Dharma Master Cheng Yen responds to questions and comments from visitors, volunteers, staff, and disciples.
What Constitutes an Auspicious Time
Question: “I failed to check for an auspicious time to marry my wife; does it matter?”
Answer: “When we are joyous at all times, then any time is auspicious.”
Dreaming of the Dead
Question: “I often dream of the dead. What should I do?”
Answer: “Birth is the beginning of death, and death is the beginning of birth. When you dream of death, it means that you are dreaming of birth. You will not have any worries if you can be understanding toward everything.”
Challenges Are Inevitable in Life
Question: “Why did I encounter so many misfortunes after becoming a Buddhist practitioner? Is this a test from Mara?”
Answer: “As we travel on our journey in life, we will inevitably encounter bumps on the road and challenges. When that happens, you should feel lucky that you encountered them after becoming a Buddhist because you now have a faith that can give you the courage and persistence to face adversities and overcome obstacles. As are the causes and conditions, so are the effects; all situations happen due to the laws of karma.“
Excerpts from Pure Wisdom by Shih Cheng Yen (Jing Si Publications, 2022).