Q: Master, an old saying goes, “All causes and conditions are decided by deities.” If this is true, how can we make good karma by ourselves?
A: Causes and conditions of one’s life are created by himself/herself rather than deities. You can read the book ofLiao-Fan's Four Lessons.
Q: Master, what if I am uncertain about different choices and cannot make a decision? I always want to get a definite answer and find my ultimate goal of life. Sometimes I doubt our excessive belief in the so-called destiny. Is that correct?
A: There is no definite answer to life. Our life is shaped by our mind. It’s better to change the state of mind rather than to change external circumstances.
Q: Amitabha Buddha! Bow to Master! How can one change himself to be able to overcome inattentiveness and to study diligently? For example, a person is eager to study, but whenever reading a book he will fall asleep and even feel a headache and feeble. After three years of practice, he still can’t memorizethe Shurangama Mantra. Is it because he is stupid and dull? He feels guilty. Looking forward to your advice.
A: No one can give up on you as long as you don't give up on yourself. You may read the story of Chulapanthaka, one of the Buddha’s disciples. (He was known for his dullness resulting from previous life’s bad karma, but attained awakening in the end.)
Q: Master, I think I’m a cowardly, indecisive, sensitive and paranoid idiot. What should I do to become stronger? I feel like a failure!
A: Strengthen your heart and improve yourself by facing all kinds of challenges in life. As an old saying goes: “The ocean is vast because it accepts all rivers; the cliff rises sky-high because it stands steadfast."