Q: As Buddhists, what should we do when we see a dead cat or dog on the road when driving?
A: Given the traffic condition these days, it is quite impossible to get out of the car and find a place to bury the dead animal. However, one thing we can do is to silently chant the Mantra of Reincarnation. Failing that, one can exercise one’s power of compassion with these thoughts: “You are killed by your ignorance because you didn’t know any better. You were born an animal this life time but you are liberated now. I hope you can return a human next time and get to know the Three Gems (namely the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha) for the sake of your own salvation.” However, for such wishes to be effective, one must have attained a considerable high level of cultivation. Otherwise, chanting the mantra may be a better option. Chanting Amitaba’s name is of limited use as this requires the personal effort of the being, something animals are unable to do. The Mantra of Reincarnation is a good choice as it carries the Buddha’s teaching.
Q: When my face loses its glow, people will start to comment on it. I also suffer from frequent headaches and blur vision. I have tried having my life read by the fortune tellers at temples and sought help from them. But they are all quite beyond my comprehension. What shall I do to get the glow back on my face?
A: Well, you need to learn more about yourself instead of allowing yourself to be manipulated by others. You take toke to heart what you hear and feel troubled by it. I can say you are practically living for other people. When I say living for others does not mean giving of yourself. Your life belongs to you and you should live for yourself, your way.