing, meaning that you feel delighted while watching someone to kill, will result in you committing almost the same karmic crime as the killer. So when we see others killing, we should never appreciate or rejoice at it.

When we watch war or action movies, we cannot help cheering seeing the good guys beat or kill the bad guys. Is this considered as "rejoicing at seeing the killing"? Yes, it is. Of course, it does not generate exactly the same karma as the actual killing, but mainly the karma of evil thoughts, for no one has been really killed in the movies. So we need to guard our mind cautiously when watching movies.

Likewise, your killing activities in the video games, although somewhat different from the actual killing, also generate serious bad karma out of the evil thoughts and plant negative seeds in your mind.

Therefore, if we want longevity without illness, or accidental or violent death, we need to do our best to avoid all killings. We should also repent sincerely to cleanse our previous karmas of killings. Moreover, we should diligently protect all lives and free them as we can, also safeguard people’s health and safety.

Meanwhile, we can pray to the buddhas for blessing, such as the Buddha of Golden, Precious Light, Wonderful Conduct and Accomplishments, one of the seven Medicine Buddhas, made the following vow on the karma of killing committed by sentient beings: “I vow that when I attain enlightenment in my future life, for the sentient beings having generated various karmas by killing other beings and ending other lives, consequently suffering in hell or living short lives with many illnesses if reborn as human, or being harmed by water, fire, knives or poison, are doomed to suffer from death; if they hear my name and chant it devotedly, all their bad karmas will be thus eliminated, and they will live long without illness and sudden accidental or violent death, and eventually attain enlightenment.”    

So, if we have generated various karmas by killing, we should diligently repent and mend the errors from now on. Furthermore, we should chant "Namo Buddha of Golden Precious Light,

Wonderful Conduct and Accomplishments" with the most sincerity. Through the blessing of the vow by the Buddha, we can cleanse our previous karmas by killing. Consequently we can achieve a life of no illness, longevity, no sudden accidental or violent death, and ultimately attain Buddhahood.

 

Is there a solution in Buddhism for problems like diseases, fatal illness, etc.

Is there a solution in Buddhism for problems like diseases, fatal illness, etc.

2017-12-10

Question:

Nowadays, there are more and more diseases, fatal illness, wars, disasters, etc. that are constantly threatening people's lives, as well as increasingly arising tragedies of elderly parents mourning for their young children. Is there a solution in Buddhism for such problems?

Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:

In Buddhism, the real reason for people's unhealthiness, short life, sudden accidental or violent death is considered to be the karmic result of their behaviors involving all kinds of killings in the past lives, including homicide, abortion, animal farming, slaughtering, livestock and seafood sale, etc. As stated in chapter four of the Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva, it says that "To those who kill, a karmic short life is destined."

The killing in terms of karma involves killing by oneself, participating in others' killing, instructing others to kill, and rejoicing at seeing the killing. If you instruct someone else to kill, not only yourself will be inflicted the bad karma, so will the one instructed, which is an even greater karmic crime. Rejoicing at seeing the killing, meaning that you feel delighted while watching someone to kill, will result in you committing almost the same karmic crime as the killer. So when we see others killing, we should never appreciate or rejoice at it.

When we watch war or action movies, we cannot help cheering seeing the good guys beat or kill the bad guys. Is this considered as "rejoicing at seeing the killing"? Yes, it is. Of course, it does not generate exactly the same karma as the actual killing, but mainly the karma of evil thoughts, for no one has been really killed in the movies. So we need to guard our mind cautiously when watching movies.

Likewise, your killing activities in the video games, although somewhat different from the actual killing, also generate serious bad karma out of the evil thoughts and plant negative seeds in your mind.

Therefore, if we want longevity without illness, or accidental or violent death, we need to do our best to avoid all killings. We should also repent sincerely to cleanse our previous karmas of killings. Moreover, we should diligently protect all lives and free them as we can, also safeguard people’s health and safety.

Meanwhile, we can pray to the buddhas for blessing, such as the Buddha of Golden, Precious Light, Wonderful Conduct and Accomplishments, one of the seven Medicine Buddhas, made the following vow on the karma of killing committed by sentient beings: “I vow that when I attain enlightenment in my future life, for the sentient beings having generated various karmas by killing other beings and ending other lives, consequently suffering in hell or living short lives with many illnesses if reborn as human, or being harmed by water, fire, knives or poison, are doomed to suffer from death; if they hear my name and chant it devotedly, all their bad karmas will be thus eliminated, and they will live long without illness and sudden accidental or violent death, and eventually attain enlightenment.”    

So, if we have generated various karmas by killing, we should diligently repent and mend the errors from now on. Furthermore, we should chant "Namo Buddha of Golden Precious Light,

Wonderful Conduct and Accomplishments" with the most sincerity. Through the blessing of the vow by the Buddha, we can cleanse our previous karmas by killing. Consequently we can achieve a life of no illness, longevity, no sudden accidental or violent death, and ultimately attain Buddhahood.