Q: Master, what is the Buddhist view of divination and astrology?
A: Divination does not convey any substantial meaning. Buddhism believes that destiny is shaped by karma, and karma is created by ourselves.
Q: Master, I am a weak-willed person with little self-discipline. I can barely persevere with anything to the end. What should I do to change my fate? I was told by a fortune teller that I couldn’t live longer than 22. Is it possible to change that outcome?
A: Persistence can be trained and developed gradually. Take every present moment to make good karma to shape your fate.Liao-Fan’s Four Lessons is a good book for your reference.
Q: Greetings to Master! One of my friends was diagnosed with liver cancer and is hospitalized in Beijing. I ought to visit her but was told by a fortune teller to avoid places with strong “Yin Qi” (negative energy) like hospitals this year. Now I am in a dilemma. How can I avoid bad luck if I go? Please give me some advice. Thank you!
A: A good heart will bring you a good fate.
Q: Hello, Master! Someone said I had strong “Yin Qi” (negative energy). What do you think I should do and not do?
A: Don’t worry about it. Keep a good heart, be kind to others and face the life with gratitude and joy, and then “An upright heart will not be disturbed by evil.”